Romania’s main ruling party wants to raise taxes on domestic gas production favoring imports from Russia

Romania’s main ruling party, PSD, proposed in the parliament an amendment that will increase the taxes paid by local gas producers, a move that favors imports from Russia, according to experts.

According to this proposal, the supplementary tax paid by domestic producers for the natural gas extracted in Romania will be calculated according to the trading prices of the hub from CEGH Vienna.

The amendment was already voted in the Industry and Services committee of the lower chamber of Romanian parliament, according to

The two major gas producers in Romania, Romgaz and OMV Petrom, are paying since 2013 the tax on supplementary revenues based on the real price of gas in Romania.

This new measure will increase the tax burden on the local gas producers and will favor the imports from Russia, experts say.

“Linking the taxes of the oil and gas sector to the Vienna Stock Exchange is a big mistake! Such a decision generates price increases and falls in domestic production – and import growth from Russia. No other country in the world does that,” said Razvan Nicolescu, a former Energy minister.

Is The Canadian Human Rights Commission Discriminatory?



In the news this past week, we read that the Divisional Court has just refused to overturn the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision ordering a Toronto landlord to pay an astounding $12,000 for violating the religious rights of his Muslim tenants.

In 2015, Rebel Media’s Ezra Levant came  under fire for calling the Alberta Human Rights Commission ‘crazy’ for a  case similar to the one below: “A Czech immigrant had failed the provincial engineering exam three times, so he complained to the commission that the exam was “discriminatory.” In a shocking ruling, it agreed and ordered Alberta’s engineering profession to lower its standards and pay the complainer $10,000.”

As a result of the above landlord story, a story came to light dealing with similar issues. This story did not make the news, but the individual involved is interested in people hearing her story and her frustration with the futility of…

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New study finds transgenderism is contagious among the young


On August 16, 2018, the peer-reviewed PLoS One journal published the findings of a study by Brown University behavior and social sciences professor Lisa Littman on the social contagion of “gender dysphoria” among adolescents and young adults.

Gender dysphoria is defined as an individual’s persistent discomfort with their biological sex or assigned gender.

From the article’s Abstract:

In on-line forums, parents have been reporting that their children are experiencing what is described here as “rapid-onset gender dysphoria,” appearing for the first time during puberty or even after its completion. The onset of gender dysphoria seemed to occur in the context of belonging to a peer group where one, multiple, or even all of the friends have become gender dysphoric and transgender-identified during the same timeframe. Parents also report that their children exhibited an increase in social media/internet use prior to disclosure of a transgender identity.

Littman found two striking phenomena:

  1. An association and likely causal relationship between mental/developmental disorder and gender dysphoria: As many as 62.5% of the adolescent and young adults in Littman’s survey had been diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder or neurodevelopmental disability prior to the onset of their gender dysphoria.
  2. Gender dysphoria contagion: In 36.8% of friendship groups with one or more so-called transgenders, the majority of the group’s members who had not been gender dysphoric in their childhood became transgenders.

Littman gave some examples of sudden-onset gender dysphoria contagion:

  • A 14-year-old girl and three of her female friends were taking group lessons together with a very popular coach. The coach came out as transgender, and, within one year, all four students announced they were also transgender.
  • Another 14-year-old girl is part of a friend group that spends much of their time talking about gender and sexuality. After three girls in the group all announced they were trans boys and chose similar masculine names, the 14-year-old girl also announced that she was a trans boy.

You can read Littman’s article here. If the journal takes down the article, it is archived here.

Joy Pullmann reports for The Federalist that Littman’s “study was quickly yanked from Brown’s news releases after a transgender activist feeding frenzy, and the journal it was published in is reconsidering the publication.”

The dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, Bess Marcus, issued this apology:

Brown community members express[ed] concerns that the conclusions of the study could be used to discredit efforts to support transgender youth and invalidate the perspectives of members of the transgender community.

The spirit of free inquiry and scholarly debate is central to academic excellence. At the same time, we believe firmly that it is also incumbent on public health researchers to listen to multiple perspectives and to recognize and articulate the limitations of their work.

