Verify people – DC Writers Way Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:23:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Verify people – DC Writers Way 32 32 Tigrayan forces accuse Eritrea of ​​launching a large-scale border offensive | Eritrea Tue, 20 Sep 2022 14:49:00 +0000

Forces in Ethiopia’s Tigray region said troops from neighboring Eritrea launched a “large-scale offensive” on Tuesday and heavy fighting continued in several areas along the border.

Reuters was unable to immediately verify the Twitter account of Getachew Reda, spokesman for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

The TPLF has been fighting the Ethiopian federal forces and their allies for nearly two years.

Eritrean troops entered Tigray to support the Ethiopian army after fighting broke out in November 2020 before withdrawing from most areas last year.

“Eritrea is deploying its entire army as well as reserves. Our forces are heroically defending their positions,” Getachew said.

Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

If confirmed, the offensive would mark an escalation in a war that has displaced millions and sparked a humanitarian disaster in northern Ethiopia.

Getachew said Ethiopian troops and special forces from the Amhara region also joined the offensive.

An Ethiopian government spokesman, Legesse Tulu, a military spokesman, Col. Getnet Adane, and the prime minister’s spokesman, Billene Seyoum, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Gizachew Muluneh, spokesman for the Amhara regional government, also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Saturday, the Canadian government warned that Eritrea was mobilizing armed forces due to renewed fighting in Tigray.

Yemane confirmed over the weekend that some reservists had been called up, but said the government was not mobilizing the entire population.

The conflict in Tigray resumed on August 24, breaking a ceasefire in place since March. Earlier this month, Tigrayan forces said they were ready for a ceasefire and would accept an African Union-led peace process.

Over 80 dead in border clashes between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan Sun, 18 Sep 2022 14:57:29 +0000

At least 81 people have been killed in clashes between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan this week, in the worst violence the countries have seen in years, as the international community appealed for calm.

The situation on the disputed border between the two Central Asian neighbors was calm on Sunday afternoon, however, according to Kyrgyz authorities.

Clashes regularly erupt between the two former Soviet republics, as around half of their 970-kilometre (600-mile) border has yet to be demarcated.

Tajikistan said on Sunday that 35 of its citizens had been killed, the first official toll since armed clashes erupted on Wednesday.

On its Facebook page, the Tajik Foreign Ministry also reported 25 injuries and said civilians, women and children were among the casualties.

The ministry accused Kyrgyz soldiers of killing 12 people in a drone strike on a mosque and six others in an attack on a school.

AFP was unable to independently verify the claims.

Meanwhile, Kyrgyzstan said on Sunday that at least 46 people died in the southern border region of Batken and 140 were injured.

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from Kyrgyz border regions in recent days, according to NGOs.

Kyrgyzstan has declared September 19 a day of national mourning.

“Sustainable ceasefire”

This toll far exceeds the figures for April 2021, when clashes left 50 dead and raised fears of a large-scale conflict.

The two sides agreed to a ceasefire on Friday and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon met his Kyrgyz counterpart Sadyr Japarov at a summit in Uzbekistan.

But the two countries swapped responsibility for ceasefire violations hours later.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called for “no further escalation” between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan during phone calls with leaders of Central Asian countries.

Putin also urged them to “take steps to resolve the situation as soon as possible by exclusively peaceful, political and diplomatic means”, according to a statement from the Kremlin.

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are both part of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), but they clash regularly.

However, the situation seems to be stabilizing.

On Sunday afternoon, the Kyrgyz authorities issued a statement indicating that the situation at the border “remains calm, tending towards stabilization”.

“There have been no recorded attempts at escalation or any shots fired at the border. The parties maintain their ceasefire agreement and withdraw their respective troops,” the statement added.

On Saturday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the leaders of both parties “to engage in dialogue for a lasting ceasefire”, a spokesman said.

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People’s Energy Cooperative issues scam alert – ABC 6 News Wed, 14 Sep 2022 22:01:11 +0000

(ABC 6 News) – On Wednesday, People’s Energy Cooperative (PEC) issued an alert to its members after receiving several scam reports.

In a press release, PEC said members reported receiving calls from a number that appeared to be from PEC, telling them they had been overcharged and requesting a credit card number over the phone for a refund.

