LGBT group says under18s should have full gender ID rights

first_imgAccept-LGBT Cyprus have said they are satisfied the proposed bill on legal recognition of gender identity  is moving along, but are disappointed that the age component has been set at 18.“We hope that the proposed bill will move forward, but with slight adjustment. We’re quite disappointed with the part of the outcome that has to do with age, since this is not a decision that you need to wait until you’re 18 to make,” Accept president Nicholas Tryfon told the Cyprus Mail on Wednesday.The bill proposal provides for the right of any person over 18 who feels that their gender identity does not correspond to the one stated in official documents to request a correction of their registered gender.“Our initial proposal was that the required age should be set at 16, if not younger,” he added. “This is not an opinion – it’s based on evidence from studies from both Cyprus and abroad, which show that these realisations can solidify from quite a young age.”From his discussions with political parties, Tryfon said that there is a general consensus on the necessity of such a bill, but that their main concern is that of age. “They think that they’re protecting the children by raising the age, but they’re wrong.”Under the proposed legislation minors wishing to change their legally recognised gender identity would have to do so through their parents or guardians who need to file the form and after a court order.The court could issue the order for correcting the gender of a minor after it receives the green light by a committee comprised of a social worker, doctor specialised in gender identity matters and a psychologist. The parents would also have to verify that their child is in a position to make such a decision of its own free will and in full knowledge of the consequences.“We do applaud that there will be a panel, comprised of a psychologist and others, if an applicant is underage, but parents should not have such a defining role in the procedure,” Tryfon said.He referred to cases where minors ‘came out’ to their parents about their identified gender, after which one or both parents, either out of denial or for other reasons, made their child’s life harder by trying to repress or forbid the child’s expression of this gender.“Yes, parents should be able to voice their opinion, but the outcome should not be based solely on it. Their role should be more advisory, and the panel should be able to make the final decision,” he added.Tryfon referred to a case that Accept came across, where a four-year-old wanted to change gender identity. While the child was too young to make such a decision, “what if the child continues feeling that way, should it have to wait until the age of 18 to have legal recognition of its gender identity?”There are many cases of people changing their gender, through surgery and other painful means, Nicholas said, but this does not get recognised on paper.“So we owe it to our fellow citizens to give them the right to live with dignity and respect, at the very least.” You May LikeLovelydayoff.com9 Amazing Optical Illusions Guaranteed To Make Your Brain UnhappyLovelydayoff.comUndoBest BikesTop 10 Most Expensive Cars Available in the WorldBest BikesUndowww.moneysavingwallet.com15 Ways to Earn Money Online From home Without Investment [2019 Updated] – MoneySavingWalletwww.moneysavingwallet.comUndo Fresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoRouhani hopes British PM Johnson’s “familiarity” with Iran will help improve relationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Suspected burglar arrested in Paphos

first_imgPaphos police on Tuesday arrested a 23-year-old man after receiving information that he was involved in a burglary.Following investigations, police found evidence that he had carried out six burglaries in the past two weeks in the centre of Paphos.Restaurants, shops and a hotel were targeted.Police believe the suspect was likely involved in other burglaries and are examining footage from security cameras in areas he is believed to have visited lately.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cyprus Shipping Chamber calls for speedy oil and gas framework

first_imgThe Cyprus Shipping Chamber is calling on the government and all stakeholders to quickly establish the legal framework within which the oil and gas sector will operate.Director General of the Chamber Thomas Kazakos, addressing the 4th Mare Forum Cyprus 2015, in Nicosia, said the discovery of natural gas in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus created great prospects for shipping and Cyprus as a whole.New pioneering shipping and energy projects with great financial benefits for the Cyprus economy “will offer Cyprus and, by extension Europe, an even greater political influence on a regional and global level in matters concerning energy and shipping,” he said.“The success of such projects depends on clear and transparent incentive-based strategies, which will make the most of Cyprus’ energy potential. Diverse resource development, environmental responsibility, efficient use of energy and the role of the shipping sector, are areas that all stakeholders must focus on,” he said. This was imperative for investors.“We, therefore, urge the Government and all stakeholders to proceed speedily, with establishing the relevant legal framework within which, the oil and gas sector will operate and to support the development of adequate training and testing facilities related to the needs of the sector. It is vitally necessary to invest in training and education, as well as research and development, in order to quickly develop such projects and training institutions, so the local Cypriot workforce can also be deployed,” he said. (CNA)You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Girl 17 reported missing from Limassol home