Sudden-onset gender-dysphoria contagion would account for the rapid recent growth in “transgenders” and transgender treatment centers in the UK and the United States:

  • In the UK, the National Health Service has seen an increase of 700% over the past 5 years in transgender referrals and children wanting to change genders. (Daily Mail)
  • The graph below shows the increases in the number of transgender referrals in the U.S. since 2010. Note how the numbers sharply increased after 2014, especially for girls. (Source: The Federalist)


ender dysphoria contagion is fueled by media propaganda and the flood of transgender books for children (and adults). As examples:

Here’s another example of gender dysphoria contagion.

Dorothy Stringer School is a secondary school in Brighton, East Sussex, England, with about 1,600 students, ages 11 to 16. The school is praised by Tatlermagazine as “the coolest state secondary in town” for its “liberal vibe” and for having the “perfect balance between work and fun”.

As reported by the UK Daily Mail on November 25, 2018, a recent council survey found that Dorothy Stringer School has the highest number of gender dysphoric students of any school in the UK:

  • 76 students at Dorothy Stringer are gender dysphoric.
  • Of those, 40 do not identify with their sex at birth, 36 say they are “gender fluid”.

Given Dorothy Springer’s total student enrollment of 1,650 (according to Clash Daily), 76 gender dysphoric students mean 4.6% of the school’s students are transgender or “gender fluid” — a much higher percentage than the percentage of transgenders in the general population. A 2016 study by UCLA’s Williams Institute, using CDC data, found that only 0.6% of U.S. adults identify as transgender.

A Brighton teacher said: “What’s happening is worrying and many of us know it, but nobody wants to speak up and get shot.”

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Bulgaria eyes stake in planned LNG terminal in Alexandroupoli

Sofia plans to take a minority stake in a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal near Greece’s northern city of Alexandroupoli, Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova has said, according to reports.

In comments made earlier this week, Petkova reportedly said that LNG offers Bulgaria an opportunity for further diversification of natural gas supplies, on top of the one billion cubic metres of gas from Azerbaijan, for which the Balkan state signed a contract several years ago.

“When we talk about the Greece-Bulgaria [gas] inter-connector, we must note the importance of another opportunity for diversification of gas deliveries and that is our participation in the Alexandroupoli terminal,” Petkova was quoted by the Independent Balkan News Agency (IBNA) as saying.

“It is a project of extreme importance to the entire region. It is in full synergy with the Greece-Bulgaria inter-connector and that is why the Bulgarian government discussed the prospect and took the decision to participate in this project as a shareholder, so that we have the opportunity for gas deliveries from various LNG sources, including the US, Qatar and Algeria,” she said, according to the report.

Islamic conquest continuing in Canada

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

Islam now is the second largest religion in Canada with a total Muslim population of around 1.5 million. The number is increasing geometrically and according to statistics, the size of Muslim population in Canada may cross 15 percent of the total population by 2030. The most Muslim populated areas in Canada are Greater Toronto and Greater Montreal. Just remember, in 1991, the Muslim population in Canada was 0.9 percent of the total population. Almost every Muslim country in the world has sent immigrants to Canada – from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Albania, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Somalia, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Oman, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Bangladesh, Maldives and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The fertility rate for Muslims in Canada is higher than the rate for other Canadians (an average of 2.4 children per woman for Muslims, compared with 1.6 children per woman for other populations in Canada). Due to rise in the Muslim population, number of mosques and madnassa (Islamic seminary) are increasing with mostly funding from the Arab nations. According to strategists, rise of Islam already is posing potential threat to non-Muslim Canadians, especially Jews and Christians. Muslim dominance has also been increasing significantly in the country.

In my opinion, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees freedom of religious expression is working as a shield to Muslims in growing the size of the Muslim population at the same time getting involved in radical Islamic activities, conversion of non-Muslims into Islam and even taking part into radical Islamic terrorism.

Hijab and burqa culture:

Under Section 2(a) of the Charter, the wearing of Islamic attires such as hijab is permitted in schools and places of work, although Quebec has ruled that medical faculties are not required to accommodate Muslim women who wish to be served by female employees. In 2011, the Harper government attempted to ban the niqab during citizenship ceremonies. In 2015, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled against the ban, and the Supreme Court turned down the government’s appeal.

