Anti-Bullying Foundation begins U.S. tour

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Lady Gaga to Launch Anti-Bullying Foundation Today

By Nick Visser

Born this Way Bus
The Born This Way Foundation bus.

Lady Gaga and her mother are set to launch their national anti-bullying effort today, the Born This Way Foundation, at Harvard University.

Led by Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, the foundation hopes to combat intolerance while promoting a “braver, kinder world,” with a focus on positive change that embraces difference.

From the organization’s Facebook page:

The non-profit charitable organization will lead youth into a braver new society where each individual is accepted and loved as the person they were born to be. BTWF will focus on youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilize digital mobilization as one of the means to create positive change.

“My mother and I have initiated a passion project. We call it the Born This Way Foundation. Together we hope to establish a standard of Bravery and Kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment,” Lady Gaga said.

The foundation’s Born Brave Bus will follow Gaga’s own around the country during the North American leg of her upcoming Born This Way Ball tour.

North Korea and U.S. diplomats meet to stop nuclear tests

North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium, IAEA inspections

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) visits a unit under the Command of the Korean People's Army 4th Corps stationed in the southwestern sector of North Korea, in this undated picture released by the North's KCNA in Pyongyang February 26, 2012. KCNA said Kim inspected the 1st and 4th Battalions under the KPA Unit 403 stationed in the forefront area. REUTERS/KCNA

By Andrew Quinn

(Reuters) – North Korea agreed on Wednesday to stop nuclear tests, uranium enrichment and long-range missile launches, and to allow nuclear inspectors to visit its Yongbyon nuclear complex to verify the moratorium has been enforced.

The breakthrough, announced simultaneously by the U.S. State Department and North Korea’s official news agency, paves the way for a resumption of six-party disarmament negotiations with Pyongyang and follows talks between U.S. and North Korean diplomats in Beijing last week.

It also appears to mark a significant policy shift by North Korea’s reclusive leadership following the death in December of veteran leader Kim Jong-il – although analysts cautioned that Pyongyang has backtracked repeatedly on past deals.

“The DPRK, upon request by the U.S. and with a view to maintaining positive atmosphere for the DPRK-U.S. high-level talks, agreed to a moratorium on nuclear tests, long-range missile launches, and uranium enrichment activity at Yongbyon and allow the IAEA to monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment while productive dialogues continue,” North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said.

North Korea is known formally as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The State Department said that in return the United States was ready to go ahead with a proposed 240,000 metric-ton food aid package requested by North Korea and that more aid could be agreed to based on continued need.

“Today’s announcement represents a modest first step in the right direction,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a Congressional panel on Wednesday, noting that Washington continued to have profound concerns over a range of North Korean activities.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which withdrew its inspectors from North Korea in 2009, said it was ready to return, calling the moratorium deal “an important step forward.”

South Korea and Japan both welcomed the announcement, with the Foreign Ministry in Seoul saying it could form the basis for a broader agreement on North Korea’s nuclear program.

“It is our assessment that the basis has been set for moving forward on our efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue in a comprehensive and fundamental manner,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Buyung-jae said in a statement.

IMPROVING TIES?

As part of the deal, Washington reaffirmed that it did not have hostile intentions toward North Korea and was prepared to take steps to improve bilateral ties and increase people-to-people exchanges.

The surprise announcement was a step forward for Washington’s campaign to rein in renegade nuclear programs around the world and comes as the Obama administration steps up pressure onIran over its nuclear ambitions, which western governments fear are aimed at producing nuclear weapons.

Analysts called the deal an important preliminary step and said the return of IAEA inspectors would give the international community an important window into North Korea’s nuclear work.

“This puts an element of control back on the North Koreans’ nuclear development program as well as their existing capabilities that we have not had for almost four years,” said Jack Pritchard, a former U.S. negotiator with North Korea who heads the Korea Economic Institute.

But Pritchard said he believed it was unlikely that Pyongyang’s young and untested new leader Kim Jong-un was ready to comply with demands that he scrap the entire nuclear program.

“How does a 28-year-old give up the only legitimate piece of leverage that he has in dealing with the superpowers to preserve the survivability of his regime? He’s not going to do that,” Pritchard said.

