Poland to pump extra funds into public health care

Poland’s health minister said on Wednesday the country would pump an additional PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 350m, USD 413m) into public health care as the government aims to cut queues for treatment.

Łukasz Szumowski said that improving patients’ access to specialists was one of the government’s priorities.

The extra funding will be used for medical procedures including cataract surgery, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans, and for treating disabled people, Poland’s PAP news agency reported.

(pk/gs)

Source: PAP

http://www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/368117,Poland-to-pump-extra-funds-into-public-health-care

 

Church of Scientology staffer in Quebec City earned $70 for nearly 39 hours of work, document shows

A staff member of the Church of Scientology working in Quebec City in December 2017 was paid just under $70 for what appears to be nearly 39 hours of work, according to documents obtained by Radio-Canada’s Enquête investigative news program from a confidential source.

That’s less than $2 an hour — and far less than the minimum wage, which was $11.25 per hour at the time in Quebec.

The minimum wage in the province rose to $12 an hour on May 1.

But the organization says its employees are “religious workers.”

Pay depends on church revenue, ex-members say

According to the doctrine espoused by the Church of Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, staff members aren’t paid by the hour, but rather by “units,” former members of the church told Radio-Canada.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/scientology-workers-quebec-minimum-wage-1.4702494

Indian chess star refuses to wear headscarf, pulls out of event in Islamic Republic of Iran

“Indian Chess Star Soumya Swaminathan Refuses To Wear Headscarf, Withdraws From Iran Event,” by Tanya Rudra, NDTV, June 13, 2018:

Woman Grandmaster and former world junior girls’ champion Soumya Swaminathan has refused to participate in the Asian Team Chess Championship, to be held in Hamadan, Iran, from July 26 to August 4, because of the compulsory-headscarf rule in the country which she said violated her personal rights. She took to her Facebook page to say, “I find the Iranian law of compulsory Headscarf to be in direct violation of my basic Human Rights including my right to freedom of expression, and right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. It seems that under the present circumstances, the only way for me to protect my rights is not to go to Iran.” She further said that the religious dress codes should not be imposed on players.

“I understand the organisers expecting us to wear our National Team Dress or Formals or Sporting attire for our games during official championships, but surely there is no place for an enforceable religious dress code in Sports,” she added….

Here is what Soumya Swaminathan wrote on her Facebook page about her decision.

“I am very sorry to state that I have asked to be excused from the Indian Women’s team for the forthcoming Asian Nations Cup ( Asian Team ) Chess Championship 2018, to be held at Iran from 26 July – 4 Aug 2018, as I do not wish to be forced to wear a Headscarf or Burkha. I find the Iranian law of compulsory Headscarf to be in direct violation of my basic Human Rights including my right to freedom of expression, and right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. It seems that under the present circumstances, the only way for me to protect my rights is not to go to Iran.

I am very disappointed to see that player’s rights and welfare are given such less importance while allotting and/or organising official championships. I understand the organisers expecting us to wear our National Team Dress or Formals or Sporting attire for our games during official championships, but surely there is no place for an enforceable religious dress code in Sports.

It is a huge honour for me to represent India everytime I am selected in the National Team and I deeply regret that I will be unable to participate in such an important championship. While we sportspersons are willing to make several adjustments for the sake of our sport, always giving it top priority in our life, some things simply cannot be compromised.”…

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/06/indian-chess-star-refuses-to-wear-headscarf-pulls-out-of-event-in-islamic-republic-of-iran