Sri Lanka: Remedial Justice for 1983 massacre of Tamils would have averted 2009 Mullivaaikaal Genocide – TGTE

Sinhalese Mobs killed Tamils and detroyed Tamil properties

Today Tamils across the globe are remembering 34th anniversary of massacre of Tamils – Black July 83.

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, July 24, 2017 / —

During the final days of July 1983, Sinhala racism unleashed a pogrom towards the Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka, when thousands of Tamils were killed and Tamil properties were destroyed, said Transnational Government of Tamil Eeelam (TGTE).

As noted by the International Commission of Jurists in their reports following the 1983 riots, business establishments bearing English names but owned by Tamils were also demolished. This established the fact that the 1983 Massacre was pre- planned targeting the Tamils, and orchestrated by the State itself or with the connivance of the State to, in addition to killing Tamils and raping Tamil women, also destroy any economic position held by Tamils in the South. Thus began the exodus of Tamils to the Tamil homeland and to countries abroad as asylum seekers.

At the height of the genocidal barbarism more than 50 Tamil political prisoners were tortured and massacred in the main Welikade prison in the capital.

The then Sri Lankan President J. R. Jayawardene in an interview to London Daily Telegraph brazenly told:
“I am not worried about the opinion of the Jaffna Tamils Now. Now we cannot think of that. Not about their lives or their opinion about us.”

Following the 1983 massacre the Sri Lankan delegate to the UN stated:
“The Sri Lankan authorities… would leave no stone unturned to bring justice to all those responsible for killings, violence and acts of destruction no matter who they were and regardless of their status, ideology or political alignments. There would be no exception.”

However, thus far the Sri Lankan state, the Sri Lankan Government, the Buddhist establishment, the Sinhala media or the Sinhala people have neither acknowledged nor apologized for, individually or collectively, for the 1983 racial pogrom inflicted on the Tamil people.

Even the present government, the so called pioneer of “good governance” has at no stage
acknowledged or apologized for what happened in 1983. The present Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe, who was the Minister for Youth and Employment during the 1983 racial pogrom, who holds a special responsibility as part of the then Cabinet, has not uttered a word on the matter let alone acknowledge it or apologize for it.

Black July 83 was not an isolated one-time event. It was a watershed moment in the process of Tamil annihilation on the island of Sri Lanka. It culminated in 2009 in Mullivaaikaal Genocide in which more than 100,000 Tamils were killed.

Had Tamils been given remedial justice as reparation to the 1983 racial pogrom in the form of an independent state, 2009 Mullaivaaikaal Genocide would have been averted.

There is no surprise that to date no one has been held accountable for all that took place in 2009. In 2015, in order to divert the international call to accountability, Sri Lanka co-sponsored Resolution 30/1 along with UK and US in the Human Rights Council. However, the former Foreign Minister and the current Finance Minister, Mr. Mangala Samaraweera, has explicitly stated that he had clearly told the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid al-Hussein, that Sri Lanka would not implement the HRC Resolution 30/1. The President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka are on record for their public repudiation of the central feature of the Resolution, namely participation of international judges in a judicial capacity in the accountability process.

It is important to note that immediately following the 1983 racial pogrom the International Commission of Jurists stated that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) is used exclusively against the Tamils. In 2015, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid al-Hussein, stated that the PTA is used in a racial manner. The US State Department Human Rights Reports have repeatedly commented that the victims of disproportionate human rights violations in Sri Lanka are Tamils. Today, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Mr Ben Emmerson QC, has stated that it is the Tamil community that bears the brunt of the State’s well-oiled torture apparatus. These claims made by different institutions over three decades of history go to establish the fact that all the persecution and oppression in Sri Lanka are not ethnic-neutral but carried out on a people on account of their Tamil ethnicity – it is an act of Genocide pure and simple.

Thus Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) urges governments around the world to take on the recommendations of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and initiate domestic prosecution, by invoking universal jurisdiction, against Sri Lankan political and military leaders implicated in the 1983 racial pogrom and the 2009 Mullivaaikaal Genocide.