NEW LEADER AT THE TOP

The announcement followed talks between the United States and with North Korea last week in Beijing, the first such meeting since Kim Jong-un succeeded his father as leader of the communist state two months ago.

North Korea agreed to curtail its nuclear activities under a an aid-for-denuclearization agreement reached in September 2005 by six-party talks bringing together North and South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the United States.

Under the agreement, the North agreed to abandon its nuclear programs in exchange for economic and diplomatic incentives to be provided by the other parties involved in the negotiations.

But the embryonic deal was never fully implemented.

Instead, the North held two nuclear test blasts — in 2006 and 2009 — and later disclosed a uranium enrichment program, giving it a second path to obtaining fissile material for bombs, in addition to its long-standing program of producing plutonium.

The United States, South Korea and their allies had been skeptical of North Korea’s assertions that it stands ready to return to the six-party talks, and said they would insist on demonstrable evidence of Pyongyang’s willingness to denuclearize before any such talks could resume.

Victor Cha, a Korea expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said it could be some time before the IAEA inspectors are back in the ground in North Korea.

“I think it is going to be a tortuous process of synchronizing the shipment of the food aid with the arrival of the IAEA inspectors,” Cha said.

“That’s the way the North Koreans like to do things, and it could get drawn out for a very long time.”

Costa Cruises Ship Disabled at Sea

Disabled Italian cruise ship slowly nearing Seychelles

By Dan Rivers, CNN

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Crippled ship being towed to land

Port Victoria, Seychelles (CNN) — The cruise ship Costa Allegra, disabled two days ago by an engine room fire, is due to arrive in the Seychelles Thursday, Costa Cruises said Wednesday.

Passengers and crew will be put on planes and sent home almost immediately, the Indian Ocean nation’s tourism chief said.

Costa Cruises said it had secured 600 plane tickets and 400 hotel rooms.

There are more than 1,000 people on the Allegra.

Costa Cruises suffers new crisis

With power out, they are using mineral water for washing, Costa said. They have a supply of cold food including fruit, cheese and cold cuts, and fresh bread is being flown to the ship by helicopter, the company said.

A large French fishing ship began towing the liner to port on Tuesday.

A Seychelles Coast Guard ship reached the Costa Allegra later in the day, along with two tugboats from the Seychelles Ports Authority, said Seychelles presidential spokeswoman Srdjana Janosevic. The ship was being escorted to Port Victoria, the Seychelles capital, she said.

The Allegra lost power in the Indian Ocean Monday with 636 passengers on board and a crew of 413, according to Costa Cruises. Most of the passengers are from Europe, but eight are from the United States and 13 are from Canada.

Costa initially said Tuesday the ship was expected to arrive Wednesday at the Seychelles island of Desroches, but said later that after “extensive and accurate checks,” passengers could not get off on Desroches.

The ship is instead being towed to the Seychelles island of Mahe, where Port Victoria is located, the cruise line said.

“The disembarkation in Desroches does not assure the necessary and adequate security conditions for mooring the ship and guests’ disembarkation,” the cruise line said in a statement. “In addition, logistics and hotels on the island are not enough; it would require an immediate transfer from Desroches to Mahe through ferries.”

The ship departed from Diego Suarez, Madagascar, on Saturday and was originally scheduled to arrive in the Seychelles Tuesday.

The Allegra is a fleet mate of the Costa Concordia, which wrecked off the coast of Italy on January 13, killing at least 21 people

Costa Cruises Ship Disabled at Sea

Disabled Italian cruise ship slowly nearing Seychelles

By Dan Rivers, CNN

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Crippled ship being towed to land

Port Victoria, Seychelles (CNN) — The cruise ship Costa Allegra, disabled two days ago by an engine room fire, is due to arrive in the Seychelles Thursday, Costa Cruises said Wednesday.

Passengers and crew will be put on planes and sent home almost immediately, the Indian Ocean nation’s tourism chief said.

Costa Cruises said it had secured 600 plane tickets and 400 hotel rooms.

There are more than 1,000 people on the Allegra.

Costa Cruises suffers new crisis

With power out, they are using mineral water for washing, Costa said. They have a supply of cold food including fruit, cheese and cold cuts, and fresh bread is being flown to the ship by helicopter, the company said.