Rise of Islam in Canada:

Let us not forget, four years after Canada’s founding in 1867, the 1871 Canadian Census found just 13 European Muslims among the population. A great number of Bosniaks (from Bosnia) went to Ameican soil; some came before the First World War. The first Muslim organization in Canada was registered in 1934 in Regina, Saskatchewan, consisting of immigrants from Lebanon. The first Canadian mosque was constructed in Edmonton in 1938, when there were approximately 700 European Muslims in the country. This building now is a part of the museum at Fort Edmonton Park. The years after the Second World War, Canada saw an increase in the Muslim population. However, Muslim still was a distinct religious minority. It was only after the removal of European immigration preferences in the late 1960s and early 1970s that Muslims began to arrive like tidal waves in a significant numbers.

Bosniaks were the initiators and one of the main participants in founding of all first mosques in Toronto. First mosque, out of which the three oldest mosques in Toronto came were founded by Bosniaks and Albanians in 1968. The first mosque in Toronto was named Jami Mosque (56 Boustead Ave. Toronto). Later, with the initiatives of Professor Qadeer Baig  of University of Toronto, it was purchased by Asian Muslims, while Albanians and Bosniaks later founded their own mosques: Albanian Muslim Society of Toronto on 564 Annette St. and Bosanska džamija (Bosnian Mosque) at Bosnian Islamic Centre.

The first Madressa (Islamic seminary) in North America; Al-Rashid Islamic Institute  was established in Cornwall, Ontario in 1983 and has graduates that are Hafiz (Quran) and Ulama. The Seminary was established by Maulana Mazhar Alam, originally from Bihar, India, under the direction of his teacher the leading Indian Tablighi scholar Muhammad Zakariya Kandhlawi and focuses on the traditional Hanafi school of thought. Due to its proximity to the US border city of Massena the school has historically had a high ratio of US students. Their most prominent graduate Shaykh Muhammad Al Shareef completed his Hifz in the early 1990s then went on to form the Al Maghrib Institute.

Charity status of a number of mosques were stripped off by the Canadian authorities because many of the guest speakers were misogynistic, homophobic, and racist and promoted radical Islamic militancy. But, during past several years, especially after Justin Trudeau became the Prime Minister, Islam and Muslims in Canada have found an advantageous situation as Trudeau is heavily inclined towards appeasing radical Islam and even jihad. Since then, Canada in fact has turned into a breeding ground of radical Islam while a large number of ISIS and even Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabab terrorists are getting shelter in Canada.

Muslims in Canada although are “very proud” to be Canadian, they have started considering the non-Muslims, particularly Christians and Jews as their arch rivals. More than half the Muslim population in Canada dream of establishing Sharia rule in that country thus “bringing Canada under the flag of Islam.”

Its not love – its Jihad!

In the recent years, there is a growing tendency in the Canadian Muslims in marrying non-Muslim girls and boys (or males and females) thus getting them converted into Islam. In all of such cases, Muslim males and females enjoy huge encouragement and patronization from their families as they considering such conversions as a noble task. Young Muslim boys and girls are injected radical Islamic indoctrinations as well as provocations in attracting non-Muslim males and females as their romantic partners. They consider such romantic relations as jihad.

Destroying the non-Muslim society:

As part of master plan, Muslims, particularly those from Afghanistan and Pakistan are increasingly getting involved into trafficking in narcotics into Canada. They even do some “sacrifices” in the wholesale or retail prices of such drugs with the dangerous agenda of getting larger number of customers. Their targets are non-Muslims. Drug dealers consider this as a holy task. I call it – narco jihad.

Huge patronization from the Arab nations:

Muslim NGOs and mosques receive huge amount of fund (declared as well as discreet) mostly from the Arab countries. To my knowledge, major stake of this donation comes from Jakat (Islamic charity) fund, which again amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars. As Zakat is based on income and the value of all of one’s possessions, and it is customarily 2.5 percent (of a Muslim’s total savings and wealth above a minimum amount known as nisab), the total amount of Zakat only from the oil-rich Arab nations would stand at few billion dollars. Donors prefer giving this mandatory charity mostly to Islamic seminary (madrassa). They also can give Zakat fund to various Islamic publication and media projects. Meaning, most of these mosques and Islamic seminaries would have no financial constraints. To my knowledge, several Islamic television channels are running with the Zakat fund and it is anticipated that such broadcast jihad would further expand in the years to come.

