first_imgIf you thought Amnesty International Aotearoa NZ were about human rights, you’d be totally wrong. You just need to read their submission supporting the decriminalisation of abortion.They start by saying“Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.”Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 3, says that “Everyone has the right to life…“, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989, Preamble, says “the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth“…Good start – but what follows is completely the opposite message from this so-called human rights group…“We recognise that legal protection of human rights, including the right to life, commences at birth.”(Might as well scrap all those prenatal guidelines about mothers not drinking or smoking or singing to their unborn child or eating healthy etc)“We believe [Model A] will best ensure that access to safe abortions is effectively available to pregnant people (!!) to make their own decisions, free from barriers, delays or restrictions that could violate their human rights, including their reproductive autonomy.”Model A is abortion any time, for any reason, up to birth.“Criminalisation of abortion in any circumstances and denial of access to safe abortion services is a manifestation, cause and consequence of social systems that discriminate, deny personal and bodily autonomy and impose unequal burdens on the basis of individuals’ reproductive capacities and their pregnancy status, among other related factors.”Too bad about the ‘personal and bodily autonomy’ of unborn children, ‘discrimination’ against them, or ‘denial of access’ to life!And just to show how ‘woke’ Amnesty International is –“AIANZ therefore recommends that the Bill be clarified further and that it is made explicit that services should be available also to transgender people and people of other gender identities capable of becoming pregnant.”Um, if they can become pregnant, they’re a ‘woman’. We checked. It’s still a biological truth.Interestingly, the only highlight of their submission is their advocacy for the disabled community…“We affirm that the only way of supporting all prospective parents to make informed decisions about continuing or terminating their pregnancies is through affirmative measures, such as combating ableism in prenatal testing and counselling processes, ensuring all parents are operating in an enabling environment and have the social and economic supports they need to raise any child, including a child with disabilities or who is otherwise socially excluded, and promoting the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in all spheres of public and private life.” That’s, of course, if they are actually allowed to be born.Ironically, they’re against the death penalty. Go figure.last_img read more


first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — Indiana State Police say a local woman was killed in a crash around noon Tuesday on U.S. 50 near Station Hollow Road. A witness alerted troopers to the crash scene after spotting an inverted car down the embankment.Troopers say Cynthia McCool, 50, was westbound on U.S. 50 and drove off the road for an unknown reason. The car rolled down the embankment, ejecting McCool. She was declared deceased at the scene.Investigators speculate the crash happened between 8 a.m. and noon, saying the car was very difficult to see from the roadway.last_img read more


first_imgWorld football governing body has banned Iran national football team from hosting Zimbabwe in an international friendly match on Wednesday 12 November.Iran Football Federation official Omid Jamali confirmed that they were locked out by the federation’s rule which orders that teams have to rest at least three days between any two games in two different continents and duration of their flights to be more than five hours.Registered another friendlyThe Warriors of Zimbabwe had scheduled a friendly match away to Morocco on Sunday 16 November hence cannot play another four days later in Asian continent. -After preliminary talks for a friendly game between Iran and Zimbabwe, we sent the required forms to FIFA, seeking their permission when we were told that Zimbabwe had earlier registered another friendly game in Morocco with the country’s national team, Jamal is quoted as saying by Harare24.comHarambee Stars This happens after Iran cancelled their friendly with Kenya’s Harambee Stars claiming the latter’s football authorities had demanded a hefty $50,000 in cash apart from their travels and accommodation.last_img read more


first_imgPaint.net 4.1.5 released with performance improvements by Martin Brinkmann on December 05, 2018 in Music and Video – Last Update: December 06, 2018 – 19 commentsThe developer of the image editor Paint.net released version 4.1.5 of the application for Microsoft’s Windows operating system today.The new version of Paint.net is available on the Microsoft Store and as a Win32 program that users can download from the official project website.Paint.net users who run the program already on their devices should receive update notifications when they run the program the next time. A click on Settings > Updates > Check Now runs a manual check for updates right away; Paint.net should pick up the new version and install it when that is done.Paint.net 4.1.5. features performance improvements. The last version of the application improved application start significantly and it seems that work on improving performance of the application continues in this version of the program.The developer of Paint.net added support for CPU instruction sets to the application which improves rendering performance by up to 50%Optimized a portion of the rendering engine for newer CPU instruction sets (SSE2, SSSE3, AVX2). Depending on zoom level, CPU type, and other factors, rendering throughput has been improved by 10-50%.Whether you will see improvements in this regard depends on the processor of the computer the image editor is run on, the zoom level, and other unnamed factors.Rotate operations should be near instant in the new version next to that. You can rotate any image that you loaded in the image editor either by selecting Image and then one of the Rotate options, or via the shortcuts Ctrl-H, Ctrl-G, and Ctrl-J.I ran a couple of tests with 10 Megabyte images in PNG and JPG format, and rotate did indeed process these instantly.Image -> Rotate should now complete almost instantly.Last but not least, Paint.net 4.1.5 includes optimizations that effect plugins may benefit from. Performance of these plugins should improve in the new version.Some performance optimizations for code that uses the indexers on the Surface class, which should improve effect plugin performance.Paint.net 4.1.5 includes a number of fixes next to that which you can check out on the roadmap; at least one crash issue fixed in the Store version.We followed Paint.net’s development for a long time. Our first review dates back to 2009, and the program has received numerous updates since that time.Now You: What is your preferred image editor, and why?SummaryArticle NamePaint.net 4.1.5 released with performance improvementsDescriptionThe developer of the image editor Paint.net released version 4.1.5 of the application for Microsoft’s Windows operating system today.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more