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Poetry in motion

first_imgThe Friday before Halloween, I found myself squatting in a pile of leaves. Above me hung Christmas lights. In front of me was a slideshow of an abandoned German theme park. To my right was an imitation of “A Bar at the Folies Bergère.”I was in the Adams House ArtSpace, which had been temporarily transformed into “Forsaken Places,” the title of the Spoken Word Society’s fall open-mic event, the brainchild of Anna Polonyi ’10.Since sophomore year, I have been a regular attendee of Spoken Word events: from poetry and music over samosas in Kirkland Junior Common Room to quieter nights at Gato Rojo. I remember the first time Polonyi urged me to come. She had heard from a mutual friend about how much, though how privately, I liked to write.When I declined her invitation to read, Polonyi was resolute. I thought my reasons were natural: I disliked attaching a face to my writing. I wanted to distance authorship. I felt awkward rising from an audience of aspiring writers and claiming that I, too, was an author. I, too, deserved their attention. While I might paint myself as humble and awkward, I was genuinely scared then.Polonyi pointed out, “You can only get better if you share with other people.” I agreed, but I wanted to be the ghost at my own funeral, reaping the comments, praise, and criticism elicited by my writing, anonymously.The Spoken Word open mic is a rare democratic space for Harvard student artists. Presenters span poets, prose writers, diary keepers, rappers, and musicians. As editors of The Gamut, Harvard’s poetry magazine, Liza Flum ’10 and Sharon Wang ’10 agreed with me that there are two conflicting impulses in the Harvard writing community. One is a blameless appreciation of literature, a great love of and need for writing. The second is the problematic tendency to build hierarchies.Often, this second tendency flares up not out of cruelty but necessity. For example, both Flum and Wang are writing two of the coveted poetry theses in the English Department. The spots are limited. Flum and Wang happen to be two of the most talented and humble people I know. However, the competitive process to secure a creative thesis often stirs bad blood. They recall uncomfortable moments in their poetry workshops when students were unnecessarily judgmental, rather than supportive of, their peers’ work. Likewise, the process for getting published can leave unsuccessful students feeling marginalized.The problem that we noticed is psychosocial. Not only are struggles for superiority, recognition, and validation annoying, but they are damaging. They distort a student’s ability to produce good writing.Though Flum and Wang champion good sportsmanship, they are not without critical standards. The Gamut puts out only one issue per year because, according to Wang, it is “extremely difficult” to compile a magazine of poems of a high caliber. The Gamut also hosts an annual poetry competition. Last year, former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky judged.The point is that quality need not be sacrificed for accessibility. The Gamut’s weekly meetings are open: All students are invited to sit in the Lowell private dining hall and discuss submissions. Likewise, Spoken Word hosts weekly workshops. The two organizations fulfill the basic need for open, inclusive, and critical spaces in which students can improve their craft.The second week of November, I heard Michael Ondaatje, poet and novelist, speak at the Sackler Museum. Being a fanatic, I arrived an hour early and situated myself in the front row. Ondaatje sat barely three seats away. I was suddenly struck: What if I didn’t like him as a person? Generally, I have always separated a writer from his text. But when I was in such close breathing, laughing, and touching space to Ondaatje, I suddenly could not ignore that he was human. That his ethics, the beauty of his prose, the characters whom I intimately recalled still originated from him. If I disliked him, I would feel inevitably betrayed by the hypocrisy between text and author.Luckily, I liked Ondaatje. Even luckier, I like Flum, Wang, and Polonyi. As Flum observes, writing is still a community service. It is the responsibility of the author to be mindful of what he provides his audience. Fortunately for me, it was a bed of leaves.If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please e-mail your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected]last_img read more

