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2020.10.24 10:11 such_slander [Uk] Being accused of theft (Update)Dinner with sister labels me a cheater

Update to the Being harassed by management for taking my sister to dinner at my place of work
Put a few edit updates at the bottom but TLDR I was zero houred and told that the Boss would look into it. A few things have happened since that besides the UK having a wee circuit breaker.
As mentioned in the update one of my “issues” is that I have reported a creepy coworker for groping me, about 5 so so times now while working and maybe 3 times on staff nights out. This means not only does manager protect him but this guy hates me, to the degree on nights out if he’s working he won’t serve me or my table, actually gone an hour once before a staff change and finally getting served.
So I was zero houred, wasn’t told I was fired, not banned not told to stay away, none of that just a we’ll look into it. I can do that.
Thursday before the circuit breaker and the staff chat goes mad with people looking to hang out one last time, me and my boyfriend decided why not I need to go talk to a manager anyway about something unrelated to the sister incident. We plan ahead book a table for 14 or something ridiculous and I ask about the manager on duty and thankfully it ain’t the manager who hates me.
Head down and James the best manager ever greets us and tells us to head on up to table whatever there’s some people already there, I tell him when he gets a chance could I talk to him about something don’t mind doing it up at the table, he says of course not and says he’ll be 30 minutes, grand good stuff.
At the table are 2 ex members of staff, job cuts from the first quarantine, and at the bar and working the floor is creepy coworker, I didn’t even notice him until my boyfriend groaned in annoyance at the idea of not getting served. Just the 4 of us up there and him behind bar.
The 2 others had drinks already and once we started talking finished them, placing them to the side, unspoken act of more please. Few minutes passed of general chat before one waved at creepy coworker and just asked to get a second round please, creepy coworker looks at them, looks at me and walks off downstairs... away from the bar... from the open access BAR and TILL...
Now if he needed something he could of asked one of us and we would of gone got someone to help but he had a radio on him at the time to call down to the other staff, and if the radio was dead he had a call button on the till to send a manager up to him and if he was even more desperate a panic button to rush security up. He had zero reason to leave the bar area unattended without staff (my boyfriend and I don’t count as staff, we’re out drinking we obviously can’t be “staff”).
Few minutes go by and we’re all confused... 10 minutes go by and a group of 5 come up they look confused and we shout over asking if their ok and direct them to their table saying the staff should be back soon they just had to leave. Another 10 minutes and 3 of their group leaves presumably to get drinks downstairs or to find staff and after another few James the best manager ever comes down from the office to have our chat.
Keep in mind we ( the 4 of us) have remained sitting for near 25 minutes, 1 trip to the toilet and a few let me stand stretch my legs but all on camera. James comes over and asks what we’re drinking and we reply nothing currently and gesture to the bar. He looks round, looks at the empty bar and the angry table over at the other side and asks where creepy coworker is, we tell him he left near half an hour ago and James quickly goes onto his radio calling a member of staff up and comming creepy coworker to pick up.
He tells the other table their first drinks are free and what would they like etc as another member of staff rushes up the stairs followed by the rest of their table. James tells us he’ll be right back and sprints off downstairs. We assume to find creepy coworker.
We get served sadly no free drink for us and the staff casually mentions how creepy coworker sulked past her “there now” with a joke about how serving coworkers is always fun.
James is back 2 drinks later looking rather angry and we don’t ask we’re not staff so not privy to current staff issues. He asked what’s up and I ask if I would be able to get a copy of the incident report of an accident I was involved in last year, tell him my doctor just wants a copy for his file and if I can’t get a copy the date of the incident and the duration of the time I was suspected to be unconscious would be perfect. He says easily done and he’ll be right back with it.
We’re happily drinking for the next half hour 8 more have arrived a mix of ex staff and off duty staff, the area has filled up pretty well with regulars on their last night out, people are buying each other drinks, buying shots for other tables, general amazing atmosphere for the current economic climate. Manager who doesn’t like me comes flying out of nowhere, not in duty uniform and starts screaming at not just me but all of us at the table. I’m barred I shouldn’t be in. We’re being too loud. I can’t have a incident report without a doctor letter. We’re harassing the staff. I’m a cheating wh***. We need to leave.
The area goes quiet really quick and after she stops to breathe some of the regulars who heard about the “sister dinner” accident start booing and shouting back at her while our entire table just watches. The staff behind the bar must have pushed the panic button because suddenly we had 3 security up.
I start packing up to leave tell my boyfriend he can stay and if Janes comes back grab the report or whatever from him, customers are looking at me, it’s all drama in their eyes far too embarrassing for me. I have my mask on and am half way exited when head of security grabs me by the shoulder and shout spits in my face that I’m banned from nights out, pushes the door open and me out. I trip on the loose step outside the door and sit on the ground for probably far too long trying to figure out what just happened before walking back to my boyfriends.
He comes home around 20 minutes after I did, James said I can’t have a copy of the incident report without a doctors letter and that James is sorry for what happened and that I’m welcome back whenever. I’m like aye sureee I am.
Fast forward to last night and a staff assorted video chat drink along, eventually it’s just me, my boyfriend and the staff member from that Thursday. She happens to be pretty close to management often privy to things she shouldn’t really be. She asks if office has phoned me about that Thursday, I confused say no should they of?
She mentions how manager had been talking about my “issues” how I was now being looked into because creepy coworker said I had berated him from the second I walked in. I’m like no... he didn’t even acknowledge or look at me. She says she knows he had came back after to finish his shift and said he was in a good mood. I ask what was office meant to be calling for and she says ohh the 200 quid creepy coworker says you stole from the till.
I completely freaked out, I did nothing of the sort what’s she on about. At the end of that shift, when the float was being counted and rang up it was 200 short, pretty massive amount like. I tell her I didn’t do that security cameras will prove that, office must of called creepy coworkers buff and checked already proving me innocent.
She shrugs and says he was pretty sure I took it and that manager was on his side while James just recounted. She said manager went on to talk about how I’m always causing issues and how I should of been fired years ago. I said good night soon after and ended the call.
I’m long past all this nonsense now. Nothing happening is in anyway professional no matter how professionally and carefully I try to handle it. I am probably going to be fired when this circuit breaker ends, if not I’m probably still going to be zero houred, I’ll hand in a 2 months notice ( I’m being kind and faithful to my contact) and drop in a request under the DPA for anything they have on me as I sort of need a copy of that incident report and I want to see what complaints have been made against me. If I put them as a reference on my CV I want to know what they might mention to the recruiter that will jeopardise my chances.
My boss had been good to me after the last incident had happened but when I messaged her after this last one she left me on read so I’m unsure where she stands in this. The office hasn’t phoned or emailed me since the incident, nor have they contacted my boyfriend or any other members off staff that had been out. Also of less concern, creepy coworker while seeming to stalk my social media (randomly liking then unliking my posts) seems to be ignoring me not even looking at my last 3 messages to him the earliest of which is December.
I wasn’t going to post such a ranting update let alone any update but moderately drunk me is angry at the job I’ve loved for 2 years and about how I want to destroy people’s jobs because of what they’ve done to me. Typically there would be a question here but this is just an update and I already know I’m quitting someway, if you have an ideas on how to gay™ up my resignation I’m all ears.
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2020.10.24 08:30 Dezkin Daily COVID-19 Report for Clark County - Friday, Oct 23rd

Clark County COVID-19 positives as of Friday, Oct 23rd:
77426, ⬆️609 from 76817 (10/22)
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16-day tracking estimates:
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Current# COVID-19 in ICU:
# COVID-19 on ventilator:
# Staffed ICU beds inventory:
# Ventilators available: 656 (10/22)
# Ventilators in use: 253 (10/22)
# Ventilators inventory: 909 (10/22)
Source: https://nvha.net
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SNHD reports 90.6% (70161, ⬆️450 from 69711 (10/22)) of cases have recovered.
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Total Hospitalized: 5797*, ⬆️23 from 5774 (10/22)
*Hospitalized excludes deaths
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Total Deaths: 1488, NC from 1488 (10/22)
(1099 with underlying medical conditions)
Not mutually exclusive conditions:
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Positive Results Age Range Breakdown:
MIS-C Cases 11
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Hospitalized Age Range Breakdown:
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Deaths Age Range Breakdown:
SNHD states the spike in case counts is related to the spike in tests done. 9,655 tests were done on Thursday. Typically 8,000 to 10,000 test reports are processed per day.
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"Daily case counts reflect newly reported cases and may represent cases that were tested in the preceding days, which could significantly impact the count on days when a relatively large number of laboratory reports arrive in one day." SNHD confirmed they are not counting COVID-19 antibody positives into their COVID-19 positive case counts.
Majority of information is pulled from Southern Nevada Health District's COVID-19 dashboard and historical reports.
Our positives are staying stagnant below 500/day, our recovery rate continues to rise (90+% range), and our hospitalizations are remaining stable (under 500). Protect our vulnerable and continue to practice good hygiene habits, including wearing a mask to prevent asymptomatic spread as mandated by Governor Sisolak (onus is on businesses, which we want to keep open, but Metro will not enforce it; OSHA is responsible for mask enforcement by fining the business). To report a non-compliant business through the state, call (702) 486-9020 or (775) 688-3700.
Doctors are doing convalescent plasma therapy treatments and are seeking plasma donors to help those in need. One plasma donation can help five patients. Blood donors can get the antibodies testing done for free.
FDA states 144 trials of therapeutics are underway to treat COVID-19. 457 more are in planning stages. Remdesivir has been FDA approved as a COVID-19 treatment (10/22). Despite recent studies showing that Remdesivir do not help in preventing COVID-19 deaths. Dexamethaaone is FDA approved for emergency base use.
Nevada was approved for the 24-hour test procedure. FDA has approved a 30-minute and a 5-minute testing procedures. UNLV provides the main COVID-19 testing services. The first at-home testing kit was FDA approved on 5/15.
If you live within a 1-mile range of the Wal-Mart on Craig Rd, you qualify for a drone-delivered test kit to your front or back door.
Testing sites require an appointment; some may need to be scheduled by your primary care physician or another authorized provider.
During Thursday (11/5) and Friday (11/6), 8am to noon Silverado High School (1650 Silver Hawk Ave, near Spencer and I-215) will be providing free testing. Source
City Serve coordinates testing sites throughout the valley. Testing is only on Saturdays. Schedule a no-cost test here: https://cityservelv.org/
The antibodies test was approved by the FDA a month ago. UMC, E7 Health and local laboratories are able to conduct antibodies testing. Cost is normally $149+, but your insurance may reimburse you for the test. Check your coverage first. Vitalant/Universal Blood Services will do a free antibody test for any eligible donors.
UMC is able to process 4,000 tests per day. It is encouraged for anyone to be tested. Symptoms are no longer required. Appointment is preferred, walk-up testing is available.
UMC's testing sites are inside Thomas & Mack Center and Cashman Field Center. They can do 1,200 tests per day, Tues-Sat 8am to 4pm. No symptoms, insurance, or citizenship required for testing. Schedule an appointment online through UMC's website (www.umcsn.com). A staff member will contact you back to schedule your appointment. According to their reps, there is no limit how often you can get tested. Sites are walk-in, appointment or walk-up. Both sites now use the self-nasal swab test kits.
UMC updates COVID-19 test guidelines:
New guidelines are to save test kits for those exhibiting symptoms.
See all testing locations on the SNHD website.
All CVS pharmacy drive-thru locations also does testing, no cost should be associated with this test. Validate with your insurance. If no insurance, there should be no charge. Requires an appointment scheduled.
Five months ago, the first vaccine was tested. More than 160 vaccine prototypes are being tested. Clinical trials of the vaccine were administered three months ago. Phase 1 & 2 of trial vaccines have completed with positive antibody results. Phase 3 clinical trials started with 30k volunteers; large test size of 3k vaccine test trials in the UK. Africa started their vaccine trials three months ago. Multiple sources stating to expect an FDA approved vaccine by end of the year.
Of the 100+ vaccines submitted, 22 have made the cut to go through testing and final FDA approval phases (5/15 briefing). The front runner vaccine is conducting human trails (Phase 3 aka final stage), completion date is pending. AstraZeneca is prepared to produce 2 billion doses once the vaccine is FDA approved.
US government is working with four vaccine manufacturers who are in the final phases of vaccine trials, all prepared for massive vaccine output once FDA approval is given. Worldwide, six are in Phase III.
Phase 3 vaccine trials for Vegas has started. Volunteers can call 702-893-8968. Must be 18+. Administered by the Wake Clinical Research Center of Nevada. Source.
Remain mindful to give our medical community the ability to focus on those in need of their expertise to survive and combat the virus.
For Nevada COVID-19 metrics, with historical spreadsheet and graph data, visit: The Nevada Independent Coronavirus Tracking or check out the link in our side bar.
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2020.10.24 06:00 pog99 "Africa never invented anything and that's okay"- Debunking stupid quora comment.