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Hope and Life Press Announces The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual by Angelo Stagnaro

The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual

Angelo Stagnaro

Hope and Life Press

In face of the destruction of innocent human beings as an inalienable right, Stagnaro offers overwhelming logic which exposes the lies used to defend abortion

Stagnaro refutes, with many outside sources, 119 top pro-abortion myths…So much good, logical information, it can be used to educate and arm Catholics on how to advocate for lives of the unborn”

— Maria McFadden Maffucci, Editor – Human Life Review

EAST LONGMEADOW, MA, USA, July 24, 2017 / — Hope and Life Press is proud to announce the release of The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual by National Catholic Register editorialist, Holy See liaison, and Catholic News Service chief NY correspondent Angelo Stagnaro. The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual presents the 119 top myths about abortion and detailed arguments against them derived from the fields of science, history, philosophy, logic and theology. Intended to foreground the distinction between truth and political correctness, science and pseudoscience, logic and pseudologic, history and pseudohistory, this manual similarly addresses in depth the topics of artificial contraception, genetic screening and designer babies. Several remedies against them are provided, together with a section on the five ways of natural family planning. The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, directly from the publishers, and major booksellers. The book has been granted the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York.


Italian-American grant- and award-winning journalist Angelo Erasmus Stagnaro is a news correspondent with the United Nations, newspapers and international wire services in the United States of America (US), Europe and Australia. He is the principal liaison between the Consulate of the Holy See in New York City (NYC) and the Catholic News Service in Washington, D.C., as well as the Service's chief correspondent in NYC. Stagnaro is a regular contributor to the National Catholic Register and his major articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Catholic Herald, National Catholic Reporter, America Magazine, US Catholic Magazine, and The Tablet among others. He is foreign correspondent for OnlineCatholics Magazine and a freelance journalist with

​Stagnaro is the author of The Catechist's Magic Kit, The Christian Book of the Dead, How to Pray the Dominican Way, and A Lenten Cookbook for Catholics. These books have been granted the Nihil Obstat/Imprimatur by the Diocese of Brooklyn. A professional stage mentalist and one of the world's experts in cold reading, he is also the author of eight books on stage magic/cold reading, all of which are seminal works that have been translated into the French, German, and Spanish languages. Stagnaro has lectured in more than 70 cities across North America, Europe, and Asia. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Smoke and Mirrors, the net's largest ezine for professional stage magicians. He is also Guildmaster of the Catholic Magicians' Guild, President of the Society of Concerned American Magicians, and Chairman of the Occult Investigation Committee of the Society of American Magicians.

​Stagnaro holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology/Archaeology from the State University of New York at Albany, with specializations in the Ethnology of Religion, Ethnicity in America, Physical Anthropology, and Population Studies. He also holds a Graduate Certificate of Asian Studies from Kansai Gaikokugo Daigaku, with specialization in Contemporary Asian Religions, and pursued graduate studies in theology at the University of Notre Dame, specializing in Hebrew Wisdom Literature, Liturgy, and Catholic Spirituality. Stagnaro was awarded the 2008 Catholic Press Association Award (First Place) for Best News Writing for National Event with his coverage of Benedict XVI's US papal trip. His article The Monastic Ways of the Wise Little Bee was included in the National Catholic Reporter's compilation Best Catholic Spirituality Writing 2013. Stagnaro is a professed member of the Secular Franciscans and has served as Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) catechist in NYC and Singapore.​


The author, Angelo Stagnaro, will offer $1000 to Planned Parenthood for any and all logical or factual mistakes found in The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual. If a challenge is made and found to be illegitimate or illogical, the issuer of the challenge must pay $500 to Bridge to Life, Flushing, New York and $500 to Stagnaro for each erroneous or spurious claim of logical error or factual inconsistency. Unique and specific to the challenger, proof of purchase of the book must accompany each claim. Contact Hope and Life Press at for the full details of this challenge.