Is Canada heading towards total Islamization?

My reply unfortunately is affirmative. While radical Islam is growing and expanding like bonfire under huge patronization of the Muslims, including the Muslim philanthropists, there really is no such effective measure taken by the non-Muslims in empowering the anti-Islam establishments. Rather, there is clear lethargy amongst the non-Muslim individuals and groups in extending wholehearted support to groups and individuals who actually are working with a noble goal of saving Canada from being totally Islamized. This is extremely unfortunate and even worrisome – but this is the reality that exists around us.

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is the editor of Blitz. He can be reached in his Facebook account.

Can’t Take No For An Answer: Jonathan Yaniv Files 16 Human Rights Complaints Against Women Who Don’t Want To Wax His Balls

According to GQ magazine, there are two types of “Bro-zilian” or Male Brazilian wax options:

“…completely smooth, or hairless on the testicles, between the butt cheeks, and surrounding bikini area while leaving more “natural” looking growth above. This may be due to the fact that, according to a survey done by Advanced Dermatology, 88% of men are influenced by what they see in pornography.”

This hair removal procedure requires extensive contact with the genitals of the male customer. More from GQ:

“Please be aware: getting a Bro-zillian means that an esthetician will very much be touching your penis and testicles, probably for an extended period of time and moving and holding your parts and pulling them taught and holding them down and much more. This is a non-negotiable.”

There are dozens of aestheticians in the female-dominated body waxing industry who service (or specialize in) providing intimate body waxing procedures to male clients in the Vancouver area. A quick google search will immediately provide access to this service.

But that isn’t how Canadian ‘TrustedNerd’ blogger Jonathan Yaniv looked for a service provider.

Instead, Yaniv searched Facebook, seeking out various working-class women who discussed performing waxing services on their own personal pages. He found a woman, Shelah Poyer, a single mother who performed waxing services in her own home for the women on her friend’s list. He messaged her out of the blue, requesting an intimate wax of his genitals in her private home. She responded, “Not for men, sorry”.

Jonathan Yaniv contacted her again.  “I’m actually female,” he replied. “I transitioned a while ago”. She ignored him. He allegedly contacted her over and over again.

Next, Jonathan Yaniv searched online for information about the woman and located a spa which had used her services in the past. He contacted them, repeatedly, looking for her and demanding that she service his genitals, until the receptionist told him she would call the police if he called again. “He called the salon twice more in spite of the receptionist’s warning that if he called again, she would call the police.

Shelah Poyer’s boyfriend then contacted Jonathan Yaniv on Facebook and warned him that the police would be involved if Yaniv continued to stalk and harass his girlfriend via the internet and at her employers.

From the National Post:

“Please stop harassing my gf or we will take further action (police) she explained to you what she does and does not do. Do not call her work again and don’t bother messaging me back. Get a life when someone says no move on.”

[Jonathan Yaniv] wrote back saying all [he] had done was inquire about a service that was advertised and asked what Poyer’s availability was.

“You did harass her over and over she didn’t respond and you call her work get a f—— life,” Paradis replied. “I’ll be posting about you on my own account. I have all the proof of harassment. “

Rather than desist in his behavior, Jonathan Yaniv avoided charges for harassment and stalking by using the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal to escalate his harassment and pursue his prey by using the tribunal as his official proxy.

He claimed that Shelah Poyer in her home, and also her (apparently now defunct) employer discriminated against his protected status under the British Columbia legal definition of ‘Gender Identity’.  Her refusal to wax his ass, balls, and the area surrounding his penis discriminated against his rights as a male, on the grounds that recognizing his male sex infringed on his own “sense of himself” as female.

British Columbia defines ‘Gender Identity’ as “a person’s sense of themselves”. Specifically:

“Gender identity is a person’s sense of themselves as male, female, both, in between or neither. It includes people who identify as transgender. Gender identity may be different or the same as the sex a person is assigned at birth.”

British Columbia also considers “sex” a protected characteristic. Sex is defined somewhat incoherently as:

“Sex includes being a man, woman, inter-sexed or transgender. It also includes pregnancy, breast-feeding and sexual harassment.”