The topic today refers to this comment. The aforementioned commenter is a self described "National Socialist", who I came upon while doing research for another article about Ryan Faulk. He responded to a criticism of his answer, claiming that Africans never achieved anything. In response, he was replied with this article. It mentioned Van Sertima and plays out the Haya "Steel-making" trope, but overall includes some other fascinating information.
It was followed up by the aforementioned spiel which tries to make a mixed point about cultural relativism.
"Every time I see one of these articles I’m struck by the lack of depth."
I can agree, they tend to sell African history short and seem to lack familiarity with the discipline.
" 'Africans' are not simply people who lived in Africa at some point in time.
The attempt is to paint accomplishments of culture over thousands of cultures which did not produce those accomplishments."
This will be seen as the bullshit as it is.
"Egypt is not 'Africa'. Africa, in this context, is the thousands of tribal level groups that lived, almost exclusively, south of the Sahara desert, in what is today deemed 'Sub-Saharan Africa'.
The Egyptian civilization is distinct from all of Africa, and rose from a genetically distinct people. They had no more to do with the tribes of the southern regions than they had to do with the tribes of Northern Europe."
I won't go into the details of Egyptian genetics, but Egyptians are Africans. Though Afroasiatic, their language is a relative isolate and at best is linked closer to local African branches rather than Asian ones. Likewise "Southern groups" such as Nubians, are basically intermediate between Egyptians and Other regional SSA groups.
To claim Egypt isn't "African" is a historically prevalent and futile attempt. Surprisingly, allusions to "Non African cultures" like Egyptians were used in the Hamitic Hypothesis to explain Sub Saharan cultures like the Yoruba.
"Civilized Egypt is no more a heritage of Kalahari Bush People than civilized China. Tribal Africans neither created, nor adopted the civilization of Egypt. Whether you’re talking about building, farming, mathematics, domestication of animals, or whatever; there is no evidence that these developments came from “Africa”, just as there is no evidence that “Africa” even adopted them.
None of these things “fit” in 'African cultures'."
So I only glossed this part at first, and seeing the highlighted parts makes my blood boil with how much arrogance shows by being simply wrong.
The adoption of Pastoralism in Africa is just as old as, if not older, as it's adoption in Europe.
I'm not sure exactly what "building" is supposed to refer to, but see these historum threads of Sub Saharan architecture and this basic article on traditional Yoruba architecture.
Domesticated crops were indeed independent to the Sahel of West Africa. This can be seen seen by the general lack of overlap of association with Northern African diffused crops (like Wheat, barley, etc.), archaeology, and genetics of crops such as Pearl Millet, a very important crop for arid populations and one of the most important cereals on earth.
The evidence applies to same to other crops.
The basin of the Niger River was presumably a hotspot of cultivation, as several archaeological sites with remains of cultivated crops are located in this region (2528). Among the five crops of African origin that are most produced in Africa today (yam, African rice, sorghum, pearl millet, and cowpea; www.fao.org/faostat), four presumably originated in a restricted area: African yam expanded from the Niger River basin (present study), African rice was domesticated in the region of the Inner Niger Delta in Mali (6), pearl millet in northern Mali and Mauritania (5), while cowpea is posited to have originated in northern Ghana (29). Together, these results greatly refine our understanding of West African crops domestication history. They help identify a major cradle of domestication in West Africa, geographically localized around the Niger River (Fig. 4), comparable to the Fertile Crescent in the Near East.
Again related to the unique "Neolithic Package" of West Africa, ceramics are shown to be Earliest in the Southern most part of the Sahara across the continent, separate from the context of the Near eastern derived North African Neolithic culture. This is exemplified by Ounjougou of Mali, and possibly even Bosumpra of Ghana at even earlier dates and even further south.
If any diffusion occurred, it seems to have been South to North, and physical anthropology suggests
that Sub-saharan populations were responsbile for these cultures.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/262288955_Lithic_industry_as_an_Indicator_of_Ceramic_Diffusion_in_the_Early_Neolithic_of_West_Africa_a_Case_Study_at_Ounjougou_Mali
https://www.google.com/books/edition/CNRS_Research/9ewnAQAAIAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=dhar+tichitt+negroid&pg=PT7&printsec=frontcover

Dhar Tichitt, 2000-1000 B.C, demonstrates the use of all of these. See here on the use of Mathematics. (bear with me because for some reason I can't embed the link into the text.)
https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/82352865.pdf
"None of the fascinating structures that exist in Sub-Saharan Africa are of a type to suggest development by indigenous cultures. The people that built these structures did not develop the techniques of building such things locally, and the cultures which either drove them out or replaced them never adopted those techniques."
I have no idea precisely what he is referring to, but I am assuming he means Zimbabwe which doesn't support that archaeology at all.
https://www.reddit.com/badhistory/comments/77ua4f/a_look_at_some_african_badhistory_on_twitter_part/
Otherwise, the large Earthworks and Potsherd pavements of Western Africa towards the Savanna/Forest transition like in Yorubaland were certainly indigenous.
"Africa never developed anything which was adopted by western culture, and seldom, even following invasion by Europeans, adopted anything from Europe."
Excepted, you know, Cubism, Afro-Music of the New World, and arguably Rice cultivation. As stated before, Pearl Millet and Sorghum are both Sub-Saharan crops that were adopted and very important to the diet of Southern Asian countries.
https://www.jstor.org/stable/23302767?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10437-018-9314-2
"It is an illogical leap of faith to suppose that Europeans adopted “African science”, yet to suppose that Africans did not."
Again, refers to nothing in particular from the article, but the above examples
"I believe all such attempts to rewrite history in an attempt to base the beginning of civilization in “Africa” is the result of a perverse bigotry that supposes there to be something “wrong” with “uncivilized peoples”.
There is nothing “wrong” with the indigenous peoples of Africa not “achieving civilization”, developing western style philosophies, or anything else. It is as though one should imagine trout to be “superior” to carp, and try to paint the “superior” characteristics of the trout onto the carp out of a sense of misguided sympathy for the poor “inferior” carp.
Anything, whether a culture, or a tool is only superior or inferior in context to a purpose.
If one is to suppose that what we think of as Western Civilization is the objectively correct outcome of a culture, then we’re going to find ourselves concluding that the cultures of Africa are “inferior” in that context.
If, however, we imagine that the objectively correct outcome is people who survive in Africa, African cultures have done a splendid job of producing such peoples. Those cultures have successfully done so for countless thousands of years.
“Progress” may be desirable from our own point of view. That doesn’t mean it should have happened in Africa. There is no need to project our desires into a distant, primitive past, onto peoples who’s lives were vastly different from our own."
In regards to actual studies on explaining the different rate of development in Africa compared to other places, see the following pieces and authors. Isolating information systems during the Iron Age limited information and Environmental constrainsts of mobility and production systems in the Sahara limited farming
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/276597030_Invention_and_Innovation_in_African_Iron-smelting_Technologies
https://www.jstor.org/stable
https://www.google.com/books/edition/Food_fuel_and_fields/lUOWDwAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=late+stone+age+west+Africa+diet&pg=PA77&printsec=frontcover/25801187?seq=1
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/298801110_A_global_perspective_on_the_pyrotechnologies_of_Sub-Saharan_Africa
https://www.academia.edu/3196575/Mobility_Climate_Change_and_Cultural_Development_A_Revised_View_from_the_Lower_Tilemsi_Valley_Northeastern_Mali
https://books.google.com/books/about/Africa_s_Development_in_Historical_Persp.html?id=Kv4OBAAAQBAJ
See this rebuttal to typical and specific claims
https://www.jstor.org/stable/40023596?seq=1
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2020.10.24 05:06 ModeratorsOfArmenia Azerbaijan-Turkey war against Artsakh [Day 28]

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  • On 27th of September, Azerbaijan with direct involvement of Turkey and using mercenaries from Syria launched a devastating war against the de facto Nagorno Karabakh Republic in an attempt to resolve the lingering Karabakh conflict using extreme and remorseless violence despite the existing peace process while rejecting UN's appeal for a global ceasefire due to the pandemic.
  • Independent organisations have raised alarms of ethnic cleansing and a humanitarian catastrophe for the indigenous Armenian population of Nagorno Karabakh.
  • Azerbaijan has severely damaged 130 civilian settlements including the capital Stepanakert with aerial, drones, missiles, smerch, semi-ballistic and artillery means as well the use of cluster bombs against civilian settlements causing half of the Armenian civilians to be forced to leave and the remaining to live in underground shelters.
  • As of October 16, Azerbaijan's violence has resulted in: A total of 36 civilians have been killed - a little girl, 7 women and 28 men. A total of 115 people were wounded, of which 95 received serious injuries: 77 of them are male and 18 are female citizens. Severe damage inflicted upon civilians properties: 7800 private immovable properties, 720 private movable properties, 1310 infrastructure, public and industrial objects including bombing of a 19th century Armenian church. Over 700 Armenian military personnel and volunteers have also been killed, making the KIA per capita higher than the KIA of the Vietnam War.
  • Nagorno Karabakh has been an officially bordered self-governed autonomous region since 1923 which de facto became independent from the Soviet Union before Armenia and Azerbaijan gained their independence. Nagorno Karabakh has never been governed by the state of Azerbaijan and has never been under control of an independent Azerbaijan.
  • Nagorno Karabakh has had continuous majority indigenous Armenian presence since long before Azerbaijan became a state in 1918. Karabakh Armenians have their own culture, dialect, heritage and history going back millennia.
  • Nagorno Karabakh does not have the status of an occupied territory and it is not referred to as such by the international community, the UN, OSCE, third party experts, and all reputable international media. Nagorno Karabakh is considered by the international community as a break-away enclave where its Armenian indigenous population has agency with legal backing. Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous Oblast as was known during the USSR-era made several petitions to join Armenia culminating in an independence referendum.
  • The final status of Nagorno Karabakh is pending the UN-mandated OSCE settlement as also agreed to by Azerbaijan on the basis of the Helsinki Final Act of 1975 among other norms of international law.
  • The UN-mandated OSCE led by the US, France and Russia, and backed by the UN, EU, NATO and Council of Europe, among others, non-optionally applies the principle of self-determination to Nagorno Karabakh.
  • The European Parliament passed a resolution in 1988 supporting the unification of Nagorno Karabakh with the Armenia SSR.
  • The four existing UN Security Council resolutions call for cease of hostilities and mandate the conflict to be settled under the OSCE framework, with the latter determining the final status of Nagorno Karabakh. These resolutions followed the capture of surrounding territories around Nagorno Karabakh by the Nagorno Karabakh forces during the final months of the Karabakh War in 1993. These resolutions do NOT recognise Nagorno Karabakh as occupied; do NOT demand withdrawals from Nagorno Karabakh; do NOT recognise Armenia as having occupied any territories; do NOT demand any withdrawals by Armenia from any territories - which is why there were no grounds for invoking Chapter VII either.
  • Same as above applies to the only existing non-binding UN General Assembly resolution which was rejected by the OSCE co-chairs (US, France and Russia) for attempting to bypass the UN-mandated OSCE framework to determine the final status of Nagorno Karabakh. The majority of UN members states abstained from voting in favour of said resolution.
  • The ceasefire agreement of 1994 had three signatories: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh.
  • This is an authoritative map of Nagorno Karabakh with the surrounding territories with original place names courtesy of Thomas de Waal.
  • The Crisis Group's Karabakh Conflict Visual Explainer has a detailed timeline of the conflict.
  • The constitution of the de facto republic states that Nagorno Karabakh Republic and Artsakh Republic are synonymous, while not laying claim on the surrounding territories.
Is there a peace plan?
Is there a neutral narrative of the conflict?
  • UK-based Conciliation Resources helped Armenian and Azerbaijani journalists to jointly produce a neutral documentary where everything you see and hear is agreed by both parties, watch it online here. Tom de Waal's Black Garden book is considered to be a comprehensive and balanced work on the conflict.
I do not live in Armenia, how can I help?
Disclaimer: Official news is not independent news. Some sources of information are of unknown origin, such as Telegram channels often used to report events by users. Fog of war exists. Borders are fluid in 5th generation wars. There are independent journalists from reputable international media in Nagorno Karabakh reporting on events.
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2020.10.24 02:38 directproductionsuk Direct Productions Friday Post

Direct Productions Friday Post

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It’s just 10 days until the American Presidential Election – a day that will determine the future of the entire planet. On that date the USA will choose whether to go down a route encompassing an apocalyptic future of environmental catastrophe and quite possibly World War 3 - or return to something resembling sanity.
But more importantly it’s just 7 days until my workshop for people who want to work in the media industries!
Thursday October 29th 12 noon to 4pm
'How To Get Into The Media Industries'
The course covers the following: generating media contacts, what to say in your introductory e mail, CV finessing for jobs in the media, job interview skills, TV runner skills, TV researcher skills, insider's tips and career strategy. It also gives an overview of the different roles in TV - to help you choose which area would suit you best. And we run through the do's and don'ts of job hunting. It is interactive and fun - as well as being extremely useful as you set about embarking on your career in these challenging times. This workshop will save you months, if not years, going down blind alleys as you look to embark on your career.
Having done a course like this looks great on your CV. A certificate is available on request. The course fee is £40.
To confirm your place, please e mail your mobile phone number to [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]).
For testimonials please go to https://www.directproductions.co.uk/training-courses
Good luck!
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2020.10.24 01:07 SerenayaC B450-F AMD Gaming PC - Recurring VIDEO_SCHEDULER_INTERNAL_ERROR BSOD?