A large French fishing ship began towing the liner to port on Tuesday.

A Seychelles Coast Guard ship reached the Costa Allegra later in the day, along with two tugboats from the Seychelles Ports Authority, said Seychelles presidential spokeswoman Srdjana Janosevic. The ship was being escorted to Port Victoria, the Seychelles capital, she said.

The Allegra lost power in the Indian Ocean Monday with 636 passengers on board and a crew of 413, according to Costa Cruises. Most of the passengers are from Europe, but eight are from the United States and 13 are from Canada.

Costa initially said Tuesday the ship was expected to arrive Wednesday at the Seychelles island of Desroches, but said later that after “extensive and accurate checks,” passengers could not get off on Desroches.

The ship is instead being towed to the Seychelles island of Mahe, where Port Victoria is located, the cruise line said.

“The disembarkation in Desroches does not assure the necessary and adequate security conditions for mooring the ship and guests’ disembarkation,” the cruise line said in a statement. “In addition, logistics and hotels on the island are not enough; it would require an immediate transfer from Desroches to Mahe through ferries.”

The ship departed from Diego Suarez, Madagascar, on Saturday and was originally scheduled to arrive in the Seychelles Tuesday.

The Allegra is a fleet mate of the Costa Concordia, which wrecked off the coast of Italy on January 13, killing at least 21 people

25 International hack team apprehended

Interpol arrests suspected ‘Anonymous’ hackers

By Hilary Whiteman, CNN
A masked member of 'Anonymous' hacks the French presidential Elysee Palace website in this photo dated January 20, 2012.
A masked member of ‘Anonymous’ hacks the French presidential Elysee Palace website in this photo dated January 20, 2012.

(CNN) — Police in Europe and South America have arrested 25 alleged members of the “Anonymous” hacking group, Interpol said, amid a suspected attack on its own website by the group’s supporters.

The arrests include four people in Spain, 10 in Argentina, six in Chile and five in Colombia as part of a worldwide sweep carried out as part of Interpol operation “Exposure.”

Interpol did not immediately announce charges against the 25.

After Interpol announced the attacks, its website failed to load, a fact acknowledged by Anonymous on Twitter with the message “interpol.int DOWN.”

The Spanish police website also failed to load after it announced police had arrested four people in the country as part of the international action.

‘Hacktivist’ group Anonymous strikes back

Spanish police said the four suspects were accused of carrying out denial of service attacks, defacing the websites of political parties, institutions and companies, as well as publishing personal information relating to high-profile figures.

One of those arrested was a 16-year-old girl, who was allegedly part of international “sector 404,” a hacking group which is believed to be linked to the attacks claimed by Anonymous. Police said the girl had been released to the custody of her parents.

Two of the others had been detained, while the third was released on bail, police said.

Anonymous made headlines in 2010 when it carried out distributed denial of service or DDOS attacks targeting MasterCard, Visa and PayPal websites.

DDOS is a kind of network stress test in which each attacker gives consent to have his or her computer linked to a bot net. The force of all those computers working together, focused on one site, overwhelms the targeted site’s server and consequently disrupts or takes the site down.

At the time, Anonymous claimed that it was lashing out at the corporations because they had stopped doing business with WikiLeaks, the publisher huge tranches of confidential information under the leadership of founder and editor Julian Assange.

Since then, the group has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks, notably claiming that it attacked government websites in Tunisia and Egypt as a way to show support for protesters during Arab Spring uprisings.

A video — laced with Anonymous’ typical computer-voiceover — appeared online during the January 2011 revolution. It threatened Egyptian authorities if they attempted to censor Internet access and other freedoms.

“Anonymous is you. You will not be denied your right to free speech, free press, free association and your universal right to freely access information both in real life and on the Internet,” the voice said.

Anonymous had a hand in organizing and agitating in the Occupy movement throughout 2011. Protesters have been seen at Occupy demonstrations across the globe wearing Anonymous’ distinctive Guy Fawkes mask.

This year, the group claimed to have posted an internal FBI conference call discussing investigations into Anonymous. It also posted e-mails that it claimed were from an adviser to the Syrian president, suggesting how Bashar al-Assad could downplay violence in the country when he was interviewed by Barbara Walters last summer.