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‘Non-consensual sexual contact’ incident reported on Eddy Street

first_imgThe Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) announced in an email to the campus community Wednesday a report of “non-consensual sexual contact.” The alleged incident took place on Eddy Street Commons outside of Brothers Bar & Grill early Sunday morning, according to the email.The reported incident involved a male, who has not yet been identified, “inappropriately and non-consensually touching” a female student. The male is thought to be of student age and was described as “a white male with sandy blonde hair, no facial hair, blue eyes, 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a slender build,” according to the email.The email said the victim reported the assailant had an Australian accent, but it is not clear if it was genuine. He also reportedly approached several other women in the area around the time of the incident.The NDPD has been in touch with the Saint Joseph County Special Victims Unit regarding the incident. Any individuals with information are encouraged to report it to the Saint Joseph County Special Victims Unit.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDPD and the Title IX office.Tags: Eddy Street Commons, NDPD, Non-consensual sexual contact, St. Joseph County Police Department, Title IXlast_img read more

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Flu shots ready

first_imgBy April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaA shortage of flu vaccine in recent years caused some people tosuffer through the flu season without getting a shot. But expertssay there should be plenty to go around this year. Getting the shot now will protect you through the winter. Taking the vaccine almost guarantees you won’t get the flu at all. Hinkle said many people, worried more about West Nile virus, mayrush to the emergency room with the flu. She said the shots are usually received in early fall but areoften given until January. People are urged to take them inOctober and November, before the start of the flu season. Small children tend to be around grandparents, too. And children aren’t particularly good at washing their hands or other things that slow the spread of the flu virus, she said.Anyone who is allergic to eggs, Crawley said, shouldn’t take flu shots. The way the flu vaccine is cultured, she said, makes it likely that anyone allergic to eggs would have a reaction to a flu shot. “Immunization experts say the vaccine contains dead flu virus, so you shouldn’t feel sick after getting the shot,” Crawley said. “Some people do report a sore arm where the shot is given for about two days after the injection.” Don’t confuse flu with West Nile Many health departments, pharmacies and health centers areoffering shots. Other than that, though, neither kids nor adults should have any ill effect from taking flu shots. “While both infections can be hazardous for the very young, theelderly and those weakened by pre-existing health conditions,rarely do otherwise healthy people need a doctor’s attention whenthey develop flu.” “It’s important that emergency rooms not be swamped with flupatients,” she said, “preventing high-risk patients from gettingtimely medical care.”Where to get the shotcenter_img And now for the first time, parents are being urged to get flushots for their children over 2 years old. “They’re most likelyto bring it home from school to the rest of the family,” shesaid. In the past few years, manufacturers had a hard time producingenough vaccine early enough to help those at risk. “Symptoms of West Nile Virus infection start out just likeinfluenza, with headache, fever, muscle aches and lack ofenergy,” Hinkle said. “A Web site sponsored by the Georgia Medical Care Foundationtells where and when shots are offered and how much the feesare,” Crawley said. “You can search for locations by county orzip code.” “A new batch of vaccine has to be made each year, since the flu virus changes from year to year,” Crawley said. “There areadequate supplies this year.” Anyone at risk of getting the flu should prepare now by getting aflu shot, said Connie Crawley, a food, nutrition and healthspecialist with the University of Georgia College of Family andConsumer Sciences. UGA entomologist Nancy Hinkle advises people to get a flu shot so they won’t be confused about what they’ve contracted. “Primarily the elderly and those who have chronic diseases like diabetes or heart disease should get a flu shot,” Crawley said. Information is available at www.immunizeadultga.org.last_img read more

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Cyclist treated for minor injuries after accident near Manorcunningham

first_imgA cyclist has been treated by ambulance staff at the side of the main road between Mannorcunningham and Letterkenny this afternoon. The cyclist collided with a parked vehicle on the main road on Wednesday.Their injuries are not life-threatening, according to Gardaí. Motorists are advised to expect delaysCyclist treated for minor injuries after accident near Manorcunningham was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Humboldt Crabs improve to 2-0 after blowout win over South Bay Sliders

first_imgARCATA >> If opening night showed Tyson Fisher that his brand new squad could hit a little bit, Saturday night only reaffirmed that notion.The Humboldt Crabs scored early, they scored often, and then they tacked on a couple more for good measure. Humboldt pounded out 18 hits and took advantage of walks galore in a 18-2 blowout win over the South Bay Sliders on Saturday night at the Arcata Ball Park to improve to 2-0 on the young season.“We swung the bats a little bit,” Fisher said with a …last_img read more