first_imgNimca Kalif Ahmed, 17, has been reported missing from her home in Limassol, police said on Saturday about the Somali teen, last seen on May 17.Police were alerted about her disappearance at approximately 6pm on Thursday.She is described as approximately 1.65m tall, of average weight, with brown hair, and dark eyes.  Police said that she was wearing a red head scarf and a long red dress on the day she disappeared.Anyone with information about her is asked to communicate with the Limassol police at 25 805057, the nearest police station, or with the citizens’ help line at 1460.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Number of convicts on probation lower than EU average

first_imgCyprus has 106 people on probation per 100,000 inhabitants, which is under the European median value of 169 probationers per 100,000 inhabitants, a Council of Europe (CoE) survey revealed on Tuesday.The survey, which contains data on probationers serving different kinds of sentences such as electronic monitoring, community service, home arrest, treatments, as well as persons in semi-liberty or conditional release, was presented at the CoE’s two-day conference of directors of prison and probation services in Ayia Napa, which opened on Tuesday. The conference has 140 participants from 40 countries, some of whom will visit the Nicosia prisons on Thursday.According to the survey, on January 31, 2018 there were 1.8m people in Europe under the supervision of the 41 probation agencies participating in the survey, which represents an overall probation population rate of 169 probationers per 100,000 inhabitants.The countries with the lowest probation population rates were Serbia at 24.4, Norway with 41.7 and Switzerland at 50.5. Those with the highest probation population rates were Turkey at 471, Belgium 426 and the UK 411.Other administrations with probation rates higher than the European median were Portugal 300, France 262 and the Netherlands 251.The probation agencies with the highest proportion of foreigners under supervision were Monaco at 68.8 per cent, Switzerland at 35.8 per cent and Cyprus at 27.3 per cent.As far as the number of people in prison plus those on probation, the rate in Cyprus was 180 per 100,000 of population, which was among the lowest along with Finland at 103, Norway 107, Iceland 125, Switzerland 132, and Bulgaria 181.Over the years, the Council of Europe has consistently called on its member states to use alternative sanctions and measures to imprisonment as often as possible because they can effectively contribute to the integration of offenders into society, improve the operation of prisons and prevent overcrowding.Addressing the opening of the Ayia Napa conference, outgoing Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said changes the current administration had made to the prisons system had brought stability, balance and a more human response.Lauding the conference, he said it would help co-ordinate the action of the Council of Europe’s member states on how to punish and treat prisoners and offenders using both traditional measures and modern alternatives, also using technology as a tool.“The modernisation of the prison system and the human-centred treatment of prisoners has been the guiding principle of our policies and actions which have been targeted, coordinated and methodical,” Nicolaou said.“We have solved the problems of our prisons system over time. We have sought and succeeded in making innovative changes that have as their main roles the respect for human rights, and security.”He cited zero tolerance for ill-treatment of prisoners, equal treatment and equal opportunities in education, healthcare, care, rehabilitation, sports and creative entertainment, drug addiction programmes and psycho-emotional support for prisoners and their families.Nicolaou said more changes were still to come in the existing legal and regulatory framework for prisons in line with modern perceptions and international principles on the treatment of detainees. Two laws governing the operation of prisons and the treatment of detainees would be tabled before the first plenary session of parliament after the European elections at the end of this month, he said.Prison Director Anna Aristotelous, who also addressed the conference, said: “Our practices have been evaluated as best practices and have been included in Council of Europe publications,” she said, echoing the comments and programmes cited by Nicolaou.“The results of the modernisation of our prison system have attracted attention from different countries and visits to study and discuss best practices,” she said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Farrington bill paves way for electronic notarization in Michigan