“Newport Beach spinal surgeon attempts to “buy his way” to favorable reviews

Evidence continues to pile against Dr. Tony Mork AKA DR. Anthony Mork.

Money cannot buy everything, not even good reviews from websites that specialize in the review game.

This is especially true on Doctor rating and review sites. When doctors have a continual habit to perform questionable practices even if not true, perception is reality in most cases, especially on a information highway such as the internet. What has become a review website game among users, advertisers, and businesses, has become a focus of this doctor.   However, it is hard to overlook the compounding reviews that all point in a similar direction.

IJRNews has been investigating Dr. Tony Mork AKA Anthony Mork, a Newport Beach spinal surgeon, for the last month,and has uncovered many patterns.

Dr. Mork MD,  who recently transferred his business  from Florida where many internet users claim was the start of his downfall. After numerous self-posted articles on IJRNews website, IJRNews decided to investigate the claims. After countless review testimonies and no return calls by Dr. Mork’s office, we found an abundance of similarity in many of the patient reviews.

The most disturbing feedback that we uncovered was that by a web specialist who showed the IJRNews staff how they described of how Dr. Mork was paying to advertise with various review websites to get on top of the same review websites were Dr. Mork had complaints. Because of the recent class action lawsuits against review websites, such as Yelp,  websites cannot remove bad reviews once posted until they naturally fall off the radar. That is the way it is supposed to be, although not always observed.

IJRNews asks that if anyone else has comments or testimonials whether good, bad or indifferent regarding Dr. Tony Mork or Dr. Anthony Mork, a Newport Beach spinal surgeon, please contact us or leave your comments. We appreciated and want to share the information gathered from our readers to inform the readers of vital information prior to going under any surgical procedures.

“Newport Beach spinal surgeon attempts to “buy his way” to favorable reviews

 

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This article was originally submitted by readers regarding repeated reports investigated by various internet sources and IJR staff about Dr. Tony Mork (Anthony Mork), we welcomed any comments that either supported or disputed these already heavily reported accusations.

 

IJRNews orignially asked that if anyone else had comments or testimonials whether good, bad or indifferent regarding Dr. Tony Mork or Dr. Anthony Mork, a Newport Beach spinal surgeon, to please contact us or leave your comments. We appreciated and want to share the information gathered from our readers to inform the readers of vital information prior to going under any surgical procedures.

Because of the nature of this request by Doctor Anthony Morks attorney we simply suggest that readers Google “DR. Anthony Mork Reviews and establish their own opinion of respective reviews.

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Harvard refuses honorary degrees to past gay students expelled

Harvard showdown: No posthumous degrees for expelled gay students

Lady GagaA group of students and faculty members is planning a rally at Harvard University on Wednesday during a campus visit by Lady Gaga, who will be at the school to launch her Born This Way anti-bullying foundation. (Peter Kramer / Associated Press)
Harvard University isn’t backing down — and neither is Their Day in the Yard. 

The group of Harvard students, alumni and faculty has been urging the Ivy League school to award honorary posthumous degrees to seven students expelled more than 90 years ago for being gay or for being perceived as gay. On Tuesday, the university rejected the request, the Associated Press reported.

The school said it does not typically award posthumous degrees except in the rare case of a student who completes academic requirements but dies before the degree has been conferred, a spokesman told the AP.

A message left with a school spokesperson by The Times on Tuesday was not immediately returned.

But the university’s decision is not deterring Their Day in the Yard, which plans to present Harvard President Drew Faust with a petitionmaking its case.

So far, the group has collected almost 3,000 signatures and plans a demonstration at the school on Wednesday — the same day and location chosen by pop singer and provocateurLady Gaga for the kickoff of her Born This Way Foundation, an anti-bullying effort.

Their Day was founded by an alumna of the Harvard Extension School who has thus far chosen to remain anonymous. The group says it’s pressing for “honorary degrees” because they’re easier to grant.

Their Day in the Yard was founded in 2010 after it became known that Harvard’s so-called Secret Court, composed of university administrators, had expelled nine students in 1920 for being gay or for being perceived as  gay. The panel reportedly interrogated suspected students about their sexual orientation, according to the group’s website.

Details of the inquisition-style court were first reported in 2002 by the student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson. The report relied, in part, on hundreds of pages released by the university’s archive.