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Crabs, B52s set for midweek series

first_imgA busy summer of local baseball continues this evening for both the Humboldt Crabs and Humboldt B52s.The two local summer collegiate teams each will host a midweek series after successful season openers over the weekend.The Crabs, who renewed an old rivalry when the Corvallis Knights came to town on Friday, opened the season with a 6-2 win, before Saturday night’s game was called after just three innings due to a blown fuse at the Arcata Ball Park.The Crabs will continue the season with a …last_img read more

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Implement NDP in everything you do

first_imgSpeaking via a live video call, Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, encouraged learners to become active citizens.(Images: Shamin Chibba) Brand South Africa’s research manager, Petrus de Kock, said youth development is important to the development of the entire country. MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa   +27 11 483 0122 • Brett Malila  Programme Manager  The President’s Award  +27 46 622 7273 +27 71 031 9857RELATED ARTICLES • Give youth a voice • To SA youth: ‘make NDP yours’ • Investing in African youth • African youth to shake up leadership • Leading SA’s youth out of povertyShamin ChibbaTo ensure the success of the National Development Plan (NDP), Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel urges young South Africans to do two things: first, they must get to know and understand each other, and second, they must incorporate, wherever possible, the principles of the plan into everything they do.This was the message he sent out to pupils at an NDP Youth Dialogue held at Merrifield College in East London on Saturday, 31 August. Those who attended were members of The President’s Award, a youth empowerment NGO that co-hosted the event. Speaking via a live video call, Manuel encouraged the youth to take the initiative to improve conditions in South Africa. He added that it was up to them to make a difference as they would become the country’s leaders by 2030. “If we do not see ourselves as active citizens then we will not realise the aims set out in the NDP.”He asked the pupils where they wanted to see South Africa by 2030 and how they would fulfil their aims. He turned to the NDP’s vision to provide suggestions: “We want to rid the country of poverty and we want to lessen the gap between rich and poor.” Manuel also emphasised the importance of developing South Africa’s technology to help to meet its goals. However, he said the country would have to catch up with the rest of the world and later keep up with them.Petrus de Kock, Brand South Africa’s research manager, explained just how important the youth’s interaction with the minister was, especially since it was on a topic that determined their future. “Let us see what you can contribute in terms of ideas and in terms of questions. We also need to challenge not just the document but ourselves as well.”The principle of development underlying the NDP enabled citizens to live their dreams, develop their skills and their interests, he said, adding that their development as individuals contributed to the development of society. Getting youth to be active citizensBrett Malila, the programme manager of The President’s Award, said the NGO hosted the dialogue to find ways to get young people involved in the bigger picture outlined in the NDP. Some of its members, he said, did not see the effects of their efforts and therefore questioned their need to participate in service. “You do service because you are part of a bigger picture. And being part of it necessarily means you are part of the NDP.”Formed as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award 30 years ago, The President’s Award encourages members to take up a new skill, partake in any physical recreation, and embark on an “adventurous journey”, which usually entails a hike as long as 48 kilometres. Malila said any skill, from web design to first aid, was accepted as long as it was done in a formal manner. “You might have someone who is struggling with maths and does extra maths and that is good enough for us. There is flexibility because each person’s programme is different.”Once the member completed the programme’s three levels, they received a badge and certificate signed by President Jacob Zuma and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. However, Malila said they gained personal qualities that were more important than the accolades. Most participants undertook numerous challenges that would test their perseverance, dedication and self-reliance, which Malila said resulted in a positive change of character. “Teaching [youth] to rely on themselves is probably the best thing in this day and age. And I think that is what our country needs at the moment.”The President’s Award is unique in that it accepts youth from any school or tertiary institution and does not choose them based on their financial position. Malila said some members even came from care centres and correctional facilities. “It is not so much about what they have done in the past to get them in those situations but it is how they plot and plan their future that matters.”According to De Kock, the activities encouraged by The President’s Award fit into the principles of Brand South Africa’s initiative, Play Your Part, which promotes active citizenship. “Play Your Part inspires people to move forward. The more we can implement the principle of working together, then we as a collective will cross the hurdles.” Noteworthy projectsDuring his address, Manuel called on three members of The President’s Award to speak about the contributions they had made to their communities.Chantelle May, 19, a matric pupil from Victoria Girls High School in Grahamstown, is part of a committee which includes five schools from her region. They decided to address the basic needs of children living in poverty by collecting clothing, stationery and shoes. By the end of the programme the committee had collected over 3 100 items, when they had expected to reach only 300.Nolufefe Cunu, 19, from Hillside High School in Port Elizabeth, said her committee looked to provide comfort and support for senior citizens at an old age home as well as juvenile prisoners at a local correctional facility. The committee went about cleaning and painting the old age home and providing prisoners with basic needs such as toiletries. Cunu said the idea came from a need to show the elderly and the prisoners that there were young men and women out there who loved and cared for them. “We want to encourage them and show them there is still hope. We can give them the care and the love they would not normally have.”St George’s College student Alexandra Prins, 16, said her committee, which is made up of five schools in Port Elizabeth, was working towards creating self-sustainability for SOS Children’s Village. It chose the home after learning that most of its funding had been cut. As a result, it was unable to cope with the rapid growth it was experiencing.It started in July, and the committee was collecting educational DVDs, toiletries and even money to buy cleaning materials and new buses. St George’s was also conducting an educational project, through which its pupils taught children from the home. At the beginning of the September holidays, the committee would donate the items it had collected.Prins said the committee would like to expand its reach and increase its size in the future. “Every year we pick one project and do a big event for it. But in between we do not know where to go with the money. Now we have decided to help other charities, with SOS being our main benefactor.”last_img read more