The full press release reads as follows:

This afternoon, People’s Energy Cooperative (PEC) received several scam reports by phone. Members say they were told the Cooperative was overcharging them and that they would be reimbursed. However, to receive the refund, they had to share their credit card number over the phone. There were also reports that the co-op’s phone number was spoofed as it seemed to them the call was from the co-op.

PEC employees will never request banking or payment information from members over the phone. Member service representatives will only request information to identify who is a member. Payment information can only be accepted through our secure automated telephone system as well as through our online account management system, SmartHub.

Here are some reminders on how to take control of the situation when you are targeted by a scammer:
• Take your time: Utility scammers try to create a sense of urgency, so you will act quickly and share personal information, especially over the phone. Take a moment to think about the situation before you act.
• Beware: Scammers usually demand immediate payments via prepaid debit cards or third-party apps. Unusual requests like this should raise red flags. Remember that if the request seems strange and out of the ordinary, you are probably the target of a scammer.
• Confirm before you act: If you are contacted by someone claiming to represent People’s Energy or another utility but you are unsure, simply hang up the phone and call the utility directly. You can reach us at (800) 214-2694 to verify the situation.

About People’s Energy Cooperative
People’s Energy Cooperative is a member-owned electricity cooperative celebrating 85 years of providing retail electricity to its 19,000 consumer members in Olmsted, Dodge, Fillmore, Mower, Wabasha and Winona counties. People’s Energy Cooperative is a Touchstone Energy® cooperative and member-owner of the Dairyland Power electric cooperative system that generates and transmits reliable electric power in 62 counties in four states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois). People’s is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Trans and intersex people in Montana are now barred from changing birth certificates Mon, 12 Sep 2022 21:27:27 +0000

Montana has adopted one of the most draconian sets of birth certificate change rules in the country, effectively prohibiting trans and intersex people from altering these crucial documents to match their identity.

The Treasure State had previously enacted an “emergency rule” that changed the gender designation on birth certificates to “sex.” Montana Director of Public Health and Human Services Adam Meier claimed that the latter was “an immutable genetic fact, which is not modifiable, even by surgery”, in comments reported by The Associated Press in may.

Montana health officials made that rule permanent on Friday, according to the Montana Free Press. The rule states that the sex on an individual’s birth certificate can only be changed if it was listed incorrectly “as a result of an encryption error or data entry error”, or if the sex was initially “misidentified”. In either case, full documentation to change the gender on a birth certificate would be required, including “chromosomal, molecular, karyotypic, DNA, or genetic tests that identify the individual’s gender.” If that wasn’t clear enough, the rule also states that birth certificate changes “based on gender transition, gender identity or gender reassignment” are not permitted.

This is despite a judge issuing a preliminary injunction against a less restrictive birth certificate law, Senate Bill 280, earlier this year after the American Civil Liberties Union sued Montana for the to block. SB 280 would have required trans people to verify that their gender had been changed through a “surgical procedure” before they could change their birth certificate.

Advocates have spoken out against the rule, with Shawn Reagor, director of equality and economic justice at the Montana Human Rights Network, calling the policy “deeply troubling.”

“They went against the advice of physical and mental health experts, teachers, parents and concerned community members,” Reagor told the Free Press. “Montanese have made their will clear in the public consultation process, and the justification the Gianforte administration has given for flying in the face of that will can most generously be described as gaslighting and misleading.”

Local NBC affiliate KTVH reported in June that nearly 100 Montana residents voiced their opposition to the rule at a public hearing. Only two people expressed support for the rule. Montana resident Gwen Nicholson told KTVH that she feels her “civil rights have already been unduly curtailed.”

“The risk of discrimination and physical harm that I face in my life has been high,” Nicholson said.

These are risks faced by many trans people who have incompatible identity documents, which could represent about 34% of the trans population in the United States, according to a 2021 report from the Williams Institute. Trans people with inconsistent IDs have reported a variety of repercussions, ranging from inability to vote to denial of services or even physical or sexual assault.

This makes Montana the fourth state to completely prevent people from changing the gender marker on their birth certificate, alongside Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia, according to the Movement Advancement Project. 12 other states require proof of “sex reassignment surgery” in order to change the marker.

