… Despite Liberia’s assertion of diplomatic immunity for the two officials, Korea has, through diplomatic channels, rejected all claims of immunity,The criminal trial of two employees of the Liberia Maritime Authority over alleged sexual assaults of minors in South Korea begins today. The two officials were in South Korea representing Liberia at a training seminar, organized by the International Maritime Organization. They are expected to serve a jail term of fewer than seven years, according to South Korean law. Statutory rape, according to South Korean Law, occurs when an individual has consensual sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 20 in South Korean age. “The Liberian legal team remains engaged with Pureum Law Office to ensure that the two officials receive adequate legal representation throughout the trial of this case.
Charles Gibson, said his office continues to receive too many complaints of the ill-treatment of Liberian women in Oman, including sexual abuse, demand for ransoms, brutality, disappearances, false imprisonment, and unpaid salaries, which amount to modern-day slavery. He also promised to have the Omani security forces focus more on protecting Liberian ladies in Oman. He alluded to the inflows of Liberian women to Oman despite the visa ban on those women transiting through third countries and using foreign travel documents to enter Oman. Meanwhile, it was agreed that modalities would be worked out to ensure that the Liberian delegation visits Oman in the middle of February (next month). The Zoom meeting was facilitated by Liberia's Foreign Minister, who is himself a member of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce.18 days ago Liberian Observer
For six seasons of 9-1-1, Tracie Thoms has played Karen Wilson, the loving and supportive scientist wife of firefighter-paramedic Henrietta “Hen” Wilson (Aisha Hinds), with whom she shares a son named Denny (Declan Pratt). I’m in the middle of an emergency!’ Which is what I’ve always wanted,” Thoms admitted. “[This episode] really tells the story of how firefighters put themselves in harm’s way and how life is precious. What was it like to be part of a 9-1-1 emergency for the first time? “Okay, you have 20 minutes [to convince me this is a good idea],” and watching [Karen’s] façade crack a little bit and seeing how they began was really, really fun to explore.3 months ago Observer
One in three women globally will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization. Condliffe claims it is the world’s biggest location-based set of sexual assault data. As a sexual assault and domestic violence survivor, she said she found solace in sharing her story. Some sexual assault experts question the data’s validity and how useful it can be to policy-makers. Survivors can report incidents like domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as coercion, catcalling and groping, among others.1 month ago Observer
After Mark Zuckerberg pledged to keep sinking billions into an unproven Metaverse, the market revolted on Wednesday (October 26). It’s lost more than $700 billion in market cap and Zuckerberg’s lost $100 million of his personal fortune. But Zuckerberg’s program—unlike that of the erstwhile British PM—is funded, backed by the proceeds of a profitable, high-margin ad business that won’t force him to quit. “These are going to end up being very important investments for the future of our business,” Zuckerberg told analysts Wednesday. And as long as Meta is profitable, he can keep investing its profits into his wild, if controversial, experiment.3 months ago Observer
A chatbot that meets the hype is finally here. I’ve already had ChatGPT write a full-length version of this article, with a much darker outlook. Others are similarly using ChatGPT to help stretch their minds before presentations and writing. That said, we’ve come a long way from the early days of the Chatbot hype wave. This opens the door for a new wave of chatbot innovation, perhaps the kind many hoped for but failed to materialize.1 month ago Observer
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 officially kicks off today (Jan. 5) in Las Vegas and will run through Jan. 8 with more than 2,000 companies from the world showing off their latest inventions and ideas. Products on display include electric cars powered by batteries, hydrogen fuel cells and solar energy; electric boats; self-driving tractors and more. Chinese exhibitors return to CESChinese companies were a huge part of CES before the pandemic, especially in television, wearable and smart-home categories. Home appliance brands TCL, Hisense and Konka are among those on the CES exhibitors list, and many brands will be presenting through their U.S. subsidiaries, Kelley said. BMW CEO Zipse touted an electric concept car called Dee (short for “Digital Emotional Experience,”) and then invited Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger on to the stage.25 days ago Observer
A number of prominent liberal Twitter accounts, including that of Dean Baker, a left-leaning economist who co-founded the Center for Economic and Policy Research, were suspended for spam after criticizing Elon Musk. Baker’s account was banned on Dec. 1 for violating “rules against platform manipulation and spam”, according to an email he received from the company. “Baker’s disturbing, temporary suspension follows the removal of some Twitter accounts in recent days that have criticized the company’s new owner, billionaire Elon Musk,” said the think tank in a statement. Lawrence has been a prominent critic of Musk through his Twitter account, which has 64,000 followers. im back baby https://t.co/Xq7FWdvZJk — Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) December 1, 2022Other left-leaning accounts remain suspended after being banned earlier this week, as reported by the Intercept.2 months ago Observer