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Buying Guide: Stabilizers for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

first_imgBeholder DS1 Handheld Stabilizer 3-Axis Brushless GimbalQuite the opposite of a vest stabilizer, the DS1 Handheld Stabilizer is small, compact, and easy to pick-up-and-go. It does offer two different stabilization modes that can easily be switched between for an endless variety of shots. The 3-axis gimbal is a slight notch below the Ronin but quite capable and easy to pick up. The motorized camera moves and adjustments keep the DS1 competitive with the top-of-the-line stabilizers and right above the non-motorized drop-off. Overall, the most intuitive option available.3-Axis Motorized GimbalSupports DSLRs Up to 3.7 lbSupports Mirrorless Up to 3.7 lbQuick Release BaseplateTool-Less Balance AdjustmentsTwo Stabilizing ModesMotorized Pan and Tilt AdjustmentUse Normal, Inverted, or BriefcaseIntegrated USB Port for Power3/8˝-16 Threaded Mounting HolePrice: $682.00 Steadicam SOLO Video Camera StabilizerSteadicam’s SOLO option is the most versatile of the bunch with its ability to convert into a monopod and optional arm and vest options. Its price point is below the premier stabilizing options, but the drop off for the majority of productions is minimal. The 3-axis gimbal is solid, but not motorized, and allows for a smooth array of motions. The counterweights may take a little bit to get used to, but once you find your ideal lens balances, you can work quite quickly. If versatility is your biggest factor, you can’t go wrong with the SOLO.Converts between Steadicam and Monopod3-Axis Gimbal10 lb Weight CapacityTelescopically Extends to Four SectionsIncludes QR Plate and CounterweightsFolds to a Portable 24˝Supports Optional Arm and VestPrice: $345.00 Glide Gear DNA 6001 Vest and Arm Stabilization SystemWhile the DJI Ronin might be the most versatile and pragmatic, the Glide Gear vest and arm stabilization system will be your most sturdy and reliable option. It’s not quite as expensive, but it’s still a bit pricey and packs a punch in its weight and set-up time. If you’re looking to upgrade to a bigger camera in the future, the sturdier vest stabilizers will be your best option — but for a DSLR or mirrorless, it might be a counterproductive luxury. Overall, it will give you the most confidence in your image stability with limited but secure motion.Load Capacity: 2 to 7 lbsStabilizer with Three-Axis GimbalEasy Release Camera PlateVest with Adjustable Chest PlateArm with Adjustable Tension KnobsArm Mounts on Left or Right SidePowder Coated Anodized AluminumCarrying Case for Vest & ArmCarrying Case for DNA 5050 StabilizerPrice: $689.00 Looking to purchase a stabilizer for your DSLR or mirrorless camera? Here’s a breakdown of your best options and price points to consider before you make your purchase.Top image via Der-SchweighoferUnless it’s your thematic intention, in today’s digital filmmaking landscape, there really is no excuse for shaky, unstable footage. Specifically with lightweight DSLRs and mirrorless cameras that don’t have hand mounts and are not suitable for shouldering, handheld shots with even the smallest amounts of movement can cause all types of problems.There’s