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ACC GLOBAL MEDIA features Weight Loss & Empowerment Coach Robin Hart




ACC GLOBAL NEWS features Weight Loss & Empowerment Coach Robin Hart on Hypnosis, Empowerment & New Perspectives

Robin Hart has learned that the key to REAL CHANGE is in your subconscious mind and that ANYONE has the ability to create permanent change from the inside out.””


HILLSBORO, OREGON, UNITED STATES, July 21, 2017 / — Robin Hart & ANew Perspective Hypnosis & Coaching LLC Hillsboro, Oregon
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NCJFCJ Recognizes Innovation and Impact With 3rd Annual Justice Innovation Awards

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announced two honorees of the 3rd annual Justice Innovation Awards

For many years, Judge Connors has shown a remarkable dedication to implementing tribal and community court peacemaking principles to resolve cases.”

— Bridget M. McCormack, Michigan Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 20, 2017 / — (Reno, Nev.) – The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announced two honorees of the 3rd annual Justice Innovation Awards recognizing the national Innovator of the Year and the Impact of the Year recipients: the Honorable Timothy Connors of the 22nd Circuit Court in Washtenaw County, Mich. and the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, D.C. The honorees were recognized at the NCJFCJ’s 80th Annual Conference highlighting informative presentations on current and cutting edge topics that inspired, provoked and precipitated discussions about issues facing the juvenile and family court system.

The Innovator of the Year Award honors an active, in-good-standing NCJFCJ member who has inspired, sponsored, promoted or led an innovation or accomplishment of national significance in juvenile justice, child abuse and neglect, family law, and/or domestic violence. The Impact of the Year Award recognizes, from the Annual Conference-host state (Washington, D.C.), an individual, state/local court, law firm, advocacy group, or service provider who has been instrumental in leading or implementing significant improvements or innovations which advance the mission of the NCJFCJ.

“It is our privilege to recognize the outstanding work of both Judge Connors and the team at the Latin American Youth Center,” said Judge Anthony (Tony) Capizzi, NCJFCJ president. “We honor their tireless commitment to improving the lives of children and families, especially those in our justice system. We hope that we can continue to raise awareness of the core issues that affect our nation’s families.”

Judge Connors serves as co-chair of the Michigan Tribal-State-Federal Forum, instrumental in drafting the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act. In 2013, he was awarded a grant by the Michigan Supreme Court to determine whether tribal peacemaking values and practices could be implemented in a state court system. As presiding judge of the Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court, he has fostered the healing of important relationships among litigants in child welfare, family and probate cases by incorporating Native American peacemaking principles and philosophies in conflict resolution.

“I am forever grateful to the Michigan Supreme Court, the University of Michigan Law School, and now the NCJFCJ for opening this path of Peacemaking and restorative justice in state court systems,” said Judge Connors. “This path is the creation of the collaborative effort of the National American Indian Court Judges Association, the Native American Rights Fund Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative and the Michigan Tribal State Federal Forum to find common ground. This common ground greatly benefits our youth, our families and our communities. I hope all of our states will choose to walk this path together.”

“This is a great national honor that Judge Connors has received, and it is well deserved,” said Bridget M. McCormack, Michigan Supreme Court. “For many years, Judge Connors has shown a remarkable dedication to implementing tribal and community court peacemaking principles to resolve cases. In fact, his court was the first in Michigan to adopt the use of these principles, and his success in this area has prompted other states to take notice. His passion for applying justice in collaborative and innovative ways is nothing short of inspiring.”

“Judge Connors honors and respects the traditions of the tribes and tribal justice systems that provided the foundational knowledge and peacemaking principles for his court,” said Nikki Borchardt Campbell, Executive Director, National American Indian Court Judges Association. “We believe these restorative principles can be beneficial to participants when applied correctly and in the exact manner that Judge Connors has applied them in his court. His court and his approach are shining examples. We are proud of his work and his contribution to both state and tribal courts.”

The Latin American Youth Center’s (LAYC) mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood, through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths’ social, academic, and career needs. The LAYC works with every young person who comes through their doors, to help them develop the skills and self-confidence they need to make a successful transition to young adulthood. The LAYC offers bilingual programs and services designed to address the multiple needs of the young people and families in the community.