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State Santa’s Agency Returns Millions to Nebraskanians Downstairs Young and Old Sat, 10 Sep 2022 12:11:54 +0000

That’s a lot of money from an insurance policy. It is the bargaining chip for a bank error. It’s the treasure inside Grandma June’s abandoned safe.

Each state has a system for collecting and dispersing property owed to its citizens, required by consumer protection laws. Companies and banks report and transfer dropped funds, and Aguirre’s office publishes a list of lucky winners online and in 16 of the state’s largest newspapers.

Every county is represented in the 2022 full-size that landed on the doorstep of Omaha in Scottsbluff last spring. In Douglas county, 10 pages and thousands of names; in Arthur County, population 439, only one potential beneficiary. (Mr. Cone, if you’re there, the treasurer’s office has your money.)

Alongside the names of all these people, in very small print, are auto repair shops, bakeries, jewelry stores, cooperatives, hair salons, political campaigns, volunteer firefighters, non-profit organizations and companies.

The Shamrock Cattle Market. The Nebraska Trucking Association. The woman with the same name as my sister, who is (unfortunately) not my sister.

There’s Pete Ricketts for Governor Inc. There’s the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.

There’s my best friend Susan, who now has a $60 check coming her way and rewards me with a coffee date.

Unclaimed property is the Santa of state agencies. It does not increase your taxes and does not bother you to register your car.

It’s not the Powerball, but the chances of winning are much better.

The math: one in five Nebraskas.

Median payout: $95

“If you don’t have any unclaimed property, you probably know someone who does,” Aguirre says. “It’s your money; we are only the guardian.

Aguirre is in charge of seven employees in Lincoln and Omaha who verify claims, detect fraud, unearth heirs using databases and leather shoes, and share good news with postcards and letters to do. not throw away.

“If you get something from us,” Aguirre says, “it’s legit.”

The office has a much better success rate than Husker Football: 75% if they have a Cornhusker resident and a social security number their staff can work with.

This year, the Nebraskans have already been reunited with nearly $13 million, thanks to a $5 million investment account flagged as inactive by TD Ameritrade. (Turns out the owner knew he had it, but he hadn’t handled it in years and moved away, leaving potentially important letters from Ameritrade unanswered.)

It takes a payment of $50 to make the printed version. The division’s online database — — starts at $15. The Couch Cushion ($14.99 and under) category does not appear, but remains in the system until it can be added to a larger pot of money from a future accounting error or of a misplaced legacy from Great Uncle Al, who has always loved you the most.

Once you and your property make the list, you stay there for all eternity. Or until you, or an heir, finally claim what’s yours.

Right now, $200 million of our dollars are waiting.

Go ahead, Nebraska.


The Lincoln man was getting $65,000.

But he didn’t seem to care.

He ignored letters from the treasurer’s office.

He ignored phone calls.

“I couldn’t get it claimed, I couldn’t get it claimed,” said unclaimed property research specialist Mary Jones.

For 18 months, she kept calling. She put it on her calendar. Every Thursday, the manager of the man’s office said the same thing: she would relay the message.

What did Jones hear back? Crickets.

Then she noticed something new when switching to the Internet: the man and his wife were no longer registering vehicles together. The woman had a new address in Arizona.

“I was like, ‘Okay. I bet he’s ready to get the money now.

The newly divorced man was. “He finally filled out the paperwork and submitted the application.”

Jones is now working on another reluctant recipient. An Omaha man with $19,000 and change due to him, and a safe containing three silver bars.

“I tried to get him to come for years. It’s just not a priority for him. »

These are the outliers, says Jones. Most people – when they find out that Postcards and Letters aren’t a scam – are happy to find money they didn’t know they had lost.

Like the family who received $336,000 in life insurance benefits and investments after her mother died. “They were totally unaware of the existence of these funds.”

And the adult children who carried their mother’s casket in the back of a van to the morgue, but were able to pay her funeral expenses when a claim arose with their father’s name on it.

Jones loves his job – equal parts detective, clipboard and fairy godmother.

It’s the people, she said. Someone with a new baby or a shitty car, happy to hear they have money to make.

