A preliminary hearing of the independent human rights board of inquiry into Mark Thomas v. Halifax Water Commission is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 24. Mr. Thomas alleges that he was discriminated against on the basis of his physical disability and race and/or colour while employed by Halifax Water Commission. Halifax Water denies the allegation. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Board of Inquiry Hearing Room at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission office, 5657 Spring Garden Rd., Suite 305, Halifax. The board chair, Dennis James, is independent of the commission, which is representing the public interest. -30-
In East Asia there was a 56 per cent increase followed by a 48 per cent rise in both the other two regions, according to AIDS Epidemic Update 2004, the annual report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The number of people living with HIV globally has also reached its highest level with an estimated 39.4 million people, up from an estimated 36.6 million in 2002. “We do not yet have a vaccine, but we do know that prevention and treatment work and we have the tools to deliver them. Government leaders, civil society and the private sector are all affected and we must all mobilize to save lives,” WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook said. “These latest trends firmly establish AIDS as a unique development challenge,” UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot added of the report’s indication that there is no single AIDS epidemic worldwide, with many regions and countries experiencing diverse epidemics, some still in the early stages. “The time of quick fixes and emergency responses is over. We have to balance the emergency nature of the crisis with the need for sustainable solutions,” he added. Women are increasingly affected, now making up nearly half of the 37.2 million adults aged 15 to 49 living with HIV worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa, the worst-affected region, close to 60 per cent of adults living with HIV are women – or 13.3 million. The steepest increases in overall HIV infections also occurred in East Asia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with a 50 per cent rise in East Asia largely attributable to growing epidemics in China, Indonesia and Viet Nam. The 40 per cent increase in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is mainly due to Ukraine’s expanding epidemic and the growing number of people living with HIV in the Russian Federation. With an estimated 860,000 people living with HIV at the end of 2003, Russia has the largest epidemic in Europe. As the numbers of people becoming infected and living with HIV increases, so does the number of those needing antiretroviral treatment, as well as care for opportunistic infections. Women are more physically susceptible to HIV infection than men. Male-to-female HIV transmission during sex is about twice as likely to occur as female-to-male transmission. For many women in developing countries, the “ABC” prevention approach (Abstinence, Being faithful and reducing number of sexual partners, and Condom use) is insufficient. “Strategies to address gender inequalities are urgently needed if we want a realistic chance at turning back the epidemic,” Dr. Piot said. “Concrete action is necessary to prevent violence against women, and ensure access to property and inheritance rights, basic education and employment opportunities for women and girls.” According to the report, millions of young people are becoming sexually active each day with no access to prevention services. In sub-Saharan Africa, three quarters of all 15 to 24 year-olds living with HIV are female. Young women there are three times more vulnerable to HIV infection than their male counterparts. In addition to being biologically more vulnerable to infection, many women and girls, particularly in southern Africa, find themselves using sex as a commodity in exchange for goods, services, money or basic necessities – often with older men. In other regions where the epidemic is spread largely by intravenous drug users and female prostitutes with male clients, women made up between 25 per cent and 40 per cent of reported cases. In North America, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among African-American women ages 35 to 44, apparently the result of undisclosed high-risk sexual behaviour of their male partners.Speaking at a press briefing, Desmond Johns, Director of the UNAIDS New York Office, said such facts “demonstrates eloquently the paradox that many women face, where they are at heightened vulnerability in the face of low risk.” Quite often – because of societal norms, gender imbalance and violence against women – “women are placed at risk for who they are and not so much for what they do,” he said.
The Slovakian club Tatran Presov donated a number of books on slovakian to the Croatian national library in Nasice. This donation is the start of one beautiful friendship and cooperation, as the idea was assisted by the home team – Nexe, with Vardar and Metalurg also joining the initiative in the future.This nice story was supported by Miroslav Chmeliar, the owner and president of Tatran, Miroslav Benciky, Tatran’s general manager, Hrvoje Simic, Deputy Mayor of Nasice, Silvija Sokic, the director of the Croatian city library in Nasice, Vjekoslav Mahlovic, spokesman of Nexe and Branka Baksa, vice-president of national minorities advisers in Croatia and secretary of the Slovak Union in Croatia.The books were given to the Nasice library by the owner and president of Tatran, Miroslav Chmeliar who said: “We know there is a minority Slovakin population living here. We want to have interaction with them and these books are reminder for them, so they know their origin, where they come from. It’s a big satisfaction that we were able to do it.”Donation included almost 200 books, with a spectrum of topics and contents. Tatran’s general manager explained how they collected the books: “We thought it would be a nice idea to collect the books for our cousins, people from Slovakia, outside their home town. Part of the books were donated by the people of Presov, the other part was donated by the county. Rest of it was donated by friends of the team. People were happy to give away books and to help. I believe it is a great thing to be able to give a book to a person from Slovakia on their mother tounge when they’re far away from home. The simbolism of this act is very nice”, said Benciky who emphasized the involvement of the SEHA – Gazprom League in the whole action. “Once again SEHA proved that it is a serious competition in Europe and that is not only focused on sport but makes connections with other parts of society. It is our honor to be a part of this competition, since it’s very beginnings. I hope that SEHA will gain even bigger support in the future. If there weren’t for SEHA, I don’t know if we would have pulled this off”, stated Benciky. The idea about this donation started two months ago, since Nasice has a large working population of Slovaks and Macedonians. That is why the head secretary of Nexe Vjekoslav Mahovlic wanted to take advantage of the good relationship the club has with Tatran, Vardar and Metalurg in a unique way. Mahlovic commended this cooperation through handball: “SEHA also helped a lot with this story, because if there weren’t for SEHA, who knows how often we would have met. Of course, handball in general as well. Sport was our guideline.”Nexe player Vedran Zrnic also commented this action: “I would like to applaud the slovakian book donation initiative, organized by Tatran Presov and our club Nexe, so that our library in Nasice gets more books. I think that’s great, it’s good that people read. Of course, athletes should read more, that’s important regarding the intellectual development and concentration. I think that’s very good for every sportsman. Read as much as you can.”source: SEHA GAZPROM League handball books ← Previous Story Dronninglund Cup 2018 – Tournament for everyone! Next Story → PSG Handball put Chambery on “0/6 mode”