They have services to help youth achieve independent living, job training, substance abuse treatment programs, and a teen mom's program. Their areas of service include: Academics, with year-round tutoring and homework assistance, after-school programs, GED exam preparation and education, and college preparation and retention; Arts and Recreation, offering art and media programs, out-of-school time recreation, and mentoring; Job Readiness, with job preparedness and life skills training, job placement services, internships, and career exploration; Safe Housing, offering short- and long-term family-based and transitional living programs for homeless and runaway youth with special programs for young families and LGBTQ-identifying youth; and Health and Wellness, providing welcoming, non-clinical settings for sexual health education and HIV/STI/pregnancy testing and counseling, mental health and substance use disorders treatment, and parenting skills for young parents.

“The work we do at the Latin American Youth Center is truly a collaboration between compassionate District Court judges like the Honorable Hiram Puig-Lugo who committed to supporting our communities, the dedicated staff of D.C.'s Children and Family Services Administration, and LAYC's team of youth developers and social workers going above and beyond for each youth who comes through our doors,” said Lori M. Kaplain, president and CEO, LAYC. “Together, through innovative and community-based collaboration, we're able to make a real difference in the lives of our most vulnerable youth, in particular for youth of color and immigrant youth. We are truly humbled and appreciative of this award.”

“The Latin American Youth Center has a long and distinguished history of dedicated support for families in the Washington, D.C. area,” said the Honorable Hiram Puig-Lugo, Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Their commitment to service has helped countless immigrant and non-immigrant youth navigate the difficult journey from adolescence into adulthood. They are a valuable, integral and indispensable part of our community.”

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A grant of 20 Billions REcoins will change the future of donation-based crowdfunding

“We make a living by what we get, But we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

RE Coin Group is pleased to announce a 20 billion REcoins grant for the evolution of the donation-based crowdfunding segment.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, July 20, 2017 / — A grant of 20 Billions REcoins will change the future of donation-based crowdfunding
RE Coin Group is pleased to announce a 20 billion REcoins grant for the evolution of the donation-based crowdfunding segment. These funds will be allocated to Live Love Laugh Global throughout the next 50 years to support the 101help program and its beneficiaries.
REcoin is a first socially orientated crypto currency. REcoin Group is bound on helping various charitable foundations and organizations and the segment in general. The creators of REcoin consider charity an important part of the existence of the society. is a California based crowdfunding donation-based platform, functioning and helping people and NGOs all over the world. After placing a multiple number of campaigns on various platforms, LLLGlobal has collected statistics on how they worked and decided to create their own a user-friendly platform.
101help is available for NGOs as well as the individuals. Unfortunately, not many people in developing countries know "How it works." That is why 101help goes with a free set of instructions for the most effective use of it.
LLL Global international charitable foundation and 101help program connects the people who seek help with the donors from all over the world. LLLGlobal grants are going to be distributed through the review process of the campaigns placed on the 101help platform.
The distribution of the grant funds will occur on a daily basis, to help the struggling individuals and socially important project registered on the platform. Grant support will not be directed at a single project. 101help program enables people to create campaigns dedicated to all kinds of charitable and socially important projects. The 101help team is dedicated to helping these campaigns to realize their potential.
“I believe that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity, giving back to the community, have a positive effect on our long-term moods and cultural level. The key to the happy life for everyone is an ability to share the good in you: sustainable incomes, challenging work, relationships and connections with your community.” Maksim Zaslavskiy founder of RE Coin

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Solar Street Lights Illuminate Bujumbura, Burundi

Gigawatt Global launches its off-grid program in Africa, starting in Bujumbura

Bujumbura Mayor and Gigawatt Global leaders Michael Fichtenberg and Nathaniel Johnson sign the solar “Light Islands” deal

“Educating the next generation about how to use solar is part of our mission,” says Yosef Abramowitz, CEO of Gigawatt Global

Solar Pioneer Gigawatt Global Expands its Green Energy Offerings in Africa

By expanding our investments from commercial scale projects to include off-grid additionally, we are positively impacting the lives of millions of people in Burundi and throughout Africa”

— Yosef I. Abramowitz, CEO, Gigawatt Global

AMSTERDAM , HOLLAND , July 19, 2017 / — Downtown Bujumbura just got a little brighter, thanks to an innovative partnership between Mayor Freddy MBONIMPA and Gigawatt Global, a founding member of United States Power Africa's Beyond the Grid program.