It was the Plattsmouth man who called last week to verify his claim – the proceeds of a forgotten life insurance policy.

“He thanked us and said the check would arrive in time to pay for his new dentures.”


Al Hagemeier had been on the list for years. “Someone told me they saw me there once, but the paperwork seemed too complicated.”

This year, with a little prompting from a Flatwater Free Press freelancer, the Garfield County retiree tried again. He made a phone call. Answered a few questions. He learned his name was on the list more than once, his wife Donita said. Verification was easy as pie.

After signing the papers, Hagemeier will get enough moola for a new tractor blade. “He’s pretty excited.”

Marcie Young was pretty excited when she found herself on the list several years ago.

“It was about $1,000,” Lincoln’s financial adviser said. “I was thunderstruck.”

She had forgotten that she had once had a credit card that deposited a percentage of purchases into a university fund. She spent her unexpected treasure, but not on her daughter’s school fees. “She didn’t end up going to college.”

Katherine Endacott made money in the 1970s after discovering that a high school friend’s father had bought a racehorse and put his name on the title. Both horse and father are dead — and Endacott’s share made its way from Kentucky to Nebraska’s unclaimed property division.

“I didn’t get rich,” Pleasant Dale’s wife said. “But it makes for a good cocktail story.”

The 2022 party includes: Chris Dinan, who landed $286 on an unclaimed 2014 paycheck from Arby’s. Tina Dykes, owed $342 for a dental overpayment.

Monica Kruger, pending $20.44 of unclaimed refund. Her daughter will soon be $102 richer. “From the Y, where she was a lifeguard.”

Kruger also discovered his mother-in-law, brother-in-law and a pair of friends in the online database.

“And I told them to check too.”

Julie Cook did her part of checking. Years ago, the Lincoln woman started scrolling through the list, looking for her name (never there). She was looking for friends, relatives, clients of her cleaning business. Foreigners.

At the time, the telephone book could serve as a detection tool.

“I called when I had a few extra minutes. I told them my name and that it was a hobby. They all seemed pleasantly surprised.

Once an older man discovered that he had to pay for insurance.

If I get a million dollars, I’ll look for you, he said.


Since the division was created by state law in 1969, it has united Nebraskanians with $240 million. Several million arrive electronically each year – most in November, when companies report. Then it returns to the Nebraskanians who claim it, a revolving door of funds that never comes to anything.

Each October, the department deposits most of what remains in the coffers into the Nebraska Continuing Schools Fund, which funds the “support and upkeep” of public schools. He has deposited an average of $12 million over the past four years.

And the cycle begins again.

“We always receive more than we transfer,” Aguirre said.

Including my 60 cents.

It’s fate?

If I really really want it – if I insist – I can have it, manager Aguirre said.


“We would spend more to send you this payment than it is worth.”

NBR launches digital system to verify tax returns Thu, 08 Sep 2022 13:45:38 +0000

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has launched a digital system to verify the authenticity of the tax return and speed up the delivery of services by the authorities concerned.

Its income tax wing officially opened the tax return verification module on August 21, officials said.

Anyone from all over the country can verify the authenticity of the declaration by inserting the taxpayer identification number (TIN) in the module, available on the BNR website.

In the current year’s budget, the government has made it mandatory to submit proof of tax return to obtain about 40 types of services in government and private entities.

Entities will need to check the tax return slip before providing services, in accordance with the Income Tax Order 1984.

In case of detection of false tax return slip by the taxpayers, the service providing entities may be liable to a fine of Tk 10 lakh.

However, many service providers found it difficult, after the adoption of the provision by the Finance Law-2022, to verify the tax return slip because they did not have access to the taxpayer database of the BNR, which is confidential in accordance with the income tax law. .

To address the difficulties, an NBR team developed the returns verification module in a custom way where an authentication slip would be generated, verifying the returns submission rather than disclosing other information, officials said.

The confidentiality of taxpayer information would not be affected by the verification process, they added.

The deadline for filing tax returns by individual taxpayers began on July 1 and is scheduled to end on November 30, 2022.

The tax return slip is mandatory for obtaining different services such as opening and continuing bank accounts and utility hookups.