Computer Type: Desktop
GPU: RX 5700XT 8GB GDDR6 (Stock cooler, not a partner AIB)
CPU: Ryzen 3700X 3600Mhz 3.6/4.4Ghz 8-Core
Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming
RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3200Mhz
PSU: Corsair VS Series 550W
Case: Corsair iCUE 465X RGB Gaming Case - Fnatic Edition
Operating System & Version: Windows 10 Home, version 1909
GPU Drivers: 20.9.1
Chipset Drivers: 2.10.13.408 (The 19/10/2020 release. Using British date layout, sorry)
Other Info: ASUS VG248QE 24" 1920x1080 DP 144hz + ViewSonic 21.5" 60Hz HDMI Monitors
Background Applications: Firefox, Streamlabs OBS, Final Fantasy XIV Online, Spotify, Discord
Description of Original Problem: I've had this AMD system for some months now (bought from here) and besides the occasional crash on startup for inexplicable reasons, it hadn't been so bad. I put it down to Windows bugs or just AMD driver issues. Most of the time, updates fix things but this time it didn't. I've read much on the rollercoaster that is AMD drivers and such, but I have a recurring video_scheduler_internal_error BSOD (alongside a repeated audio freeze loop) now that won't go away and I don't think it's the GPU driver. It happens once a day on average, sometimes less and usually in the evening when I'm chilling with Twitch, YouTube and such. I've had driver crashes that recover, but this won't stop and it's stressful due to streaming essentially being my job. It happens during stream or just with general use. It doesn't seem to discriminate when any particular program is open besides specifically media sites like those I mentioned.
This only seems to happen if I have media on my other monitor, I've not noticed it happen for any other reason and it always happens during gaming of any kind as well. I've never had many problems with nVidia systems, this is the first time I've really gone full AMD. I usually build my own PC but due to reasons I had to make a quick current-gen purchase. That's my fault, obviously. I am fully aware that pre-builds aren't the best sometimes.
Troubleshooting: I have found and taken advice onboard from this useful thread as well as a few other things, but I'm not sure the fix for the MSI Motherboards works for this one. I've tried the following:
Updating BIOS (now Asus build 3103) and setting PCIE X16 slots to Gen 3 instead of "Auto"
Updating Chipset driver
Re-installing GPU driver
Updating any driver I can find including Audio
Checking EventViewer but it shows little more than RadeonSoftware crashing and the forced reboot.
Setting Radeon Software settings to default for my card just in case any slight undervolts I did were causing it. Currently there are no changes to the default upon purchase to keep things as vanilla as possible. Radeon Software has also given me a notification of restored defaults due to unexpected failure. I have a sneaking suspicion it could be something power-related but I'm not sure why that'd throw this error. I'm buying a new extension tower because this one is old and has a lot plugged into it. Been meaning to do so anyway.
It has not happened again yet today, having done so about 5 hours ago. All but the chipset update and BIOS update had been tried prior to the last crash.
This is my first time posting myself to ask for help with PCs. Go easy on me if I've missed something glaringly obvious LOL. Thanks in advance c: ♥
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2020.10.24 00:52 Final_Cause £1,750 High End Gaming PC. Mainland UK. 1440p 144 Hz. Going for Ultra+ graphics.

Gaming only. I have a laptop for all other uses. Mainly MMORPGs (Runescape 3, WoW etc) but also Steam and all AAA games (FPS’s, RTS’s e.g. Halo wars style games, GTA, COD etc). I want to be able to run these on Ultra+ settings on at least quad HD 1440p monitor at 120+ FPS.
No editing or streaming. Only entertainment so also watching YouTube.
I also would like to buy my first VR headset and use the PC to run that assuming I can get better graphics if it's a PC tethered VR headset.
Are there any new launches soon that I should wait for so components will be cheaper?

£1,750 (USD $2,300)

In around 4-6 weeks. I’m not in a hurry and can wait.

Everything except the case:
OS
Monitor – At least 1440p quad HD, 144Hz, 32 inch
Motherboard
GPU
CPU
PSU
RAM

UK. When I last built a gaming PC (2010) I used Ebuyer.com which is still going. I don’t know any other good sources but ebuyer was great last time.

My old Xion Solaris case: https://www.newegg.com/black-with-green-led-light-xion-solaris-atx-mid-towep/N82E16811208009 This is a mid tower. Is it too small for the hardware I want?
Cases aren’t too expensive so maybe I’ll get a new flashy one.
Keyboard and mouse: HP very basic. Do these matter for gaming?

No.

Very quick start up time which I think needs an SSD? I mean like hitting the power button from cold to full windows boot up in seconds.
Lots of storage for lots of games.
Super smooth frame rate and the highest def my budget will get.

In 2010 I built a PC using a Xion Solaris case and it’s in perfect condition so I can re-use that. It’s a mid tower.
If that’s no longer suitable I’d like be a mid/full tower, big window to see the hardware, flashy LED’s but that can be turned off.

Yes I need the OS. No preference just he most up to date and/or best to be compatible for mass market games.
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2020.10.23 22:32 chiisaisuzume Ben Carter’s WWE signing reportedly a done deal

This has been considered news since Miro announced on a Twitch stream that, “Ben Carter is lost, he’s gone to the dark side.” But in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reports it’s done - the impressive 22 year old has signed with WWE.
Carter himself teased the news after the clip from Miro was shared around. He posted this video from his collegiate soccer days where he mentions his plan to become a WWE wrestler.
pic.twitter.com/is9i1bwYq1 — Benjamin Carter (@bencarterbxb) October 17, 2020
While Carter landed on most of our radars with his recent AEW matches against Ricky Starks and Lee Johnson, his signing with anyone other than WWE would have been a surprise. He trained at Seth Rollins’ Black & Brave Academy, likely as part of his plan to make his dream come true.
Meltzer wrote that he doesn’t know what WWE’s plans are for Carter. Born in the United Kingdom, Carter [told Fightful(https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/exclusives/ben-carter-worked-aew-free-because-visa-status-talks-britt-baker-tony-khan-more) he worked his AEW dates for free in order to not violate his work visa. Whether Triple H will have him debut in NXT UK or push to get his immigration status straightened out for work in the States appears to be undecided at this point.
 
Source
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2020.10.23 21:00 _call-me-al_ Fri, Oct 23 2020

worldnews

Pope Francis calls Trump’s family separation border policy ‘cruelty of the highest form’
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Charlie Hebdo Muhammad cartoons projected onto government buildings in defiance of Islamist terrorists
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Sri Lanka Police Anally Torture, Whip Gay Men Suspected of Having Sex, Human Rights Watch Says
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news

North Carolina man arrested after he’s discovered with guns, explosives in plot to assassinate Joe Biden
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White supremacists behind majority of US domestic terror attacks in 2020
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Charlotte removes the name of a white supremacist North Carolina governor from a branch library
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science

First-of-its-kind global survey shows the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdown dramatically altered our personal habits. Overall, healthy eating increased because we ate out less frequently. However, we snacked more. We got less exercise. We went to bed later and slept more poorly
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Maya people at the ancient city of Tikal in Guatemala used a mineral called zeolite to decontaminate drinking water in one of their large reservoirs. It's the oldest known example of water purification in the Western Hemisphere.
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New algorithm maps and prioritizes most benifitial targets to restore earth's ecosystems. To mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss.
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space

Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies Delivers Advanced Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Design To NASA
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“Unknown Dark Object” Burst an Enormous Hole in the Milky Way
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Watch the exact moment a NASA spacecraft 'tags' an asteroid
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Futurology

Musk promises to reinvent batteries "We want to step back and rethink batteries from scratch, rethinking the fundamental physics," he said. "What's the limit of physics? What's a perfect cell and how quick can we get there?"
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Scientists Find New Way To Break Down the Most Common Plastic "found a way to speed up the process of breaking down polyethylene and turn it into alkylaromatic molecules, which are used as surfactants in cosmetics and laundry detergent, lubricants for machinery, and refrigeration fluids."
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Researchers have found that ionising radiation limits the coherence time of superconducting qubits, and have quantitively measured this effect for the first time. Their results warn that future quantum computers will need some kind of radiation shielding in order to maintain performance.
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AskReddit

Turns out 2021 is just a bizarre and unprecedented as 2020, except its all good things that keep happening, what are they?
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You accidentally put in an hour more community service than needed, now you have to do 1 hour of community disservice. What do you do?
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Be honest, what fictionalized character is the best representation of you?
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todayilearned

TIL in 1506, a 1000+ year old statue was unearthed. The main figure, Laocoön, was missing an arm. The pope commissioned a contest to find who would recreate the missing arm best. Michelangelo's version lost. In 1906 the original arm was found and in nearly the exact pose Michelangelo had sculpted.
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TIL scientists used 2,000 year old seeds to regrow an extinct species of date tree. The tree long disappeared from the Judean desert but archeologists found seeds on digs. Surprisingly, the seeds worked and grew a male and female of the species. They hope to use them to produce biblical era dates.
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TIL that Coca-Cola makes most of its money from selling syrup to companies that manufacture and distribute their drinks and, as a result, it has a group dedicated to sending resources and experts to help any that are in financial trouble. This helps avoid image and logistical problems for the brand.
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dataisbeautiful

[OC] 🌋 Mt. Fuji Incense Burner - Made with SRTM Elevation Data
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Animating the Mercator projection to correct size and shape (colour shows size distortion) [OC]
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Start at center, drift outward one at a time. Change direction when hitting a prime number.
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Cooking

I know I shouldn't get upset over how people enjoy my food but...
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My inability to wake up to alarms has made my best smoked pork butt yet
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Is there a dry alternative to the flavor of vinegar?
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food

[Homemade]Meatloaf
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[Homemade] BBQ Platter
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[Homemade] Butter chicken and garlic butter naan
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movies

Paddington 2 should not be this good. Blown away!
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Official Discussion - Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
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Hello Reddit, I'm Michael Gross. I’m known for playing America’s Favorite Dad, Steven Keaton, on Family Ties, and iconic monster hunter Burt Gummer, in the fan-favorite Tremors franchise, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. AMA!
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Art

"Overwhelmed," Me, oil on canvas, 2020
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Tranquility, me, acrylic on canvas, 2020
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Peacock, Me, Stained Glass, 2017
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television

Zac Efron and Taylor Swift calls out Ellen intelligently with a song during a visit 8 years ago
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Netflix Plans More Anime Content, Strikes Deals With 4 Producers
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Eric Andre reveals John Cena accidentally sent him to the hospital after show stunt
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pics

When you’re a liberal city boy and your step dad invites u fishing at his buds house on the bayou
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The jaw-dropping head-turner of America’s national parks.
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This year, my 10 year old finally let me make his costume.
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gifs

Darn kids these days, can't let them out of your sight for a second...
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Soft robotic gripper
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It’s going to be hard to beat this move.
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educationalgifs

A Physics Simulation that shows How a Light Source looks in Slow Motion
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The surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The visual "snow" is a mixture of dust and cosmic rays against the downward motion of the background of stars.
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mildlyinteresting

The way my coffee spilled this morning looks like a duck
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I collated my sticky notes and got this neat gradient.
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The detailed weaved frosting on this cookie
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interestingasfuck

A cemetery of telephone booths in the UK.
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Raw, velvety malachite
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Closeup of ink flowing across the skin
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funny

Growing old
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How To Wear A Mask
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This is how my Auntie blocks ads from her computer screen...
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aww

duck butts
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Pure love
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Father and son costumes
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Random Subreddit of the day: ufl