This week solar-powered "light islands" began appearing in the heavily-trafficked central bus station and nearby marketplace, extending commercial hours and personal safety.

“The city of Bujumbura is very pleased to be working with Gigawatt Global on this important solar street lighting project," said Mayor Freddy MBONIMPA. "This project will enhance security as well as provide opportunities for economic development to the citizens of Bujumbura. It is the hope and wish of all involved that this project can spread throughout the city, as well as expand to other cities in Burundi within the near future.”

Gigawatt Global is now in discussions to scale the solar-powered "light islands" program throughout the city and in other major Burundian towns. "We are grateful and pleased to work with the city of Bujumbura, and the Honorable Mayor Freddy MBONIMPA to realise this important first step of the solar street lighting project," said Michael Fichtenberg, Managing Director of Gigawatt Global Burundi. "We intend to expand throughout the capital and to other locations as part of our larger program of green electrification in Burundi, with 40 'light islands' planned in the first phase of the program," Fichtenberg continued. "Every country in which we develop commercial scale solar fields will receive additional benefits like these 'light islands' and rural electrification with mini-grids."

Gigawatt Global, which provides 100% financing for its projects, pioneered commercial scale solar power plants in sub-Sahara Africa, launching the first one in Rwanda in 2014, which is currently supplying 6% of the country's generation capacity. Gigawatt Global will complete a 7.5 Mw solar field in the Gitega region of Burundi in the next six months, which will supply 15% of the East African country's generation capacity. Similar projects are currently being developed in 10 African countries, including Liberia and South Sudan, among many others.

"Over 95% of Burundi's 11 million people lack access to electricity. Gigawatt Global is honoured to play a role in advancing economic and social development through green power in the country," says Josef Abramowitz, CEO of Gigawatt Global. "By expanding our investments from commercial scale projects to include off-grid installations, we are positively impacting the lives of millions of people in Burundi and throughout Africa, and are becoming a leading force in green energy projects across the continent."

The 'light islands' project in Bujumbura is produced by a team that includes local members Patrick NZINTUNGA, Gigawatt Global Regional Coordinator, and Deo HUGERE., Gigawatt Global Engineer. The engineering, procurement, and construction components of this project are being carried out by Asantys System. The pilot program is supported by the Energy & Environmental Partnership (EEP), an initiative of the governments of the United Kingdom, Austria and Finland, and with an impact investment from entrepreneur Alex Goldberg.

"God bless the people of Burundi," says Goldberg. "In Bujumbura, we found a place ripe for innovation and open to economic development."

As part of Gigawatt Global's commitment to additional Corporate Social Responsibility, one of its investors, Mark Gelfand, funded and built the STEM Centre (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at the Université Polytechnique de Gitega.

About Gigawatt Global:
Gigawatt Global is a multinational renewable energy company bringing new sources of green power and social development to Africa. Led by a team of seasoned project developers, financiers, impact investors and solar energy experts, the American-owned Dutch company develops, finances, owns and operates renewable energy installations (solar, wind and hydro) across the African continent.

About Power Africa's Beyond the Grid:
The USAID Power Africa Initiative’s goal is to enable electricity access by adding 60 million new electricity connections and 30,000 MW of new and cleaner power generation. Power Africa works to bring together technical and legal experts, the private sectors, and governments from around the world to work in partnership to increase the number of people with access to power.