Previously, the Bangladesh Bankers Association (BBA) had proposed the government to reconsider the tax measure on mandatory submission of tax return slips.

They wanted a gradual implementation of such measures to familiarize themselves with it.

Bankers said that relatives of remittance recipients living in rural areas of the country would face problems in withdrawing money or managing bank accounts as they have to obtain a tax declaration slip from the offices of the taxes after submitting their tax returns.

Tax experts said the tax authority needs to bolster its help or service centers to support taxpayers as millions of new taxpayers are expected to submit returns in the current fiscal year.

In the past fiscal year, a total of 2.4 million individual taxpayers submitted their tax returns out of more than 7 million TIN holders.

Previously, only the NIF was required to obtain various services.

People could use a TIN for years after obtaining it once from tax offices.

From now on, the tax declaration slip must be obtained each year after the declarations have been filed.

Proton pump inhibitors: should I continue to take this medication? Tue, 06 Sep 2022 14:30:00 +0000

The decision to withdraw or stop taking a proton pump inhibitor is a complex decision that you should discuss with your doctor.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a common type of antacid medication and are available by prescription and over the counter. Omeprazole and pantoprazole are examples of PPIs. They are the treatment of choice for several gastrointestinal disorders, such as peptic ulcer disease, esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease and H.pylori infection.

New guidelines from the American Gastroenterological Association have highlighted the need to address the appropriate use of PPIs, and they recommend that PPIs be taken at the lowest dose and shortest duration for the condition. treated. However, PPIs are frequently overused and may be taken longer than necessary. This can happen unintentionally; for example, if the drug was started while the patient was hospitalized, or if it was started as a trial to see if a patient’s symptoms would improve, and then continued beyond the necessary period.

Who should use PPIs in the short term?

There are a variety of reasons for using PPI in the short term. For example, PPIs are usually prescribed for one to two weeks to treat H.pylori infection, in addition to antibiotics. A four- to 12-week course of PPIs may be prescribed for people with ulcers in the stomach or small intestine, or for inflammation of the esophagus.

People may also be prescribed a short course of PPIs for acid reflux or abdominal pain (dyspepsia) symptoms and for symptom relief while doctors perform tests to determine the cause of abdominal pain. People may be able to switch to a lower dose of PPIs or stop treatment altogether if their symptoms improve or they have finished treatment.

Who should be on PPI long term?

Some patients with specific conditions may need to be on PPIs long term, and they should discuss their condition and unique treatment plan with their doctor. Some conditions that may require longer-term use of PPIs include:

  • severe esophagitis, eosinophilic esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal strictures or idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • acid reflux
  • dyspepsia or upper airway symptoms that improve with PPI use but worsen when PPIs are stopped
  • people with a history of upper gastrointestinal bleeding from gastric and duodenal peptic ulcers may need to be on long-term PPIs to prevent recurrences.

What are the side effects of PPIs?

Any medicine can cause side effects. Fortunately, adverse effects of PPIs are generally rare. However, these drugs have been associated with an increased risk of certain infections (such as pneumonia and It’s hard). Previously, there was concern that the use of PPIs was linked to dementia, but new studies have contradicted this association.

Additionally, although rare, PPIs can also cause drug interactions with other medications. For example, PPIs can affect the levels and potency of certain drugs, such as clopidogrel (Plavix), warfarin (Coumadin), and some antiepileptic and anti-HIV drugs, sometimes requiring dosage adjustments of these drugs. Therefore, it is important to let the team of health care providers managing your medications know when a new medication has been added to your list or if a medication has been discontinued.

How can I work with my doctor to stop taking PPIs?

Some patients are prescribed PPIs twice a day in an acute situation, for example to prevent re-bleeding from stomach ulcers or if a patient has severe symptoms of acid reflux. If there is no longer a reason to take PPIs twice a day, you may be reduced to once a day. To stop a PPI, your doctor may decide to taper the medicine gradually, for example by decreasing the dose by 50% each week until it is stopped.

How might I feel if my doctor suggests I stop taking a PPI?