These are its 3 top posts of all time:
It was this bad...
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Go Gators!
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Petition to change the “members” of this subreddit to “Gators”
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2020.10.23 19:29 AutoModerator Haikyu!! Season 4 MANGA READER Discussion thread - Episode 17

LINK - Crunchyroll
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THIS IS THE MANGA READER EPISODE DISCUSSION THREAD

Manga readers may freely discuss the episode content as well as any and all upcoming related manga content. This may include up to the current legal manga chapter, so use caution here if you are not up to date.
All episode content must be posted in this (or the anime only discussion thread) for 24 hours after the episode airs on Crunchyroll.
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2020.10.23 18:17 VoodooChemist [For Hire] Legit, Specialized Organic Chemistry (Orgo) Tutor! Over 300 students helped so far with Vouch thread. (Updated -- 10/11)

Update (10/11/2020): It seems like I have been added to the list of scammers by one of the parties. If you are unsure which side to believe, perhaps consider picking the side that actually allows students/tutors to opt out of the spam. Feel free to contact me (at no obligation to you whatsoever) for us to discuss this allegation -- most students do end up hiring me after contacting me to discuss said accusation; I think you will find it very helpful too.
Update (09/14/2020): Yes, I am aware that there are bots that automatically reply to this post with all sorts of nonsense, but I choose not to concern myself with the petty squabbles of this subreddit. However, in anticipation of coming off as a bot myself, I have placed this statement here as an acknowledgement that I do post my advertisement myself once everyday.
Hello everyone, now that fall semester is up and running, I am offering my services to help you with your organic chemistry exam/assignment/homework, including graduate level courses and proposals. My students and I usually communicate via Zoom over the entire duration of the exam, with me screen-sharing my tablet so that you can see exactly what I am writing as we tackle the exams together.
I have a vouch thread on my profile, where students I have worked with in the past write about their experiences. There have also been attempts from competitors to tarnish my reputation (now ceased), you can find my response here as well. https://www.reddit.com/useVoodooChemist/comments/g7mpan/vouches_for_voodoochemist/
Why you should choose me:
  1. I am heavily specialized and only offer my services in the field of organic chemistry, nothing else. You can rest assured that you are in knowledgeable hands. Mechanisms, reactions, retrosynthesis, NMR, IR, MS, lab techniques are all comfortably within my realm.
  2. I am qualified - graduated top 10 in my cohort from a top university in UK with triple first class honors, now pursuing total synthesis in a top US university. In total, I have been pursuing organic chemistry for more than a decade, and have also worked in the industry on pharmaceutical synthesis and drug design.
  3. I have never disappointed a student (and don't plan to!); check my vouch thread for more information!
I can do a preliminary zoom session with you before the exam for free so you know that I am legitimate and also get a feel for how the virtual coaching session will feel like. So far, I've been consistently scoring 80+%, with my highest being 100%.
Contact me for rates, negotiations and more details! Please kindly include your exam date, time (including time zone) and format (length, mcq/open-ended, retrosynthesis/mechanism heavy, etc.) so that I can give you an accurate quote.
  1. Discord: voodoochemist#6807 (Preferred)
  2. Reddit PM
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2020.10.23 16:55 mstave Study: Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation - Cochrane Library (UK) has updated its comparison of smoking cessation methods - TLDR the evidence has increased for nic vapes being the best quitting method ~70% more effective

Plain language summary
Can electronic cigarettes help people stop smoking, and do they have any unwanted effects when used for this purpose?
What are electronic cigarettes?
Electronic cigarettes (e‐cigarettes) are handheld devices that work by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine and flavourings. E‐cigarettes allow you to inhale nicotine in a vapour rather than smoke. Because they do not burn tobacco, ECs do not expose users to the same levels of toxins that we know can cause smoking‐related diseases in people who use conventional cigarettes.
Using an e‐cigarette is known as 'vaping'. Many people use e‐cigarettes to help them to stop smoking tobacco.
Why we did this Cochrane Review
Stopping smoking lowers your risk of getting lung cancer and other diseases. But many people find it difficult to quit. We wanted to find out if using e‐cigarettes could help people to stop smoking, and if people using them for this purpose experienced any unwanted effects.
What did we do?
We searched for studies that looked at the use of e‐cigarettes to help people stop smoking.
We looked for randomized controlled trials, in which the treatments people received were decided at random. This type of study usually gives the most reliable evidence about the effects of a treatment. We also looked for studies in which everyone received an e‐cigarette treatment.
We were interested in finding out:
· how many people stopped smoking for at least six months; and · how many people had any unwanted effects.
We included studies that reported on smoking habits for at least six months, or reported on unwanted effects for at least one week.
Search date: We included evidence published up to January 2020.
What we found
We found 50 studies in 12,430 adults who smoked. The studies compared e‑cigarettes with:
· nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches or gum;
· varenicline; · nicotine‐free e‐cigarettes; · behavioural support, such as advice or counselling; or · no support, for stopping smoking.
Some studies also tested using NRT and e‐cigarettes together.
The studies took place in the USA (21 studies), the UK (9), Italy (7), Australia (2), New Zealand (2), Greece (2), and one study each in Belgium, Canada, Poland, South Korea, South Africa, Switzerland and Turkey.
What are the results of our review?
More people probably stop smoking for at least six months using nicotine e‐cigarettes than using nicotine replacement therapy (3 studies; 1498 people), or nicotine‐free e‑cigarettes (3 studies; 802 people).
Nicotine e‐cigarettes may help more people to stop smoking than no support or behavioural support only (4 studies; 2312 people).
For every 100 people using nicotine e‐cigarettes to stop smoking, 10 might successfully stop, compared with only six of 100 people using nicotine‐replacement therapy or nicotine‐free e‐cigarettes, or four of 100 people having no support or behavioural support only.
We are uncertain if there is a difference between how many unwanted effects occur using nicotine e‐cigarettes compared with using nicotine‐free e‐cigarettes, nicotine replacement therapy, no support or behavioural support only. Similar low numbers of unwanted effects, including serious unwanted effects, were reported for all groups.
The unwanted effects reported most often with nicotine e‐cigarettes were throat or mouth irritation, headache, cough and feeling sick. These effects reduced over time as people continued using nicotine e‐cigarettes.
How reliable are these results?
Our results are based on a small number of studies, and in some the measured data varied widely.
We are moderately confident that nicotine e‐cigarettes help more people to stop smoking than nicotine replacement therapy or nicotine‐free e‐cigarettes. However, these results might change if further evidence becomes available.
We are less confident about how nicotine e‐cigarettes compare with no support, or behavioural support, to stop smoking.
Our results for the unwanted effects are likely to change when more evidence becomes available.
Key messages
Nicotine e‐cigarettes probably do help people to stop smoking for at least six months. They probably work better than nicotine replacement therapy and nicotine‑free e‐cigarettes.
They may work better than no support, or behavioural support alone, and they may not be associated with serious unwanted effects.
However, we need more, reliable evidence to be confident about the effects of e‐cigarettes, particularly the effects of newer types of e‐cigarettes that have better nicotine delivery.
link to paper: https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsdoi/10.1002/14651858.CD010216.pub4/full
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2020.10.23 16:35 lolbot-10000 Infrequent subreddit update

Good afternoon everyone,
It has apparently been around six months since I last penned an update (where has the time gone...), so I figure that now is as good a time as any to provide the latest installment of 'what is new in the world of policeuk'. You might've already noticed some of these changes, whereas others might've casually slipped by...

New post flair options

We have a new addition to the 'post flair' family that you can all use from today: 'Positive news'. We're going to be testing this out as a way to highlight some of the good police work that otherwise goes unseen, so please do feel free to liberally submit anything that you'd consider to be an example of good work, happy news or general policing success. I'll look at the possibility of adding an optional 'hide all positive news' filter as a next step, for those who hate nice things /s.

News articles

On the subject of post flairs, we have made some minor amendments to news article automoderation. The old link to the unv.is service has been removed (at some point it stopped working, and given that no-one has complained I have assumed that no-one actually used it - do let me know if you did and/or know of any alternatives though) and we have replaced it with an independent source checking site, which seems to be quite fitting in the current age of 'fake news'. As part of this change, we have (finally) added The Guardian to our list of unreliable sources, given that they are currently independently-rated as 'MIXED' factual reporting overall and that just further supports the significant concerns that much of our professional readership has had around the quality of their police-related reporting for some time now. Furthermore, Guardian opinion articles will now be specifically flaired as such, as they truly are in a category of their own.
For the sake of clarity, unreliable sources will continue to be allowed as submissions here and they sometimes generate the most interesting discussion; we just want to encourage everyone to be a properly-informed, critical readership and believe this is the best way to facilitate that.

England and Wales

More of a question for you all than an update for this one. We're very conscious that PoliceUK tends to be quite England-and-Wales specific - I'm as guilty as anyone of causing this, as a lot of the wiki was written by me and I simply don't know enough about elsewhere to write much of use. What can we do to make it clear(er) that other countries and specialist forces also exist? We do have some excellent contributors who helpfully remind people on an individual-post basis, but it'd be great if we could find a more structured way to recognise the (sometimes incredibly important) differences. Answers on a postcard please, or at least in the comments below!

Responding in good faith

We've added a new comment deletion reason: 'Unhelpful answer'.
This will be used where someone has asked a legitimate question and the provided answers have either been completely sarcastic/jokey/obviously unhelpful or simply accusing someone of 'trolling'/"that didn't happen" without any explanation of how it couldn't happen. As-per a previous communique on the subject, the default assumption should be that all questions are asked in good faith, because even if it isn't your genuine answers could still help other people. If you think that someone is obviously trolling, please just report their submission and move on - no-one is winning any prizes for being the one to call the troll out publicly.
This is a tricky one, and we probably won't get the balance right all of the time, so again we're asking for your help here. On one hand, we obviously don't want to be the fun police - some joke responses are clearly and genuinely original and funny. But on the other hand, if someone new comes on to ask a genuine question but gets hammered with sarcastic joke answers and nothing that actually helps them out, they simply aren't going to have a good perception of our community. Please just be mindful of this and at least accompany your dry sarcastic wit with some genuine assistance if you can!

Downvotes

We unfortunately have a continuing problem with people downvoting comments that appear to be made in good faith - and it's often unclear who is doing this, given that we are sadly often a target for brigades and trolls. Please consider upvoting any contributions that you think have been made in good faith to offset this issue, even if you don't agree with what they're saying! We want this to be a place where people can have opposing views without fear of being downvoted in to silence for respectfully sharing them.

Our wiki

I have slowly been updating the wiki in my free time, with a few new additions in recent months. Of particular note is our guides section, which has a range of more in-depth information around some topics, including some kindly written by others here!
If you'd like to help out with the wiki, please let me know. I'd be very happy to add new guides (crediting the author(s), of course) that are provided by the community.
It is also getting to the point where we're struggling to keep it up-to-date as much as we'd like. If you spot any errors or updates that are needed, please do let us know.

Discord chat

If you haven't joined already, come and play Among Us, Phasmophobia, Jackbox or just look at cat pictures with us on our Discord live chat service. The invite to join can be found here - everyone is welcome, but verified members have additional access to an additional section in which to share their finest memes professional discussion and knowledge we do actually have channels for both.

Verification

Just a quick reminder and confirmation for anyone who wants to have a 'verified' user flair on here - the process is completely anonymous and can be found here. It remains completely optional, but the use of correct user flair (even if 'unverified') helps both the community as a whole and the mod team when we look at the statistics for our user base to decide who we should be focusing on most.
Once again, thank you all for your contributions and making this place a great community. Cheers, and speak to you all again in another six months or so!
-Lolbot, on behalf of the policeuk moderation team
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2020.10.23 16:32 91stAirborne [A3] [EU] [WW2] [RECRUITING] 91st Airborne: Beginner-friendly WW2-Airborne Unit is recruiting for 2nd Platoon!