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Victims of Drugged Drivers Take Issue with Proposed Marijuana-Impaired Driving Levels




Advocacy Groups Propose More Stringent Two-Tiered Approach Popular in Europe

Proper justice for DUID victims is not possible when perpetrators are not found guilty of driving under the influence and thus sentenced to a lesser crime”

— Ed Wood, founder of DUID Victim Voices

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, July 19, 2017 / — The Canadian Government has promised that its C-46 bill to strengthen impaired driving laws will protect Canadians from drug impaired drivers after marijuana’s legalization. But an opposition brief filed today by DUID Victim Voices with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Parliament disagrees. The thoroughly-documented brief says C-46 is fundamentally flawed and threatens to make matters worse for victims of impaired driving. “Proper justice for DUID victims is not possible when perpetrators are not found guilty of driving under the influence and thus sentenced to a lesser crime,” says Ed Wood, founder of DUID Victim Voices.

C-46 seeks to establish per se levels for drugs based upon a belief that the same kind of per se levels that have been successful in dealing with alcohol-impaired driving can also work with drugs. That belief cannot be supported by any scientific studies. In particular, marijuana is so unlike alcohol chemically, biologically and metabolically, that the brief warns it is irrational to use a prescribed per se level for marijuana’s ∆9- tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC).

DUID Victim Voices, an advocacy group for the victims of drug impaired driving, proposes that the bill be rewritten to support a tandem per se approach which is based on scientific research. “Adoption of defined drug per se levels that cannot be scientifically supported not only can also prevent victims of impaired driving from seeing justice, it also threatens public credibility and acceptance of the law,” Wood explains.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana of Canada is also supportive of the brief. "We endorse this rejection of Bill C-46. Survey data shows that young Canadians are not cognizant of the risk of driving impaired by marijuana. The country needs a massive public education program, which could take 15 years like the one for drunk driving awareness." adds Pamela McColl of SAM Canada.

Alcohol per se levels work reasonably well where alcohol is the only impairing substance due to the following facts. Unfortunately, these facts are also unique to alcohol, don’t always apply to other drugs, and don’t apply at all to marijuana’s THC.

1. Alcohol leaves the body linearly and at a slow and predictable rate, but:
On average, the maximum blood THC level is decreased by 73% from its peak level within 25 minutes of beginning to smoke a joint. The median time between a crash and taking a driver’s blood sample is two hours, so laboratory tests tell us nothing about the blood THC level at the time of the crash.

2. Levels of alcohol in blood are similar to levels in the brain, but:
Marijuana’s THC is fat-soluble. It is very rapidly absorbed from the blood by highly perfused fatty tissues like the brain, heart, liver and lungs. Consequently, blood levels of THC tell us nothing about the levels of THC in the brain, which is the only place that really matters when trying to evaluate impairment. THC can even be found in the brain when none can be detected in blood.

3. Blood levels of alcohol correlate very well with measured levels of impairment, but:
Laboratory blood levels of THC do not correlate at all with either brain levels of THC or impairment measurements. A recent American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety report concluded, “A quantitative threshold for per se laws for THC following cannabis use cannot be scientifically supported.”
Because THC is so quickly redistributed from the blood to the brain and other organs, the majority of stoned drivers arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs test below current proposed per se levels and would therefore escape OWI per se prosecution.

Having most stoned drivers escape prosecution may be an acceptable social policy for non-consequential OWI arrests, but many OWI cases involve death or serious bodily injuries. Permitting the majority of those cases to escape prosecution is a miscarriage of justice that should not be tolerated.

Rather than a defined per se limit, DUID Victim Voices suggests that “tandem per se” be used to prove the crime of OWI per se. Using this approach, a person would be guilty of OWI per se under the following sequence of conditions:

• The driver was arrested by an officer who had probable cause, based on the driver’s demeanor, behavior and observable impairment to believe that the driver was impaired; and
• Proof that the driver had any amount of an impairing substance in his/her blood, oral fluid, or breath.

The tandem per se approach is consistent with the recommendation of the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety. It is similar to two-tier systems in place in Germany, France, Belgium and Finland.

DUID Victim Voices represents the interests of the victims of drugged driving, providing fact-based education and a victim perspective to decision makers and to the general public. Visit the website,

Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada is a bipartisan alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to a health-first approach to marijuana policy. Visit to learn more.