Studies have shown that in patients using PPIs long-term, there may be a rebound in gastric acid secretion and an increase in upper gastrointestinal symptoms upon discontinuation of PPIs. However, another type of antacid medicine (such as an H2 antagonist like famotidine or a contact antacid medicine containing calcium carbonate like TUMS) may be used for temporary relief. If a patient has more than two months of severe persistent symptoms after stopping a PPI, this may be a reason to restart PPI treatment.

What steps should I follow next?

It is important to regularly discuss your medication list and concerns with your primary care physician. The decision to withdraw or stop a PPI is complex, and for your safety, you should check with your doctor before adjusting your PPI dose. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that you only take the medications necessary to maximize benefits and minimize side effects.

People experiencing homelessness have lower incidence of COVID-19 than the general population Fri, 02 Sep 2022 13:18:15 +0000 The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on people experiencing homelessness, although estimates remain unknown and highlight the need for more inclusive data.

According to a cross-sectional study published in JAMA. The researchers assessed the primary outcomes for the number of PEH COVID-19 cases and compared the incidence rates of COVID-19 cases between PEH and the general population of a shared geographic area.

Although PEH experienced these lower rates, the results show that PEH should be considered in future infectious disease surveillance to understand how it affects marginalized groups, according to the investigators.

“The findings suggest that there are opportunities to integrate housing and homelessness status into infectious disease reporting to inform public health decision-making,” said Ashley Meehan, head of the study, in a press release.

According to the study, PEHs are at a greater risk of contracting infectious diseases, having behavioral health problems and dealing with chronic health problems. The crowds and turnover of homeless shelters create an environment conducive to the spread of COVID-19. Although homeless shelters experienced severe outbreaks of COVID-19 in the first 6 months, researchers still do not fully understand the impact of the disease on CAP.

Limited high-quality, timely data on the total number of COVID-19 cases among PEHs led the researchers to conduct a cross-sectional study. The study authors aimed to estimate the number of COVID-19 cases among PEH and compare the incidence rate with the general population to better inform recommendations for prevention and care for this population.

The researchers collected data for a population-based sample of 64 U.S. jurisdictional health departments. A total of 25 states, districts and territories responded to the survey, which was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between January 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021. They surveyed a wide range of diverse racial groups and ethnic. The white PEH constituted the majority, followed by the black PEH.

State and district level survey results reported 26,349 cases of COVID-19 among PEHs. Locally, 20,487 cases of COVID-19 have been reported.

The statewide incidence rate of COVID-19 cases in PEH was 567 per 10,000 person-years. The general population has experienced 715 cases of COVID-19 per 10,000 person-years.

Locally, the incidence rate of COVID-19 is slightly higher at 799 per 10,000 person-years in PEH versus 812 per 10,000 person-years in the general population.

About 50% of US states have collected PEH data. This is a limited representation for all US geographies and does not account for the total number of PEHs. The study was also limited by duration of homelessness, ability to verify homelessness status, data viability, and seasonal/climatic impact on COVID-19 cases.

The findings further establish that future studies could be conducted to identify different degrees of homelessness, what individuals define as homelessness and how this population may impact future public health services, the authors say. of the study.

“The integration of these data systems can ease the burden on health services of collecting housing or homelessness information during case investigations or interviews and would further support data modernization initiatives in course,” the authors concluded in the review.


Meehan, Ashley, Thomas, Isabel, Horter, Libby, et al. Incidence of COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness in the United States from January 2020 to November 2021. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(8):e2227248. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.27248. August 18, 2022. Accessed August 19, 2022.

More People Are Now Eligible for the Monkeypox Vaccine – Official Arlington County Virginia Government Website Wed, 31 Aug 2022 20:40:40 +0000

Posted on August 31, 2022

The Arlington County Public Health Division (ACPHD) has expanded eligibility for the monkeypox virus vaccine and launched a new appointment request process.

The expanded vaccine eligibility aligns with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) criteria and now includes Virginia residents of all ages, sexual orientations, or backgrounds. sex, who meet one of the following conditions:

  • Having had anonymous or multiple sexual partners (more than one) in the past two weeks; WHERE
  • are a sex worker; WHERE
  • You are a staff member of an establishment where sexual activities take place (public baths, saunas, sex clubs, etc.)

The criteria for being vaccinated may be updated in the future.