only so much you want to do in post to fix these problems. So why not address them at the start by using a stabilizer — depending on what you’re trying to do, they can actually be quite affordable. If you’re ready to invest in yourself and your career, here are your buying options.DJI Ronin-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal StabilizerLet’s start with the one of the top sellers. The DJI Ronin-M comes in at a hefty price tag, but is really at the forefront of stabilization-for-filmmaking technology. It’s custom-designed for DSLR cameras with a lightweight and quiet build so you can operate for hours and record audio from your camera. The balancing is responsive and customizable and even offers second-party controls via remote. If you’re serious about your investment, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything better.Load Weight: 8lbsThree Operation Modes· Underslung Mode· Upright Mode· Briefcase ModeBuilt-in independent IMU moduleDJI Specialized Gimbal Drive Motors with EncodersBluetooth ModuleUSB ConnectionPrice: $1,369.00 Roxant Pro Video Camera StabilizerOne of the most affordable options on the market, the Roxant “pro style” stabilizer is an across-the-board solid option for lightweight cameras, iPhones and GoPros. It’s not nearly the beast that the top-of-the-line stabilizers like the DJI Ronin are, but in a pinch and in small-budget productions, it’s quite capable to keep your footage from looking handheld and shaky. The weights are adjustable for finding the right balance for your camera and the aerodynamic design is great for lots of jerky movements. If you’re looking for something quick and cheap, it can work wonders.For use with Point-and-Shoot, DSLRs, Video Cameras, GoPros, SmartphonesWeighs 1.8 lbHolds up to 2.1 lbComfort grip handle3 separate counterweights, for precise adjustmentsPrice: $64.95If you’re still too tight on budget to buy a stabilizer for your arsenal, you can always consider some DIY options as well. Here’s a roundup on DIY Camera Stabilizers and Rigs for Under $25 to check out.Have any other stabilizers you’d like to recommend? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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a month agoTammy Abraham: I want to be Chelsea legend

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tammy Abraham: I want to be Chelsea legendby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTammy Abraham is determined to become a Chelsea legend.The 21-year-old is making his mark at Stamford Bridge this season, with a hat-trick in Saturday’s win over Wolves taking his season total to 7 from five Premier League games.”I have grown up watching big stars playing in the Champions League, and to play in it myself would obviously be a dream,” he said.”Players like the gaffer [Frank Lampard], Didier Drogba and John Terry are great legends. They have been there and done it. I would like to follow the same path. “I am delighted to be scoring goals for a team I have grown up loving and have always wanted to play for. It is just an amazing feeling and hasn’t kicked in yet.”Hopefully this is the beginning of a great career at Chelsea. I’m living the dream and I need to keep it running.” last_img read more