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Fungal Disease expert urges Government to review house building regulations

We should take the example of Scandinavia”

— Professor David Denning

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, July 18, 2017 / — At a meeting of the Parliamentary and Scientific committee in the House of Commons, Professor David Denning from Manchester University called on government to review current building regulations to address the rise in asthma cases caused by a lack of ventilation in buildings. There is a direct link between a lack of ventilation and subsequent growth of moulds that can cause asthma.

Professor Denning said: "Major opportunities exist to reduce new asthma cases by improving ventilation in homes and offices, as well as improving asthma symptoms. In addition, with 120,000 to 450,000 fungal asthma sufferers in the UK, earlier recognition by GPs and specialists and a trial of antifungal therapy, major health benefits are tangible."

“We should take the example of Scandinavia”, Professor David Denning further added. “They are using a system of heat exchange that is very effective, as households are not consuming energy, while keeping the air clean”.

The parliamentarians were also told that there are over a billion people across the world affected by fungal diseases resulting in 11.5 million life-threatening infections and over 1.5 million deaths every year.

Recent advances in diagnostics, robust screening programmes and improved access to low cost antifungal drugs could provide an unprecedented opportunity to reduce the burdens of ill health and death, especially in those with HIV/AIDS.

Professor Denning made three further requests of the parliamentarians:
1. Improved building regulations for older houses to optimise ventilation to reduce mould and condensation, commensurate with housing stock and heat conservation. 
2. Ensure that any new antifungal drug for human use cannot be sprayed on crops or used in the environment. 
3. To look at a code of practice greatly restricting the use of five azole antifungals in non-essential food crops, across Europe. 

Notes to editors:

Professor David Denning is a practising physician at the University Hospital South Manchester (UHSM) with expertise in fungal infections, particularly aspergillosis, antifungal resistance, the treatment of fungal infection and infection in the immunocompromised patient.

He is also the president of the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections (GAFFI).

GAFFI is a charitable foundation (NGO) focused on reducing deaths and illness caused by fungal disease. 
Fungal diseases are neglected worldwide by public health authorities. GAFFI efforts are directed at:

1. Identifying and publicising gaps in diagnostics and treatments for fungal diseases
2. Consulting on how healthcare could be improved through facilitating training, encouraging companies to expand their markets and recommending improvements in infrastructure
3. Estimating the burden of serious fungal diseases, country by country. Over 68 country estimates are complete, and many of these are published
4. Developing, implementing and evaluating countrywide diagnostic programs – Guatemala (fungal infections in AIDS) the first
5. Influencing national and international agencies to ‘adopt’ fungal diseases alongside existing programs including TB, microbiology, AMR, NTDs and incorporation of key generic antifungals onto the WHO Essential Medicines List.
6. Focusing diagnostic improvements for GAFFI’s priority diseases. 

One of the first countries of the world where researchers suggested the generation of triazole antifungal drug resistance originates in the environment was the Netherlands which is a world leader for the production of plant bulbs, with almost nine billion bulbs, mostly tulips, exported every year. These bulbs are sold throughout the world with major markets in the US, Japan, China, EU and Russia.

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UCP of Orange County in Search of Next CEO

The Irvine-based organization has secured the executive search firm McDermott & Bull to manage the search process for the new Chief Executive Officer

This is the time to be laser-focused on what is most important in our community and how we can best deliver on our promise to effect real and lasting change for children and families in Orange County.”

— Jim Corbett

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 18, 2017 / — After exploring a long-term strategy for UCP of Orange County, Deborah Levy, President & CEO, and the nonprofit’s Board of Directors decided to part ways effective June 2017.

UCP of Orange County (UCP-OC) provides services to 5,639 local children and families affected by disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and other developmental delays.

Succession Process Under Way
The Irvine-based organization secured the executive search firm McDermott & Bull to manage the search process for the new Chief Executive Officer. UCP-OC’s Board of Directors convened a succession committee to ensure a seamless transition and continued momentum.

UCP-OC Board Chair Jim Corbett explained, “This is the time for us to be laser-focused on what is most important in our community and how we can best deliver on our promise to effect real and lasting change for children and families in Orange County. Naturally, a smooth transition plan will not only secure but also reinforce our role as one of Orange County’s leading and visionary non-profit organizations.”