[A3] [EU] [WW2] [RECRUITING] 91st Airborne: Beginner-friendly WW2-Airborne Unit is recruiting for 2nd Platoon!
tl;dr: WW2-Milsim Unit with emphasis on being beginner friendly and not too serious outside operations looking for more members for 2nd platoon. Apply through our forums if you´re interested!
Website (join forums to start recruitment process!): https://www.91st-airborne.com/
Official Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-SC60Avmy8
Funny Video recorded and edited by Pvt. Marchione: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jvx-GMvVQE&feature=youtu.be
Here´s some pics so you get the idea:
VERY improvised Field Hospital during a recent Platoon Training
Delivering Wehrmacht Supplies to the French Resistance

\"TOO CLOSE!\"
The local UK Armoured Brigade gave us a ride home once. Real Gentlemen.
HOW DO I JOIN?
To be a part of the unit you just need to join our Forums: https://www.91st-airborne.com/forums/. There you can fill in your (very short) application form and then a staff member will be in touch with you after that to arrange a short interview on our recruitment discord. If you pass this small hurdle, we´ll tell you when the next Basic Combat Training sessions will be. We only do Basic Combat Trainings for serious applicants, so please make up your mind before you decide to join us. While we do not generally reject people who already play in another unit and we don´t have mandatory attendance rules when real life clashes with your wish to play arma, we will not commit to someone who is not willing to show the same commitment to our unit. Doing a basic training for someone who doesnt wish to join after all is just wasting the time of the applicant and the trainers alike. After you´ve passed the interview phase and the BCT you earned your jump wings and are considered a full member of the unit with the rank of Pvt. You´ll then be assigned to a squad with your role preferences in mind. After a short probation time you can start to rise up in the ranks of the 91st Airborne.
GENERAL INFORMATION:
As you can see, we are a semi-professional WW2 Milsim unit that plays as US Paratroopers. We might be quite a new unit but we´re growing fast nevertheless. Currently Fox Company only consists of Company HQ and 1st Platoon with a Platoon HQ Section, 2 Rifle Squads and 1 Support/Heavy Weapon Squad. The 91st currently has roughly 40 members, attendance rates at the operations range between 20 - 30 players. We do aim for a full Company sized unit in the future, which means we roughly want to double our numbers. Another goal of the unit is to go through different eras as time goes on, so World War II will most likely be followed by Vietnam at one point (in the far future). While the unit itself is relatively new, that doesnt mean we are utterly inexpierienced. Our Company HQ brings tons of Milsim experience to the table and we do have several veterans of different, now disbanded units. However, we are quite open to absolute newcomers and at least half of our players haven´t been in a Milsim Unit before. We consider ourselves as a beginner friendly unit, so nobody will do the "Drill Sergeant" on you if you make a mistake. Also we don´t take ourselves too serious, as you can see in the following video which was recorded and edited by Pvt. Marchione. It shows footage of First Squad´s Point of View during Operation Glacier:
Operation Glacier - Fun Times in the snow
We´re currently looking for recruits to fill up a 2nd Platoon so that is where YOU come in! We are currently fighting in France, early in our European Campaign, so now is the perfect time to join!

LEADERSHIP SPIRIT:
The 91st is led by the principle that, while we do act professionally and as realistic as possible during operations and training, after all we are NOT in the real US Army so we aren´t that rigid when we´re not on official stuff. While we are trying to be as professional as we are able to in the field, new players shouldn´t be afraid to join us. Our NCO´s and CO´s are not only selected by skill and competence, but by personality too. We do make sure that whoever is put in charge of a part of the unit is someone who is there for his guys and is always keen to help new players with problems they might have.
UNIT HISTORY:
91st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fox Company: The 91st Airborne was formed on the 4th of July 1940 as an experimental unit to be dropped behind enemy lines and disrupt enemy communication and supply lines, Recruitment started on the 9th of September 1940 and the unit was designated the 91st Parachute Infantry Regiment. [CLASSIFIED] was chosen as the location for the training facility under the name Camp Roanoke. On the 29th of April the recruits were in, under the command of Captain D. Winters and his back then XO Compton. Fox Company was the first to form. Unlike any other, this experimental unit had to meet the highest level of training as the soldiers were expected to fight without resupply for days as they jumped feet first into the chilly breeze of Axis occupied Europe. After the campaign in [CLASSIFIED] ended successfully, the 91st Airborne are currently fighting in France in the Western European Theatre of War.
WHAT WE DO:
We play as US Paratroopers in WW2, which means that the missions revolve around infantry based combat with little supplies. But the supply-situation is by far not the only difficulty we are facing during operations, since with the lack of any modern equipment, you´ll get challenged in ways you have never before. Because of that, there is a mandatory Basic Combat Training (BCT) that recruits will have to attend before they earn their Jump Wings and can join us in operations. It covers 3 phases that can be done on different dates since the training itself can be time-consuming and we see that recruits might have other plans. BCT Covers all the techniques, tactics and tools that are not part of your standard Arma III experience because of the setting or because they were added by mods. This includes but is not limited to: Our very own Code of Conduct, weapon and equipment familiarisation, formations and reaction to enemy fire, urban combat training, ACE and Enhanced Movement Mod familiarisation, Navigation without map markers or GPS and of course jumping and landing procedures. The BCT can be longer or shorter, depending on how familiar you are with the information provided. This ensures that you know the tools and tactics we use to fight and win our battles. Once BCT is completed, you are considered a full and equally respected member of the 91st Airborne. The BCT might be followed by a short instruction if you wish to play as a specialist role like medic, but other than that there are no mandatory trainings that you need to do before you can join us in actual operations. There are, however, Platoon and Squad level live fire trainings if the Platoon HQ or the Squad Leader thinks, his or her group could use some excercise in certain areas. Operations revolve typically around a single target that needs to be taken, with several secondary targets along the way. Primary targets can be villages, cities, strategically valuable positions or enemy officers we need to capture. Our excellent mission makers make sure that the missions are always balanced with the number of attending players and diverse in their setting and objectives while being part of a coherent campaign so it never get´s boring or frustrating. These operations are then, again, embedded into an consistent campaign where the outcome of our operations affect the following missions directly and indirectly.
WHAT WE DO OFFER:
A welcoming, friendly environment: We would rather see ourselves as a group of friends than a Milsim Unit if we are not on operations or official training.
Professional Operations: That however does not mean our operations devolve to a band of headless chicken running around and probably shooting each other. Both the mission files and the execution are as professional as it gets
Training that fits the needs of the recruits: If you´re a seasoned player we will try or best not to bore you, if it is your first time ever playing Arma we will make sure to help you getting to know everything you need
Promotions based on skill and character: While a candidate for a NCO or CO position has to show that he is fit for said rank, that is not limited to an understanding of tactics and other game-related topics. A candidate also must have a certain character, he has to have an open ear for the game-related problems of his men and has to be helpful and not belittling. The NCO´s and CO´s job is first and foremost to ensure that everybody enjoys the experience.
A new gameplay experience: The setting and the restrictions it brings as well as the mods we use to add tools create a rather unique experience that differs from your standard Arma III gameplay. The lack of equipment like GPS, NVGs or Scopes and Supressors as well as the added realism through mods like ACE and Enhanced Movement come together in a mix that might look hard but leads to an immersive and addictive experience that you don´t want to miss again after you´ve done your first operation.
Fun Ops: Outside of our regular official Operations and Platoon Trainings, we do have a lot of Fun Ops. Dedicated Events are planned and held on Sundays whenever the mission makers got the spare time to prepare them. Apart from that we also play fun WW2-related gamemodes on the server when no mission or training is being held. For now we got a resistance scenario called "Vindicta" going, which is great fun and comes with era appropriate equipment and enemies.
Flexibility on roles: While you can apply for a specialist slot, that doesnt mean you´ll only get to play as a rifleman when there are no vacant slots left. We do offer specialist trainings for all the different roles and encourage our squad members to play as different roles so things dont get boring. So switching classes with a squadmate or filling in for a medic who´s on vacation is absolutely possible and very much encouraged.
WHAT WE DO EXPECT:
- A legal copy of Arma III, no DLC´s required as of now
- Being 17+ (exceptions are possible, depends on maturity)
- Your willingness to learn and to follow orders
- Some knowledge of the english language. Since many of our members are not native speakers however, there is no need for perfect english, we just have to understand each other. By the way, be aware that the author of this text is no native speaker, so sorry for any errors I made along the way - A working microphone
- To respect your fellow paratroopers and in return to be respected
- A sense of humour is helpful
- Empathy towards new players, we will not tolerate anyone belittling someone else because of his lack of experience
- Some level of commitment, especially from players who play in other units as well. There´s no mandatory attendance rules when real life stuff happens, but we will not commit to someone who does not want to commit to us. We are, after all, a unit and not some sort of backup plan. So please do only apply if you actually want to join us. If you just want to have a look first, i can send you links to tons of video material from different operations.
ROLES:
The 91st Airborne do offer quite a few roles which work together like cogs in a wheel. The roles are as follows:
- Rifleman
- Autorifleman
- Machine Gunner
- Ammo Bearer
- AT Specialist
- Radioman
- Medic
Apart from that, there is a number of CO and NCO-Positions which you can be chosen for provided that a position is vacant and that you prove yourself character and skill-wise.
OPERATION AND TRAINING SCHEDULE:
As of now Operations start on Saturday 18:00 BST. Most of our Units members are from all around Europe so we schedule operations and trainings with that in mind. However, if you´ve got no problem with that fact, you are absolutely welcome in the 91st, wherever you might live. BCT Dates will be provided depending on how many recruits there are. As of now, Thursday is reserved for Platoon Excercises.
If you can not attend our operations or excercises, we ask you to tell your Squad Leaders so they can relay that information to Company HQ. Keep in mind, the Operations need to be balanced to the number of players that will be attending so that information is vital.

That´s all, I think. Sorry for the wall of text. Feel free to PM me with any questions.
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2020.10.23 14:56 IIWIIM8 Global COVID Cases For 23OCT20

Summary As Of: 23OCT20 @ 23:00 GMT
Countries 215 + 2
Cases 42,441,386
Deaths 1,148,515
Recovered 31,410,465
Active Cases 9,714,839
w/Active cases w/No Active cases w/All cases rcvrd
Cntry’s 207 2 6
Cases 42,441,386 84 109
Deaths 1,148,515 2 0
Rcvrd 31,410,465 82 109

Daily totals of new: cases, deaths & recoveries

Date Cases Deaths Recoveries
21OCT 439,615 6,845 284,865
22OCT 479,476 6,472 273,664
23OCT 468,091 6,348 232,511

Cases, Deaths, Active by Continent

Cont Cases Deaths Active
Africa 1,706,622 40,977 1,397,949
Asia 12,981,587 231,693 11,401,500
Europe 7,838,564 246,305 3,375,086
N A 10,465,208 341,445 6,972,737
Oceania 35,216 958 31,143
S A 12,981,587 231,693 11,401,500