Two of the expelled nine were later readmitted.

All-Star game was nothing nice to Kobe

Bryant has concussion to go with broken nose from All-Star game

Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant
Dwyane Wade (left) said he apologized to Kobe Bryant for the All-Star game foul.
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Kobe Bryant has a concussion in addition to the broken nose he sustained in the All-Star game.

The Los Angeles Lakers say Bryant saw a neurologist on Tuesday and he diagnosed the concussion. The All-Star guard will see Dr. Vern Williams again on Wednesday, and his status for that night’s home game against Minnesota is day-to-day.

Bryant was first examined Tuesday by an ear, nose and throat specialist, who confirmed his broken nose and referred him to Williams.

Bryant was injured during Sunday night’s game in Orlando, Fla. He was struck by Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, who said Tuesday that he has apologized to Bryant for breaking his nose.

Dominicans return home after 2010 quake to misery

Citizens of Dominican Republic return home after quake

By Ross Velton, for CNN
The end of the journey back to Haiti from the Dominican Republic marks a new start for these returnees.
The end of the journey back to Haiti from the Dominican Republic marks a new start for these returnees.

Pedernales, Dominican Republic (CNN) — “I walked for three days through the jungle to get here.”

And what did Masselot Jean find when his hard trek from the poverty of Haiti to the relative riches of the Dominican Republic was over?

“I came to the Dominican Republic for a better life, but all I found was the same misery.”

On a good day, he might get a dollar or two richer working on a farm from dawn to dusk. But mostly, Jean found no work. His Dominican dream had come to nothing.

This is a common story among the thousands of Haitians who poured across the border after the earthquake in January 2010. They came to Haiti’s more prosperous neighbor for jobs, new homes and new lives. But none of this happened. And now, thousands want to go back to Haiti to continue with their old lives, which for many were better lives.

An Assisted Voluntary Return program run by the International Organization for Migration is giving these Haitians the chance to go home. So far, about 2,000 people have been returned to Haiti. But places are limited, and the program is overwhelmed with people.

There are not enough convoys like this one to carry the thousands of Haitians who want to leave the Dominican Republic.
There are not enough convoys like this one to carry the thousands of Haitians who want to leave the Dominican Republic.

“In specific areas of the Dominican Republic, for every person that we’re going to register for a return, there’s at least two or three other people interested,” says IOM’s head of operations in the Dominican Republic, Jean-Philippe Antolin.

In the most recent convoy bound for Haiti, five truckloads set off from the Dominican border town of Pedernales. Jean was in one of them.

“I’m going back for a better life, but I don’t know what I’ll find.”

Although IOM’s program has been expanded to include other types of migrants, it was initially set up for people displaced by the earthquake who now want to go back to Haiti.

“They came to the Dominican Republic for something good — for work and for money,” says Roberto Francois, a Haitian working for IOM who has listened to many of the returnees’ stories, including that of Natacha Polissaint.

Her house crumbled in the earthquake. When she arrived in the Dominican Republic, she found a man who was willing to support her in return for a certain amount of intimacy. They became a couple of convenience.

Natacha Polissaint and her children will live with family when they get back to Haiti because her house fell in the earthquake.
Natacha Polissaint and her children will live with family when they get back to Haiti because her house fell in the earthquake.

Polissaint said he got her pregnant and then disappeared. She was left in a strange land with a new baby and no money. Applying for IOM’s program was the obvious choice, although she knows things will not be easy.

“I don’t have a house,” she says. “I’ll stay with family when I arrive.”

Polissaint’s case illustrates one of the many challenges of resuming life in Haiti. The AVR program will take people home, but it cannot give people a home.

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Instead of a new house, returnees get $50 in “pocket money” and a further $200 to set up a small business.

“A lot of people are selling clothing, shoes, unprepared food like rice and beans. … Some people are raising goats and chickens. I’ve seen some businesses of people who prepare alcohol and sell alcohol,” says IOM’s Zoë Stopak-Behr.

But whatever they decide to do, the opportunity to start again means more than just money. It is a chance at redemption.

Francois explains why. “It’s something that’s implanted in the immigrant: They leave their country for something good, and it’s shameful to return home with empty pockets.”

The difficult task of filling these pockets will now begin.