Qualified, interested candidates should contact Anne Terry, Executive Search Associate at McDermott & Bull, at 949.529.2692 or

Foundation Laid for a Strong Future
“I am extremely proud of the hundreds of dedicated UCP-OC employees. Their talent, hard work, and commitment improves the lives of children with disabilities and their families every day. I look forward to watching UCP-OC grow and continue to thrive,” said Levy.

Corbett, who is spearheading the search committee working in concert with McDermott & Bull, is confident that the process will identify a new leader who will build on the solid foundation laid by Levy.

He says that the board and leadership team are well equipped to continue the transformative growth of the organization to meet the growing needs of children with disabilities in Orange County and their families.

Since 1953, UCP-OC has helped children with disabilities reach their full potential. Through six comprehensive programs, caregivers, specialists and therapists actively work with kids to improve their quality of life and that of the entire family. To help families, UCP-OC also provides the support and resources needed to meet the demands of everyday life and advocate for their child. For more information, call (949) 333-6400 or visit

Barbara Kimler
Barbara Kimler PR
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Missing: Pro Bono Attorney For Class Action Lawsuit In Miskitu-Nicaragua Case

Hon. Jon S Tigar Presiding Judge

In 1957, The Somoza Govt.killed my Brothers and Uncles. In 1960, I had a 3-day leave or death option. I left my beloved-Mosquitia thinking I'd be of better service alive. Ever since-I've Sought sovereignty and the international right of self-determination of Miskitu!

IIn 1957, The Somoza Govt.killed my Brothers and Uncles. In 1960, I had a 3-day leave or death option. I left my beloved-Mosquitia thinking I’d be of better service alive. Ever since-I’ve Sought sovereignty and the international right of self-determination of Mosquitia

Since a US court – now created-exception to Fisa rule under 7d with respect to human rights violations, genocide, terrorism, mass murder under the Alien Torts Act including the taking of property from national without compensation, leaves the door open…

Hon.Judge.Tigar in U S District Court-NOR-CA-Orders-Rev.Josephenie E-secure counsel before going forward-class action claims against both President & Nicaragua.

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

— – Alice Walker

OAKLAND, CA, UNITED STATES, July 17, 2017 / — Class Action Lawsuit In Miskitu-Nicaragua Case Requires Counsel

San Francisco, July 17, 2017 – The Honorable Judge Jon S. Tigar who is presiding in United States District Court in Northern California case of Robertson vs. Nicaragua dismissing a portion of the lawsuit pending the plaintiffs securing counsel. The Court has ordered the Miskitu government in exile to secure counsel before going forward with their class action claims against the Republic of Nicaragua, et al.
The plaintiffs have satisfactory pursued and self-represented themselves in this lawsuit for the last five months without the ability to secure counsel which now is both essential and crucial for the Miskitu peoples to proceed with their complaint with less than a week to be in compliance with Judge Tigar’s order issued on June 26th, 2017.
The United States District Court has jurisdiction pursuant to the exception that comes from the 2013 United States Supreme Court decision in Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum Co, saying it was presumed not to cover foreign conduct unless the claims sufficiently “touch and concern” the US. If the person or plaintiffs are in the USA then the USA is "touched and concerned" and they can file international claims against a foreign nation.
The Miskitu nation is seeking a team player lawyer with the federal credentials to properly represent the indigenous peoples of the Miskitu territories as well as those Miskitu descendants that now live in the United States and welcome all inquiries. If you are a lawyer and meet the criteria mentioned in this press release please feel free to contact our Miskitu representative at your earliest convenience.
If anyone is interested in helping the Miskitu people with this federal complaint, or recommend a lawyer who will volunteer their services please contact the Miskitu Government in Exile on their website at or please contact Ercell Fleurima-510-868-0658 at

Ercell Valcina Monic Hendy Rima Fleurima Tawaska
510-410-1144 or 510-868-0658 or 530-313-3118
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Miskitu Nation Under Siege

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