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Health Facilities Must Be Accessible to All – Dr. Skyers

first_img “It is not enough to provide facilities for persons to access treatment, but it is equally important to make the facilities accessible to all regardless of who they are,” she said, while addressing a Symposium on HIV-related Legislation and Human Rights, organised by Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (July 10). Story Highlights The Ministry of Health is reiterating its commitment to ensuring that all its health facilities are customer-friendly and accessible to every Jamaican. Senior Medical Officer in the Ministry’s HIV/STI/TB Unit, Dr. Nicola Skyers, stressed that all Jamaicans should be able to utilise healthcare services without discrimination. The Ministry of Health is reiterating its commitment to ensuring that all its health facilities are customer-friendly and accessible to every Jamaican.Senior Medical Officer in the Ministry’s HIV/STI/TB Unit, Dr. Nicola Skyers, stressed that all Jamaicans should be able to utilise healthcare services without discrimination.“It is not enough to provide facilities for persons to access treatment, but it is equally important to make the facilities accessible to all regardless of who they are,” she said, while addressing a Symposium on HIV-related Legislation and Human Rights, organised by Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (July 10).Dr. Skyers also emphasised the importance of ensuring that those who work in these facilities offer the same quality services to all Jamaicans.“The Ministry remains committed to addressing any incident that demonstrates treatment that is below the standards that we have set,” she said.She noted that the symposium on destigmatising HIV and AIDS through legislative change is an important step in the right direction.“The Ministry endorses JASL’s efforts in removing stigma, as despite all the work that we have done with regards to stigma and discrimination, there are still groups that are heavily stigmatised and discriminated against in our country today,” she said.Quoting a study published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society in April 2017, Dr. Skyers pointed out that ‘stigma and discrimination’ was identified as the number-one barrier for young men who have sex with men and transgender women accessing HIV testing in Kingston.“These are two key populations with the highest HIV prevalence and, as such, it is incumbent on us to ensure that barriers to accessing services are reduced, if not totally eliminated, for them and for other key and vulnerable populations, inclusive of our adolescents,” she said.Meanwhile, Country Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Manoela Manova, praised Jamaica for having legislation in place to safeguard the rights of individuals.“Jamaica has the Constitution which actually provides all the rights to life, to liberty, to security. It’s the most important document that gives equal rights to every Jamaican,” she said.She also pointed to the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms that prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sex, place of origin, social class, colour and religion; and the National Workplace Policy on HIV/AIDS developed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, which includes specific provisions that ensure workers are not discriminated against based on their HIV status.Ms. Manova noted that despite these achievements, there is a concern that there is no comprehensive anti-discriminatory law, and that there is no human rights body that persons can access to seek redress for discrimination or human rights abuses.The Country Director further pointed out that the world has adopted the Global Sustainable Development agenda. One of the goals is the commitment to ending AIDS by 2030 as a public health threat. She noted that in order to achieve this, there has to be a rapid scaling up of HIV prevention, HIV testing and treatment, and committing to zero discrimination.“These are the three building blocks of what will help us bring the epidemic under control and end it as a public health threat,” she said.Held under the theme ‘Destigmatising HIV/AIDS through Legislative Change, the symposium involved discussion on the current legislative framework in place to protect and safeguard the human rights of persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.Among the key legislative issues discussed were criminalisation of HIV transmission and non-disclosure; abortion and HIV/AIDS; gender-based violence; Data Protection Act and HIV: Privacy and confidentiality, disclosure, partner notification; sexual harassment and rape; and adolescent access to contraceptives and sexual and reproductive health services.The symposium saw multisectoral participation from the Ministry of Health; Office of the Public Defender; international donor organizations UNAIDS, UN, UN Development Programme (UNDP), Global Fund; local and civil society organisations, Equality for All Foundation/J-FLAG, Eve for Life, National Family Planning Board/Sexual Health Authority, Sex Workers Association of Jamaica; and leading human rights activists.last_img read more