Countries with Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Recoveries
USA 8,737,309+ 229,223+ 5,692,842+
India 7,813,668+ 117,992+ 7,013,569+
Brazil 5,353,656+ 156,471+ 4,797,872+
Russia 1,480,646+ 25,525+ 1,119,251+
Spain 1,110,372+ 34,752+ N/A
Argentina 1,069,368+ 28,338+ 866,695+
France 1,041,075+ 34,508+ 109,486+
Colombia 998,942+ 29,802+ 901,652+
Peru 883,116+ 34,033+ 800,480+
Mexico 874,171+ 87,894+ 636,391+
UK 830,998+ 44,571+ N/A
South Africa 712,412+ 18,891+ 643,523+
Iran 556,891+ 31,985+ 446,685+
Chile 498,906+ 13,844+ 471,343+
Italy 484,869+ 37,059+ 261,808+
Iraq 445,949+ 10,513+ 375,188+
Germany 417,350+ 10,090+ 310,200+
Bangladesh 396,413+ 5,761+ 312,065+
Indonesia 381,910+ 13,077+ 305,100+
Philippines 365,799+ 6,915+ 312,691+
Turkey 357,693+ 9,658+ 311,520+
Saudi Arabia 344,157+ 5,264+ 330,578+
Ukraine 330,396+ 6,164+ 137,578+
Pakistan 326,216+ 6,715+ 309,646+
Israel 308,840+ 2,329+ 290,130+
Netherlands 272,401+ 6,964+ N/A
Belgium 270,132+ 10,588+ 22,213+
Czechia 231,146+ 1,941+ 91,589+
Poland 228,318+ 4,172+ 105,092+
Canada 211,508+ 9,888+ 177,746+
Romania 201,032+ 6,245+ 144,429+
Morocco 190,416+ 3,205+ 157,175+
Ecuador 158,270+ 12,528+ 134,187
Nepal 153,008+ 829+ 105,488+
Bolivia 140,445+ 8,584+ 106,950+
Qatar 130,711+ 229+ 127,599+
Panama 127,227 2,612 103,398
Dominican Republic 122,873 2,212 100,920
UAE 122,273+ 475+ 115,068+
Kuwait 120,232+ 740+ 111,440+
Portugal 112,440+ 2,276+ 65,880+
Oman 111,837 1,147 97,949
Sweden 110,594+ 5,933+ N/A
Kazakhstan 110,086+ 1,796 105,493+
Egypt 106,230+ 6,176+ 98,713+
Guatemala 103,902+ 3,594+ 93,341+
Switzerland 103,653+ 2,067+ 55,800+
Costa Rica 101,826+ 1,265+ 61,662+
Japan 95,138+ 1,694+ 88,245+
Ethiopia 92,229+ 1,400+ 46,118+
Honduras 91,509+ 2,604+ 37,132+
Belarus 91,167+ 945 82,136+
Venezuela 88,416+ 759+ 82,284+
China 85,747+ 4,634 80,865+
Bahrain 79,574+ 311+ 76,143+
Austria 74,415+ 954+ 55,195+
Armenia 73,310+ 1,145+ 50,276+
Moldova 70,256+ 1,654+ 51,102+
Lebanon 68,479+ 559+ 32,412+
Uzbekistan 64,724+ 542+ 61,957+
Nigeria 61,882+ 1,129+ 57,190+
Singapore 57,951+ 28 57,832+
Paraguay 57,526+ 1,262+ 38,187+
Algeria 55,630+ 1,897+ 38,788+
Ireland 55,261+ 1,878+ 23,364
Kyrgyzstan 54,588+ 1,126+ 47,050+
Hungary 54,278+ 1,352+ 15,655+
Libya 53,384+ 774+ 29,619+
Palestine 49,579+ 439+ 42,850+
Jordan 48,930+ 508+ 7,449+
Azerbaijan 48,221+ 656+ 40,831+
Kenya 47,843+ 884+ 33,421+
Ghana 47,601+ 314+ 46,824+
Tunisia 47,214+ 784+ 5,032
Myanmar 42,365+ 1,038+ 22,445+
Afghanistan 40,687+ 1,507+ 34,010+
Denmark 38,622+ 697+ 31,295+
Bosnia and Herzegovina 38,493+ 1,065+ 26,260+
Serbia 38,115+ 786+ 31,536
Slovakia 37,911+ 134+ 8,859+
Bulgaria 36,519+ 1,077+ 18,102+
El Salvador 32,421+ 940+ 28,127+
Croatia 31,717+ 413+ 22,910+
Greece 29,057+ 559+ 9,989
Australia 27,484+ 905 25,169+
North Macedonia 25,991+ 883+ 18,247+
S. Korea 25,698+ 455+ 23,717+
Georgia 24,562+ 183+ 9,751+
Malaysia 24,514+ 214+ 15,884+
Cameroon 21,570 425 20,117
Ivory Coast 20,405+ 121 20,100+
Slovenia 19,307+ 214+ 7,659+
Albania 18,556+ 469+ 10,466+
Norway 17,405+ 279 11,863
Madagascar 16,810 238 16,215
Montenegro 16,436+ 255+ 12,378+
Zambia 16,095+ 346 15,179+
Senegal 15,525+ 321 14,082+
Finland 14,474+ 353 9,800
Sudan 13,724 836 6,764
Luxembourg 12,851+ 141+ 9,085+
Namibia 12,501+ 133 10,748+
Mozambique 11,748+ 82+ 9,234+
Guinea 11,635 71 10,474
Maldives 11,391+ 37 10,428+
Uganda 11,163+ 99+ 7,269+
DRC 11,122+ 304 10,379
Tajikistan 10,695+ 81 9,782+
French Guiana 10,351+ 69 9,995
Lithuania 9,104+ 126+ 3,978+
Haiti 9,015+ 231 7,361+
Gabon 8,901 54 8,479
Jamaica 8,638+ 182+ 4,156+
Angola 8,582 260 3,305
Zimbabwe 8,257+ 236 7,771+
Cabo Verde 8,122 91 6,940
Mauritania 7,650 163 7,369
Guadeloupe 7,329 115 2,199
Sri Lanka 7,153+ 14 3,644+
Cuba 6,479+ 128 5,899+
Bahamas 6,268+ 130 3,795+
Botswana 5,923 21 927
Malawi 5,885+ 183 5,287+
Eswatini 5,831+ 116 5,485+
Djibouti 5,528+ 61 5,393+
Trinidad and Tobago 5,487+ 104+ 3,945+
Nicaragua 5,434 155 4,225
Syria 5,319+ 264+ 1,692+
Hong Kong 5,285+ 105 5,029+
Malta 5,258+ 49 3,439+
French Polynesia 5,161 19 3,536
Congo 5,156 92 3,887
Suriname 5,154 109 4,995
Réunion 5,149+ 20+ 4,630+
Equatorial Guinea 5,074 83 4,961
Rwanda 5,052+ 34 4,806+
CAR 4,862+ 62 1,924
Aruba 4,401+ 36 4,160+
Iceland 4,308+ 11 3,187+
Estonia 4,300+ 73+ 3,418+
Latvia 4,208+ 50+ 1,357
Mayotte 4,203 44 2,964
Andorra 4,038+ 69+ 2,729+
Guyana 3,960+ 117+ 2,923+
Somalia 3,897 102 3,166
Thailand 3,727+ 59 3,518+
Gambia 3,659 119 2,660
Mali 3,440 132 2,608
Cyprus 3,314+ 25 1,444
Belize 2,995+ 46 1,826+
South Sudan 2,876+ 56+ 1,290
Uruguay 2,701 53 2,204
Benin 2,557 41 2,330
Burkina Faso 2,433+ 65 1,996+
Guinea-Bissau 2,403 41 1,818
Sierra Leone 2,343+ 74+ 1,782+
Martinique 2,257 24 98
Togo 2,162+ 52 1,586+
Yemen 2,060+ 599+ 1,354+
Lesotho 1,934+ 43 961
New Zealand 1,923+ 25 1,832+
Chad 1,423+ 96 1,234+
Liberia 1,393+ 82 1,278
Niger 1,215 69 1,128
Vietnam 1,148 35 1,049
Sao Tome and Principe 935 15 898
San Marino 819+ 42 716+
Curaçao 818+ 1 534+
Channel Islands 795+ 48 659
Sint Maarten 776+ 22 702+
Turks and Caicos 699+ 6 689
Gibraltar 641+ 0 500+
Papua New Guinea 583 7 545
Burundi 553+ 1 497
Taiwan 548 7 497
Saint Martin 538 8 422
Comoros 517 7 494
Tanzania 509 21 183
Faeroe Islands 490 0 473
Eritrea 461+ 0 405+
Mauritius 435+ 10 386+
Isle of Man 348 24 321
Bhutan 336+ 0 306
Mongolia 328 0 312
Liechtenstein 324+ 1 170+
Monaco 295+ 2 241+
Cambodia 286 0 280
Cayman Islands 239+ 1 215
Barbados 226+ 7 207
Bermuda 190+ 9 175+
Seychelles 153+ 0 149+
Caribbean Netherlands 150 3 121
Brunei 148 3 143
Antigua and Barbuda 122 3 107+
St. Barth 77 0 66
St. Vincent Grenadines 73+ 0 64
Saint Lucia 48+ 0 27
Dominica 37+ 0 29
Fiji 33 2 30
Timor-Leste 29 0 28
Grenada 27 0 24
Vatican City 27 0 15
Laos 24 0 22
Greenland 17 0 16
Saint Pierre Miquelon 16 0 12
Western Sahara 10 1 8
Solomon Islands 4+ 0 3+
Total: 42,441,386 1,148,515 31,410,465

Countries with No Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Anguilla 3 0 3
Falkland Islands 13 0 13
Macao 46 0 46
New Caledonia 27 0 27
Saint Kitts and Nevis 19 0 19
British Virgin Islands 71 1 70
British Virgin Islands 71 1 70
Montserrat 13 1 12
Total: 109 0 109

Countries with All Cases Resolved

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Brunei 146 3 143
Montserrat 13 1 12
Total: 159 4 155

International Conveyances

Intl Cnvy Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Diamond Princess 712 13 651
MS Zaandam 9 2 0
Total: 721 15 651
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2020.10.23 10:33 Logiman43 How PIS destroyed Poland.

EDIT: This post is in an article format with pictures and graphs here
I can't be silent anymore. In 2018, out of 1076 abortions in Poland, 1 was because of rape, 25 because it was dangerous for the woman's life and 1050 because of an unhealthy fetus. It means that PIS just totally banned abortion in Poland
Too few Europeans are aware of the depth of this crisis. The current Polish government is destroying the country from inside-out with its nepotism, religious zeal, communistic tactics, social programs and funding verge organizations (or trolls). It breaks every single law, making unconstitutional laws since 2015 and destroying the court of law. How Poland is pushing EU into crisis - rise of populism. The video is 2 years old and now it's worst
PIS staffed every single judicial court with its own people (ending the impartiality of judges). The very aggressive social 500+ program increased the job inactivity of Poles to 48% (48% of 15+ Polish citizens are NEET. Unemployment is at 5-6%). The Job vacancies in Poland are at the lowest level in EU. The corruption and nepotism is rampant, more than 1000 family members and friends are in public companies or in different Ministries. Polish PIS high ranking politicians are also making money together with pimps and mafia (see scandals down there). They are also giving millions of euros from public money to the Catholic Church. They are paying trolls to spew hate on Facebook, via Whatsapp and on the web. Some of them are hiding and not prosecuting pedophiles in the Catholic Church. Poland has almost the lowest innovation in EU. In 15 indexes tracking freedom and democracy in Europe Poland went from an average position of 12 out of 28 in 2010 to 23 out of 28 in 2019. I mean, not to diminish Trump’s “awesomeness” but imagine if the WHOLE republican party in the US was Trump-like. Shady deals, family in the govt, creating discord, staffing courts with their own judges. I’m just mortified.
For further reading I recommend: Sadurski, Wojciech. "Poland's Constitutional Breakdown", Oxford University Press, 2019.
Acronyms and main characters:

PiS changes electoral rules in an unconstitutional move. Presidential "elections" 2020 are the Biggest legal blunder of the year

Poland Is Showing the World How Not to Run a Pandemic Election. The upcoming Polish election is shaping up to be a farce. Washington should learn from Warsaw’s mistakes before November.
Why Poland’s “ghost election” sends a warning about its democracy
Wikipedia about this blunder

Destruction of the rule of law.

Some of the passages below are taken from this pdf
No member state in the history of the EU has ever gone as far in subjugating its courts to executive control as the current Polish government. The Polish case has become a test whether it is possible to create a Soviet-style justice system in an EU member state; a system where the control of courts, prosecutors and judges lies with the executive and a single party.
Across Europe, national courts recognise the judgements of courts in other member states, whether these involve commercial law, the European arrest warrant or child custody. Judges must assume that courts across the EU operate according to common values and principles set out in the European Union Treaty and in its Charter of Fundamental Rights. Once judges across the EU have reason to doubt whether courts in any member state provide effective judicial protection, the legal order on which the EU rests collapses.
Freedom house - How PIS captured Poland’s Courts

Constitutional Tribunal changes

It all began with the constitutional crisis four years ago. Constitutional crisis and the destruction of the rule of law In 2015, parliament changed the law on the Constitutional Tribunal, which rules on the constitutionality of legislation. The changes allowed them to annul the nominations of three judges made by the previous parliament and appoint their own. It shortened the terms of the tribunal's president and vice-president from nine to three years. The tribunal ruled the move unconstitutional in an open rebellion, but the dispute remains unresolved. Julia Przylebska - was illegally named the president of the Tribunal court by the president. And now Kaczynski, the PM have meetings at her house. Nice separation of power
There's too much to describe. For further info please visit the link. It is an amazing summary of the whole ordeal. timeline

Supreme Court changes

The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said one of the most controversial reforms was to do with the Supreme court, which, among other duties, is responsible for confirming election results. The idea was to lower the age of retirement for Supreme Court justices from 70 to 65, but allow the Polish president to grant a five-year extension to whomever they deemed worthy. In 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) — the EU's highest court —ruled this was illegal, after an interim decision ordered 20 already-sacked judges be reinstated. Of course, PIS chose 2 new Constitutional judges, A politician Pawlowicz with communistic past and Piotrowicz, also a politician and a prosecutor that was an active communist during the 80 that prosecuted Solidarnosc. Both of them are above 65 years old.

Ordinary court judges

There were also moves to try a similar tactic in the general court system for judges and public prosecutors, lowering the age of retirement for women to 60 and for men to 65, down from the current 67. Under the reforms the justice minister, who is appointed by the ruling party, would have the power to extend a judge's term. The laws were somewhat adjusted after pressure from the European Commission, but in November 2019 the ECJ shot down these laws, too, citing gender discrimination and political influence over the judiciary.