first_img Legislator: Technological growth and convenience behind proposalState Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, today offered testimony before the House Financial Services Committee on her call to implement the use of electronic notarization.A notary is responsible for attesting to the fact that an individual signing a legal document is the person they are claiming to be upon their signature. Farrington’s bill, House Bill 5811, requires the Secretary of State and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) to review and approve the use of at least one remote electronic notarization program. There is no language in current law that allows for electronic notarization and the requirement is a notary must be physically present to witness a signing.“Almost all of the documents that are notarized can be electronically signed by individuals, so this is a common-sense measure that extends to a notary,” said Farrington, who chairs the committee and is also a licensed notary in Michigan. “There are certain instances where advancements in technology must be accompanied by advancements in our laws and this is one of those instances.”Within the plan to streamline the process, electronic notaries must meet all of the identity verification requirements that in-person notarizations are subjected to for security purposes. A rolling 10-year log must also be kept tracking all notarial acts. Any approved programs would be reviewed at least every four years to ensure standards established by the state are still being met.Nearly 30 states currently allow some form of electronic notarization. HB 5811 remains under consideration in the House Financial Services Committee.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, offers testimony on HB 5811 while chairing a House Financial Services Committee meeting on April 25. The bill creates ease in the notarization process by allowing for documents to be reviewed and signed electronically. Categories: Diana Farrington News,News 25Apr Rep. Farrington bill paves way for electronic notarization in Michiganlast_img read more

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Rep Bellino highlights legislative Spring Cleaning

first_img27Apr Rep. Bellino highlights legislative ‘Spring Cleaning’ Categories: Bellino News State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe recently sponsored multiple plans removing unnecessary laws from the books. House Bills 5761, 5866 and 5887 would all remove outdated sections of law in various areas.House Bill 5761 repeals the Michigan Penal Code referencing the criminality of making a false protest. A false protest is covered under current insurance fraud statutes. House Bill 5866 addresses recreational fishing statutes and removes outdated references. House Bill 5887 is part of a multiple bill package that removes references to tuberculosis sanitariums, which is how tuberculosis was treated before antibiotics.“Understanding laws and statutes can be hard enough already. As legislators we should look to simplify, modernize and update laws when we can,” Bellino said. “When laws are no longer relevant or necessary, we should look to remove them.”House Bills 5761, 5866 and 5887 move to the House Oversight Committee for consideration.last_img read more

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Bellino bill limiting access to nitrous oxide signed into law

first_img10May Bellino bill limiting access to nitrous oxide signed into law Sale of ‘whippits’ to minors is now illegal Categories: Bellino News,Newscenter_img When state Rep. Joe Bellino learned that young people were using small canisters of nitrous oxide – more commonly known as laughing gas – as a recreational drug, he knew something had to be done.Today, his bill making “whippets,” as the canisters are called, more difficult for people under the age of 18 to purchase was signed into law. The bipartisan measure prohibits sale of whippets to minors and enable prosecutors to seek fines from those who sell the canisters knowing they will be used illegally.“We realized the use of nitrous oxide as a recreational inhalant was on the rise, and current law had a loophole not specifically banning sales to minors,” said Rep. Bellino (R-Monroe), who teamed up with state Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) in sponsoring the legislation. “These new laws establish a fine for knowingly selling a whippet to a minor. We have some common-sense exceptions, such as health care professionals who dispense nitrous oxide legally as part of their jobs. We are going after bad actors who knowingly sell whippets so kids can get high.”House Bills 5463 and 5464 are now PAs 136-137 of 2018.#####last_img read more

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Rep Wakeman Michigan House budget plan repairs roads improves schools without tax