Close contacts of known cases continue to be eligible and prioritized for monkeypox vaccine.

ACPHD has also launched a more streamlined process for requesting an appointment for a first dose of the monkeypox vaccine. Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria can request an appointment by visiting ACPHD will review all requests to verify eligibility before confirming the appointment.

Starting this week, ACPHD also began administering the monkeypox vaccine using the intradermal (between layers of skin) method and dose according to federal and VDH guidelines. People 18 years of age or older who received their first dose of JYNNEOS by the subcutaneous (under the skin) method will receive their second dose by the intradermal method to complete their series of vaccinations.

Monkeypox is a contagious rash caused by the monkeypox virus. In most cases, it resolves without treatment. It is transmitted through close contact with an infected person. Close contact includes contact with broken skin, bodily fluids, or clothing or linens that have been in contact with an infected person. Spread can also occur with prolonged face-to-face contact.

Although anyone can get monkeypox if they come in close contact with someone infected with the virus, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, many of those affected by the current global outbreak are gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men. People with monkeypox in the current outbreak generally report having close and sustained contact with other people with monkeypox.

Currently, the high risk activity has sex with multiple or anonymous partners. Avoiding these activities greatly reduces the risk of catching or spreading monkeypox. Monkeypox does not spread from person to person by passing an infected person or through casual conversation with an infected person.

If someone has a new or unexpected rash or sores, they should work with their healthcare provider to determine the cause. Healthcare providers in Arlington can visit ACPHD’s Monkeypox for Healthcare Providers website for more information and how to contact us if they have questions.

For the latest information on monkeypox and the vaccine, please visit the ACPHD website and the VDH and CDC websites.

Binance Aus Steps Up Measures to Protect Vulnerable Users, Says CEO Tue, 30 Aug 2022 05:05:23 +0000

Binance Australia is strengthening its onboarding process for new users as part of a campaign to protect users flagged as most vulnerable to financial cryptocurrency.

The new measures were mentioned in Binance Australia’s June quarter economic, social and governance (ESG) report on August 29, which noted that the exchange was working on a “strict user-centric onboarding experience ” intended for groups with a higher occurrence. financial crime.

Speaking to Cointelegraph, Leigh Travers, CEO of Binance Aus, and Zachary Lu of the exchange’s Financial Crime, Risk and Compliance unit, noted that the company is actively working on ways to protect “vulnerable users” – this which begins with the integration process.

“From a financial management perspective as a whole, we really look at it end-to-end and also from the perspective of the whole circle of life,” Lu said.

“We look at three main areas: onboarding, mid-life and end-of-life [the point of time in which someone is scammed].”

Lu pointed out that the general type of people Binance has flagged as vulnerable users are the elderly, people living in remote areas, or people with disabilities. These findings are the result of collaboration with various government and research agencies focused on financial crime, he added.

The duo pointed out that the company pays particular attention to investment scams, in which criminals promise outsized returns on investments to trick people into sending them money.

This type of scam has cost Australians millions of crypto dollars, with a recent report from Scamwatch estimating that $25 million was lost in the first half of 2021 due to bogus investment plans.

“There are 500 different scams out there, but investment scams are always on top. So to be honest, it’s not exclusive to crypto scams, but investment scams have ranked number one for a very long time. , a very long time,” Lu noted.

To determine the extent of a new user’s crypto knowledge and to determine if they were tricked by a bad actor into signing up under false pretences, the company recently rolled out a Know Your Customer quiz ( KYC) which allows him to report any potentially suspicious activity.

“So in terms of the data there, it has only recently been implemented. So we don’t have some sort of analysis of how this is going to end. But this group of users was several times more likely to fall victim to these types of scams. »

To complete his point, Travers suggested that a high number of “vulnerable” users typically fall victim to scams within the “first seven-day window” of onboarding.

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Starting September 1, Binance Aus will incorporate stricter identification requirements as part of the user onboarding process. So the company will ask new users to provide a photo of their driver’s license and number at the time of registration, instead of allowing it to be submitted at a later date.

This will be introduced to allow Binance to quickly verify the legitimacy of identity documents as part of the onboarding process, identify a vulnerable user, and also help flag if someone might be registering under a coin. stolen identity.