Disciplinary measures for judges

Another PiS addition allowed judges to be investigated and sanctioned for their court rulings. The disciplinary hearings and procedures were to be carried out by judges selected via parliament. These reforms were criticized by the European Commission because "judges are not insulated from political control and thus judicial independence is violated." The commission brought legal action against Poland on this matter in October 2019.

National Council of the judiciary takeover

In 2017 PiS remodeled the National Council of the Judiciary, which selects candidates for appointment as judges by the President of the Republic. This allowed it, in the short term, to control appointments to the Supreme Court – including to a newly created Disciplinary Chamber, which hears disciplinary cases against judges, and to a new Extraordinary Appeals Chamber, which adjudicates on electoral issues. Over time PiS’ take-over of the National Judicial Council allows it to reshape the entirety of the judiciary. Fifteen of the 25 members of the National Council of the Judiciary were previously elected by judges themselves, as is common practice across Europe for such bodies. These fifteen judges are now elected by the majority in the Sejm, the lower chamber of the Polish parliament. The other ten members of the National Council of the Judiciary are: four members from the Sejm itself (all four members of PiS), two members from the Senate, one representative of the President of the Republic, the Minister of Justice, the president of the Supreme Court and the president of the Supreme Administrative Court. In total 23 of the 25 positions are directly appointed by political authorities.
After the election of the new KRS, a publication of the list with the names of judges declaring their support for specific candidates was refused. The Supreme Administrative Court ruled that those names must be disclosed. However, the Chancellery of the Sejm has yet to carry out the NSA’s ruling. The Constitutional Tribunal (TK) and the President of the Personal Data Protection Office have been roped into guarding the secret. KRS destruction

Muzzle bill

The muzzle bill passed Dec 2019, victimize judges questioning the legitimacy of the government’s legal appointments, saying it is unlawful to “show hostility to other authorities of the Republic of Poland and its constitutional organs or to critisize the basic principles of the Republic of Poland.”The bill also delegalise the preliminary questions to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU). The bill also allows to fire judges ( which is unconstitutional according to the Constitution). In average Ziobro dismissed a judge every day and a half from its position of president of court source

One of the worse Covid19 laws in EU.

Trampling Fundamental freedoms using a single ordnance and Critiquing the President will land you a year in jail. report.
In the latest special Covid19 law (already 4th lol) PIS smuggled an article straight from a communistic playbook about prosecuting people that critique the president. The sentence can be up to a year. They also smuggled a harsher law for abortions. Can someone tell me HOW it is related to Covid19? source
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Political scandals

Illegal presidential pardon

Illegal presidential pardon for CBA chief Kaminski In 2013, Law and Justice (PiS) MP Mariusz Kamiński – who served as head of the anti-corruption agency from 2006 and 2009 – was found guilty of overstepping his powers. He was sentenced to three years in prison and was banned from holding public office for ten years. Polish President Andrzej Duda pardoned Kamiński even though he was still appealing his sentence at the time. The case against Kamiński was then discontinued. A supreme court judge said that the president interfered in the legal process because Kamiński was proven neither innocent nor guilty when he was pardoned, making a future ruling redundant. The judge said that the president can pardon someone after any final appeal has been heard “because then he is not interfering with the judiciary”.

Merging the General Prosecutor with the political Minister of Justice

The general prosecutor role was merged with the minister of justice Ziobro. source. This handed Ziobro and his subordinates greatly expanded power to politically interfere with rank-and-file prosecutors, their decisions, and their freedoms of speech and association. Poland Is Purging Its Prosecutors
200+ public prosecutors that are loyal to the Minister of Justice Ziobro (from PIS) All of them got promotions (or someone from their family) or pay raises. another list

Destroying the military

The creation of a territorial defense unit- a civilian army led by the ministry of defense to control “the situation inside Poland”. In addition, there was a purge of generals. and killing multibillion deals with France. About 37 generals and 47 colonels left. Why? Because they had to answer to a 27-year old assistant to the Defense Minister, former pharmacy assistant without a university degree. The Rzeczpospolita daily newspaper reported that Misiewicz was given a top communications job with PGZ ( largest defense consortiums in Central Europe) that pays $12,500 a month, huge sum in a country where the average pre-tax wage is about $1,150 a month. source
PIS decides to overhaul 40-years old t-72 instead of investing in German tanks. Not enough ammunition, uniforms NVG and other gadget went to the above unit,
In 2015, the Defence minister Macierewicz raided the Nato center in Warsaw at 1am to take control of documents and place their man at the helm

The ministry of Justice is funding trolls to destroy judges

Ziobro-Piebiak paid Troll scandal The Onet news portal published a report alleging that Deputy Justice Minister Łukasz Piebiak “arranged and controlled” an online campaign against Judge Krystian Markiewicz, the head of Iustitia, a judicial organization critical of the government’s efforts to restructure the judicial system, as well as against other inconvenient judges. According to the Onet report, Piebiak operated and financed an online campaign by a woman called Emilia who allegedly sent over 2,000 letters and emails about Markiewicz to other judges as well as to pro-government right-wing media. The messages contained fabricated, semi-confirmed and gossipy details of the judge’s personal life. According to Onet, Emilia obtained Markiewicz’s personal address from Piebiak so she could send him one of the letters.

Taking over the state media

State media was taken over by PIS and is using mass propaganda and here Not only they are a propaganda tube but they also offend polish citizens ie – translation: defenders of paedophiles and alimonies-takers are the ones against judiciary reforms. They call every peaceful protest as a coup
The same can be said about the GUS – general statistical bureau. It is controlled by PIS and it is known to “change” metrics so every Inflation or unemployment metrics can’t be trusted.

LBGT-free zones and Xenophobia.

Fear against refugees and calls for xenophobia. A leaked draft of a new Polish migration policy discriminates against Muslims, ranks foreigners according to ethnicity and breaches human rights
PIS is supporting LGBT free zones where a thrid of Poland is declared as LGBT-free. During the presidential elections in 2020 Gay “ideology” is worse than communism, says Duda - PIS president . another source

Destroying education and HealthCare.

PIS cancels the in vitro program Polish government program that covered most of the in vitro costs was immediately cut by the Law and Justice Party when it came to power in late 2015, even though Poland has one of the lowest birth rates in the EU. Catholic Church opposition to IVF is widely seen as one factor in the Polish government's decision.
PIS also increased the minimum wage at the beginning of 2020. It created a weird paradox where a teacher and a starting MD is earning less than the minimal wage because they get paid from public money and the minimal wage change is for the private sector. And PIS wants to ban sex ed by labeling teachers as gay activists and pedophiles. Critics say Poland’s governing Law and Justice Party is wrecking the education system for political gain — and students are suffering.

No one cares for the environment.

Destruction of the oldest European forest in Poland by Minister of Environment Szyszko The Bialowieza Forest is a UNESCO World Heritage site that sprawls across the border between Poland and Belarus, occupying almost 580 square miles of woodland and providing home to rare European wood bison among others. At least 10,000 trees are thought to have been felled in Białowieża, since the Polish environment minister, Jan Szyzko tripled logging limits there in 2016. The EU’s highest court has ruled that Poland’s logging in the Unesco-protected Białowieża forest is illegal, potentially opening the door to multi-million euro fines.
“Our (water) resources are comparable to those of Egypt,” it said in the report bearing the ominous title: “Poland, European Desert”

Nepotism and colleagues in state-owned companies

PIS won the elections by wanting to fight nepotism. The most famous was “24yo Misiewicz, a former pharmacy assistant without a university degree was in the defense industry under Macierewicz. The apparent favoritism has raised ethics concerns in a party that won office promising to fight corruption.” source There is even a webpage listing more than 1000 cases of nepotism under PIS Pisiewicze
Latest data show 162M PLN to 84 PIS oligarchs and Colleagues

Illegal budget for 2017

The 2017 budget "was adopted" not in the Sejm assembly hall, but in a smaller room where the so-called parliamentary session was held immediately as a follow-up to the meeting of the parliamentary causus of PIS, where no reliable counting of vates was possible, and with many allegations taht the opposition MPs were not allowed in. [Constitutional Democracy in Crisis?, Oxfoord, 2018, p.268]

Ex-communists in PIS ranks. And PIS is very anti-left and anti-PRL.

They are accusing the opposition – PO - to consist mostly of ex-communists or communistic party members or collaborators. The issue is that most members of PO fought against the communism and spent months/years in prison in the ’80. On the other hand, the PIS party members scarcely fought for polish liberty and some of its party members are former communistic party members or communistic prosecutors like Piotrowicz! Some Polish TC judge are also ex-PRL members. Here is a list in polish of all current PIS party members who served as PRL members during the communistic era. So, PIS is fighting against itself. Another list with 20 names of ex-party members now in PIS

Funding the Catholic church with public money

PIS is very Pro-Catholic, most of their voters are devout Catholics. So it is no surprise that PIS is funding religious orgs from public money. Since Law and Justice came to power in 2015, Father Rydzyk’s businesses have received at least $55 million in subsidies from at least 10 ministries and state companies. His Radio Maryja station, which reaches millions and is often the sole source of information for many older voters in rural Poland, offers a daily diet of horror stories about a world without faith, where gay people control the political agenda, universities are corrupted by “neo-Marxists,” and the Roman Catholic Church is under mortal threat. Rydzyk Embroiled in Corruption Allegations
Hiding Pedophilia. Map of 259 victims of catholic pedophilia. When a documentary was released before recent local elections revealing devastating examples of how priests sexually abused children and how church officials covered it up, many in PIS saw it not as evidence of an institution that lost its way, but one that needed to be defended. Piotrowicz, the above communist prosecutor, dismissed in 2001 a case against a priest accused of raping six girls.
Polish PIS president Duda pardons a paedophile that raped his own daughter. He makes the pardon a week before elections

Smolensk commission

The so-called assassination of Kaczynski's twin president brother in Smolensk created 90M PLN of costs. PIS created a "cult" around his death and even created a special commission that would prove it was an assassination. Kaczynski was using it on every occasion Don't wipe your treacherous mugs with .... Ofc they didn’t prove anything and they buried the topic. Every 10th of every month for 3 years, PIS party leader Kaczynski was making a "show" commemorating his dead twin brother. He was using the police to secure his demonstration even if he has no lawful power (he is neither a president, neither the prime minister). New law expanding police surveillance and the police is getting raises after raises to keep them happy. The commemorations, the commission and the damages (paid only to the politicians’ families, not to the crew) amounted to 91M PLN.

The welfare revolution

PIS is also very pro-family. The party is giving away 500zl per month for every kid. In short, it has “bought” the elections. The polish economy is unable to sustain such an endeavor roots of populism. And it costs the economy 80B PLN between 2016 and 2019. The best part? Rate of births is negative for the last couple of years and inflation is still growing. According to the PIS Stats bureau it is 3.5% and growing. However, many journalists made their own baskets of normal good and services and the inflation is closer to 10%. Additionally there is a growing debt that PIS tries to hide by shifting some debt into other Funds. One of them is the “Solidarity fund” that is not counted in the overall polish GDP, that is to support people with disabilities will pay for the 13th and 14th pension of people 65+.