first_imgRespecting taxpayers through government efficiencies. Many state departments are being asked to find a savings of 3 percent in their administrative budgets. The House also has identified several state programs that do not spend as much money as taxpayers have been providing, so their budgets will be adjusted accordingly. The plan also helps rein in information technology project spending within state departments, which has been a problem area.The House budget plan costs taxpayers about $1.3 billion less than the plan recommended by the governor. State Rep. Rodney Wakeman this week supported record funding for Mid-Michigan road repairs and schools without a tax hike.“I am proud of the budget passed by the Michigan House, and I believe it demonstrates the responsible accounting Michigan families expect from their government,” said Wakeman, of Saginaw Township. “We’re putting more into roads, schools and mental health, without reaching into taxpayers’ pocketbooks. We stayed focused on investing in what matters most to Michigan families and asking government to run more efficiently.”The House approved several budget measures this week, advancing the plan to the Senate for further consideration.Key elements of the budget plan:Roads. The plan ensures every single penny spent on taxes at the gas pump goes to improve our roads – including the 6 percent sales tax motorists already pay. This change could add more than $800 million more per year to road repairs – without raising taxes – once fully phased in over two years. This change would be accomplished without sacrificing money for schools, local government revenue sharing or other essential public services. 13Jun Rep. Wakeman: Michigan House budget plan repairs roads, improves schools without tax hike Categories: Wakeman Newscenter_img Schools. The plan raises the state’s minimum per-pupil foundation allowance by $180 per student and covers the majority of Michigan’s school districts. All districts would get at least $90 more per student under the House plan. This comes on top of the largest annual per-student increase of the past 15 years – which schools are receiving in the current budget year – while continuing to close the gap between the state’s lowest- and highest-funded districts. Early literacy and career training are special focuses as the overall school aid fund would surpass $15 billion. Strengthening communities and families. More resources will be dedicated to protect drinking water, clean up the environment, promote mental health and fight opioid addiction. Local communities will get an increase in revenue sharing to enhance essential public services. More Michigan State Police troopers and state prison corrections officers will be trained.last_img read more

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Fighting Islamophobic Stereotypes and the Hysteria of Bill Maher

first_imgShare3TweetShareEmail3 Shares October 11, 2014; Huntsville TimesAt a time when Islamophobia has reached an apogee under the impetus of HBO host Bill Maher, press attention for Muslims who believe in the traditional teachings of Islam as a religion of compassion has been scant. It is much easier to be ignorant and characterize all Muslims as latent ISIS warriors, an easy, simplistic, dramatic narrative for mainstream media to follow.At Nonprofit Quarterly, we don’t buy into the latest attacks on Muslims and we never will. Stories that interest us are those that characterize, differently but accurately, the vast majority of Muslims. For example, in Birmingham, Alabama, Muslim doctors and dentists assisted by Muslim volunteers ran a free health clinic last week at the Hoover Crescent Islamic Center. The free health check-ups and testing truly count in a state that has chosen not to expand Medicaid eligibility, leaving many people in the state without adequate access to affordable healthcare.Perhaps the Islamophobes don’t realize that Peter Kassig, one of the hostages being held by ISIS, is a Muslim who now calls himself Abdul-Rahman Kassig. While some say that Kassig might have formally converted to Islam while in captivity, the story from his hometown paper, the Indianapolis Star, portrays a young man who was culturally assimilating to Islam while volunteering to help Syrian refugees. His motivation for going to Syria was simply heartfelt, caring, compassionate humanitarianism.Perhaps Maher should be reminded that the latest Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, is a Muslim. Like many, she stood up to the intolerance of the Taliban, which tried to have her killed for the audacity of believing that girls should be educated. In acknowledging her award, Yousafzai expressly mentioned her role and identity as a young Muslim woman.More than a billion Muslims should not have to justify themselves to the West because of the actions of extremists claiming the name of their religion. Nor should the West feel itself somehow privileged to instruct Muslims on the meaning of their religion. But the West can address its counterpart to Islamic extremism: the growing threat of Islamophobia promulgated by the likes of Maher.Perhaps, however, Maher has done a public service with his attacks. Zanaib Chaudry of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nonprofit Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, credited Maher with “exemplifying that Islamophobia is very much real…characterized by the tired generalizations and stereotyping recycled by folks like [Maher] who are determined to define the faith of billions by the reprehensible actions of a small minority.”As a committed atheist, Maher well knows how scripture—Old Testament, New Testament, and the Quran—can be interpreted and misinterpreted to justify all sorts of horrible behavior and retrograde cultural mores under the cloak of religion. Think of the Bible-wielding pastors who in the nineteenth century proclaimed slavery as religiously permissible, and in the 20th continued to cite scripture to justify governmental “separate and unequal” policies. Eventually, these abuses of religious teachings disintegrate. ISIS, the Taliban, the Wahhabis, and others represent a dimension of Islam that will collapse under its own brutal weight, especially given that the vast majority of their victims happen to be other Muslims. If the media seems unwilling to present a picture of Islam that doesn’t fall prey to televised Islamophobes, the nonprofit sector ought to be prepared to counter that kind of bigotry.—Rick CohenShare3TweetShareEmail3 Shareslast_img read more

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