Funding propaganda and trolls

Computational Propaganda in Poland: Russian troll factories
PIS bought the Pegasus spyware to spy on its citizens In September 2018, private broadcaster TVN24 reported that Poland’s state audit body, NIK, was questioning an outlay of over 33 million zloty (€7.6 million euro) by the Justice Fund, a government fund to help victims of crime. According to TVN, the money went toward the purchase of a “new system to spy on telephones and computers, the most expensive system in the history of Polish secret services.” Reports that the covertly purchased system could be Pegasus — a top-performing spyware that is impossible to track — surfaced last week.
Polish troll farms promoting Duda and Kaczynski

Funding public TV stations

Polish public TV stations should be impartial and public. Not favoring any party nor government and give the same screen time to every party equally. Unfortunately, there was a purge of journalists the moment PIS won the election and the propaganda is stalin-like. Look at this graph how it changed. Polish TVP is the mouthpiece of the govt. In 2020 PIS voted to give an additional 2B pln per year for 5 years to public tv.
Public Main TV making fun of US ambassador by reading the tweet with a derogatory accent

Scandals

PIS has hundreds of scandals that each would destroy a modern government. They defrauded billions of PLN over the years, put 1000’s of family members in different state-owned companies. Below are listed the main sexual and financial scandals.
  1. Sex hotel of the head of the Audit office Marian Banaś , a Law and Justice (PiS) politician and recently appointed chief of Poland’s Supreme Audit Office has been heavily embroiled in a corruption scandal, another to hit the ruling party just weeks before the country votes in a parliamentary election. Mr Banaś served as finance minister from June to August this year, and is a key figure in the party. Mr Banaś concealed his possession of a tenement house in Krakow from his financial disclosures. This property was then revealed to have deep running connections with a local, criminally-run escort agency. He claimed that the house was given to him by an old friend whom he met in the Home Army, which he then renovated. In his disclosures he claimed he would sell the house, which never happened. Banaś claims that this was due to the buyer’s inability to get a loan. Investigations have further revealed that Mr Banaś agreed to rent the property for 5000 zloty a month, 10,000 zloty lower than its estimated market value, according to Gazeta Wyborcza. Just as the scandal could not apparently get any worse for Mr Banaś, further investigation by journalist Bertold Kittel revealed criminal links. When Mr Kittel entered the property he found at the reception an infamous Krakow criminal known as one of the brothers K – Wiesław or Janusz, who control escort agencies in the region. While still under investigation, there have been suggestions of contact between the two.
  2. "Alleged" Pedophila and Sex trafficking scandal of House speaker Wirtualna Polska learned the contents of the message of CBA officer Wojciech J. to the prosecutor's office about the failure of the head of the CBA, Ernest Bejda. In the background is a lost record with a recording of one of the leading PiS politicians who should have sex with a minor Ukrainian girl lost. His name falls on the document. In the message, Wojciech J. refers to several reports that he was the head of the office in connection with the "unauthorized access to his armored cabinet during his absence" submitted. From this vault, a record should be lost in escort agencies from the Podkarpacie region. One of the leading PiS politicians should have sex with a young Ukrainian in the recording. The statement signed by lawyer Beata Bosak-Kruczek mentions the name of Sejm spokesman Marek Kuchciński.
  3. Health minister Szumowski alleged to have bought £1m of PPE from ski instructor friend during pandemic. And givng away £65m grants to companies run by brother public anger has exploded after Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported that Szumowski bought masks with fake certificates from a skiing instructor who is friends with his businessman brother, Marcin. Poland’s Health Ministry reportedly spent five million zloty (£1m) on 120,000 FFP-2 type face masks and 20,000 surgical masks that were later found not to meet safety standards, Politico says. The company that sold the masks was registered on the 30 of March and won the govt. contract on the same day. Critics have also questioned Szumowski’s previous dealings in government. Polish news network tvn24 reports that while serving as deputy science minister in 2016-17, he gave 300 million zloty (£60m) in grants from Poland’s National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) to OncoArendi Therapeutics, a research company run by his brother. Another company in which Szumowski was a shareholder, Life Science Innovation (LSI), was reportedly given a 24 million zloty (£5m) NCBR grant just days after he took up the ministerial post.
  4. Same Health minister Szumowski bought 1.2 thousand ventilators for PLN 200 million from a company owned by an arms dealer, not a single device was delivered
contd.
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2020.10.23 10:15 stochastic_gd How to obtain a list of Tech/Software companies from the "Register of licensed sponsors: workers" that sponsor Tier 2 visa?

Hello all!
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As an international candidate, residing outside of the UK, I have been actively applying for jobs (based in the UK) and even attended interviews with a couple of tech companies in the past few weeks. P.S. Both were unsuccessful attempts, though I made it till the last rounds of interviews.
I have been using ONLY Stack Overflow Jobs to date. But the number of jobs, on Stack Overflow, that resonate with my experience and skillset is very limited.
  1. Is it possible to get a filtered list of Tech/Software companies from the "Register of licensed sponsors: workers" that sponsor Tier 2 visa?
  2. What is the next best/optimal alternative to "Stack Overflow Jobs" to find jobs that sponsor Tier 2 visa?
Should you need any further information, I'd be glad to add the same here.
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2020.10.23 09:54 StageyMuch First Date The Musical

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(Remove Spaces)
Do opposites really attract? Cool chick Casey (Samantha Barks) and tightly wound Aaron (Simon Lipkin) are hoping so. These two New York City singles have been set up by friends and family, but from the outset this First Date seems to be doomed. The two have nothing in common… But with the help of a meddling but well-meaning waiter, and a host of other characters along the way, can this mismatched pair turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?
With a contemporary rock score, First Date gleefully pokes fun at the all too familiar dating mishaps we’ve all experienced and gives hope that there could be that one special person out there for all of us.
Samantha Barks and Simon Lipkin will be joined by Oscar Conlon-Morrey (Only Fools And Horses), Nicholas McLean (Wicked) and Danielle Steers (Bat Out Of Hell), as well as a special appearance by Rufus Kampa (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, The Musical). This joyful show will be filmed in the world-renowned Crazy Coqs with direction and professional videography by Dean Johnson, musical supervision by Adam Hoskins and musical direction by Josh Winstone.
REVIEWS
THE STAGE - https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/first-date-the-musical
BROADWAY WORLD - https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-FIRST-DATE-THE-MUSICAL-Crazy-Coqs-Online-20201022
CREATIVE REVIEWS UK - http://creativereviewsuk.blogspot.com/2020/10/musical-review-first-date.html
THEATRE WEEKLY - https://theatreweekly.com/review-first-date-from-lambert-jackson-and-crazy-coqs/
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2020.10.23 05:35 ModeratorsOfArmenia Azerbaijan-Turkey war against Artsakh [Day 27]

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What is all this about?
  • On 27th of September, Azerbaijan with direct involvement of Turkey and using mercenaries from Syria launched a devastating war against the de facto Nagorno Karabakh Republic in an attempt to resolve the lingering Karabakh conflict using extreme and remorseless violence despite the existing peace process while rejecting UN's appeal for a global ceasefire due to the pandemic.
  • Independent organisations have raised alarms of ethnic cleansing and a humanitarian catastrophe for the indigenous Armenian population of Nagorno Karabakh.
  • Azerbaijan has severely damaged 130 civilian settlements including the capital Stepanakert with aerial, drones, missiles, smerch, semi-ballistic and artillery means as well the use of cluster bombs against civilian settlements causing half of the Armenian civilians to be forced to leave and the remaining to live in underground shelters.
  • As of October 16, Azerbaijan's violence has resulted in: A total of 36 civilians have been killed - a little girl, 7 women and 28 men. A total of 115 people were wounded, of which 95 received serious injuries: 77 of them are male and 18 are female citizens. Severe damage inflicted upon civilians properties: 7800 private immovable properties, 720 private movable properties, 1310 infrastructure, public and industrial objects including bombing of a 19th century Armenian church. Over 700 Armenian military personnel and volunteers have also been killed, making the KIA per capita higher than the KIA of the Vietnam War.
  • Nagorno Karabakh has been an officially bordered self-governed autonomous region since 1923 which de facto became independent from the Soviet Union before Armenia and Azerbaijan gained their independence. Nagorno Karabakh has never been governed by the state of Azerbaijan and has never been under control of an independent Azerbaijan.
  • Nagorno Karabakh has had continuous majority indigenous Armenian presence since long before Azerbaijan became a state in 1918. Karabakh Armenians have their own culture, dialect, heritage and history going back millennia.
  • Nagorno Karabakh does not have the status of an occupied territory and it is not referred to as such by the international community, the UN, OSCE, third party experts, and all reputable international media. Nagorno Karabakh is considered by the international community as a break-away enclave where its Armenian indigenous population has agency with legal backing. Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous Oblast as was known during the USSR-era made several petitions to join Armenia culminating in an independence referendum.
  • The final status of Nagorno Karabakh is pending the UN-mandated OSCE settlement as also agreed to by Azerbaijan on the basis of the Helsinki Final Act of 1975 among other norms of international law.
  • The UN-mandated OSCE led by the US, France and Russia, and backed by the UN, EU, NATO and Council of Europe, among others, non-optionally applies the principle of self-determination to Nagorno Karabakh.
  • The European Parliament passed a resolution in 1988 supporting the unification of Nagorno Karabakh with the Armenia SSR.
  • The four existing UN Security Council resolutions call for cease of hostilities and mandate the conflict to be settled under the OSCE framework, with the latter determining the final status of Nagorno Karabakh. These resolutions followed the capture of surrounding territories around Nagorno Karabakh by the Nagorno Karabakh forces during the final months of the Karabakh War in 1993. These resolutions do NOT recognise Nagorno Karabakh as occupied; do NOT demand withdrawals from Nagorno Karabakh; do NOT recognise Armenia as having occupied any territories; do NOT demand any withdrawals by Armenia from any territories - which is why there were no grounds for invoking Chapter VII either.
  • Same as above applies to the only existing non-binding UN General Assembly resolution which was rejected by the OSCE co-chairs (US, France and Russia) for attempting to bypass the UN-mandated OSCE framework to determine the final status of Nagorno Karabakh. The majority of UN members states abstained from voting in favour of said resolution.
  • The ceasefire agreement of 1994 had three signatories: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh.
  • This is an authoritative map of Nagorno Karabakh with the surrounding territories with original place names courtesy of Thomas de Waal.
  • The Crisis Group's Karabakh Conflict Visual Explainer has a detailed timeline of the conflict.
  • The constitution of the de facto republic states that Nagorno Karabakh Republic and Artsakh Republic are synonymous, while not laying claim on the surrounding territories.
Is there a peace plan?
Is there a neutral narrative of the conflict?
  • UK-based Conciliation Resources helped Armenian and Azerbaijani journalists to jointly produce a neutral documentary where everything you see and hear is agreed by both parties, watch it online here. Tom de Waal's Black Garden book is considered to be a comprehensive and balanced work on the conflict.
I do not live in Armenia, how can I help?
Disclaimer: Official news is not independent news. Some sources of information are of unknown origin, such as Telegram channels often used to report events by users. Fog of war exists. Borders are fluid in 5th generation wars. There are independent journalists from reputable international media in Nagorno Karabakh reporting on events.
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2020.10.23 05:10 JohnBierce The Wrack Sale $0.99

The Wrack Sale $0.99
Earlier this year, in a case of incredibly awkward and poor timing, I released The Wrack, a novel about a plague. It's been... surreal. I've also had the fascinating opportunity to judge the worth of my specific predictions about how humans respond to a pandemic or epidemic in comparison to an ongoing, real world epidemic. (I really wish I didn't have that opportunity, it's not a very thick silver lining.) I'll leave the final verdict on that to my readers.
It's a weird little book, to be sure. It's a novel-in-stories, and few characters appear in or get povs in more than a small handful of chapters. Many of the chapters are effectively standalone short stories exploring aspects of the world, the culture, and of the titular plague. It's also an epidemiological mystery, with plenty of clues as to the true nature of the disease provided, if you want to try and solve it before the characters do. The Wrack was an effort to explore how civilization responds to natural disaster, to explore the different ways people lean on and turn towards faith during times of crisis, and it very much was an effort to push myself as an artist. It was also the culmination of a year of intensive research into epidemiology on my part, following a lifelong interest in the topic.
(If you're not in a space to read a book about a plague during a pandemic, of course, I absolutely understand, no judgements there. This year, over any other, is a good year for comfort reads, and The Wrack is hardly that.)

Plague has come to the continent of Teringia.
As the Wrack makes its slow, relentless march southwards, it will humble kings and healers, seers and merchants, priests and warriors. Behind, it leaves only screams and suffering, and before it, spreads only fear.
Lothain, the birthplace of the Wrack, desperately tries to hold itself together as the plague burns across it and its neighbors circle like vultures. The Moonsworn healers would fight the Wrack, but must navigate distrust and violence from the peoples of Teringia. Proud Galicanta readies itself for war, as the Sunsworn Empire watches and waits for the Wrack to bring its rival low.
And the Wrack advances, utterly unconcerned with the plans of men.

Cover art by Amir Zand.

The Wrack is currently $0.99 on Amazon, and £0.99 on Amazon UK, though, due to a screwup on my part, the UK sale only lasts a few hours. (Forgot to change the end date away from the 23rd. Whooooops.)
Book Bingo Categories:
  • Optimistic SFF- YMMV, but I'm firmly in the camp of believing that depressing and optimistic can get along just fine with one another. (Hard Mode- I'm fairly confident I'm not Becky Chambers.)
  • Ace / Aro Spec Fic With the note that very few characters in The Wrack show up for more than a single chapter, or a small number of chapters.
  • Self-Published SFF Novel Except for the audio- I have a publisher, Podium, for my audiobooks.
  • Novel Published in 2020
  • Big Dumb Object Mysterious illnesses were specifically mentioned in the list, so this definitely counts!
  • Novel Featuring Politics Me writing any book this isn't true of is going to be a rare event.
(The Wrack is technically part of the same multiverse as my Mage Errant series, but you don't need to have read one to read the other. It also has a hard magic system, but is a fairly low magic setting despite that.)
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