Can British Columbia protect a woman like Shelah Poyer from the sexual harassment of a man like Jonathan Yaniv who targets her specifically on the basis that she prefers not to handle male genitals for pay? Or does his declared “sense of himself as female” not only override her rights to protection from sexual harassment, but also subject her to prosecution from the state as an enforcement agent of Jonathan Taniv’s belief that his “sense of himself” requires women to touch his genitals against their will?

An early clue to the way this was likely to play out came when the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal upheld Jonathan Yaniv’s desire to press charges against Shelah Porter anonymously. There is no rational basis for this decision. Apparently Jonathan claimed a “right” to be closeted as a “transwoman”. Yet as seen in the screencaps on this page, Jonathan is “out” publicly as an individual who identifies as transgender. He uses the name “Jonathan (Jessica) Taniv” on his professional internet accounts, and refers to himself with female pronouns in his work bio.

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Czech PM survives no-confidence vote amid corruption allegations

Prague, Czech Republic – The Czech Republic‘s coalition government has survived a vote of no-confidence over a fraud scandalimplicating embattled Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

The vote on Friday saw only 92 opposition legislators backing the motion, well short of the 101 needed to topple Babis, an agrichemicals mogul pegged by Forbes magazine as the second-wealthiest Czech.

It followed allegations that the populist billionaire had kidnapped his own son to obstruct a high-profile fraud case, in which both of them were implicated.

The vote came just five months into the fragile government’s term and was supported by six opposition parties.

Babis faces charges of misusing $2.25m in EU subsidy for a luxury resort and farm, which he transferred to relatives, including his son, Andrej Babis Jr.

“The government should be headed by an ethical, moral, and decent person who is considered credible even by his political opponents. I do not see such a person heading it,” Ivan Bartos, chairman of the opposition Czech Pirate Party, said in Parliament during the vote.

While the opposition called for the prime minister to step aside to allow an independent investigation into the allegations, it failed to gain the support of at least one of the two coalition partners needed to win a simple majority.

The Communist Party voted in favour of Babis while MPs from the Social Democratic coalition abstained from the process, assuring a win for the ruling government.

“The government is successful and I want to say … it has our confidence. But it is obvious that the government is burdened by the circumstances surrounding the prime minister,” Interior Minister Jan Hamacek, leader of the Czech Social Democratic Party, said.


He assured a police investigation into the allegations against Babis will take place. Before the vote, he had told reporters that his party is open to an early election if required.

Rejection of neutrality destabilizes situation in Moldova, says president

MOSCOW, November 21. /TASS/. Moldova’s rejection of its neutral status may destabilize the situation in the region and in the country, Moldovan President Igor Dodon stated on Wednesday during a session of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament).

“According to all surveys, the majority of the republic’s population is categorically against Moldova losing its neutral status and forming part of NATO,” he said. Dodon stressed the need to strengthen and develop Moldova’s neutral status stipulated by the country’s constitution. “Any unbalanced action or attempt to stray away from the neutral status of the Republic of Moldova may significantly destabilize the country and put Moldova at constant risk for dozens of years, first and foremost, in the area of national and regional security,” Dodon warned.

Earlier, Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip expressed his support for Moldova’s cooperation with NATO, stating that the country’s neutral status was “imposed” on Moldova after the Transnistrian conflict.

Currently, Moldova is cooperating with NATO on the basis of an individual partnership plan. At the end of last year, NATO established a liaison office in Chisinau. Dodon strongly criticized this move, forbidding the Moldovan army to participate in joint military drills with NATO. Members of the Democratic Party rejected all his initiatives concerning the national security strategy.




The Anglican Church has Fallen Archbishop of Canterbury Declares God Gender Neutral

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said that God is “not male nor female,” after female bishops demanded the Church of England stop referring to God solely as “he.”

The head of the worldwide Anglican communion told attendees at a lecture at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square: “All human language about God is inadequate and to some degree metaphorical.

“God is not a father in exactly the same way as a human being is a father. God is not male or female. God is not definable.


“It is extraordinarily important as Christians that we remember that the definitive revelation of who God is was not in words, but in the word of God who we call Jesus Christ. We can’t pin God down.”

Professor of Christian history Diarmaid MacCulloch backed Archbishop Welby’s statement, telling The Times that the reason God has been perceived as male is due to “patriarchal assumptions” of early Christian societies of Greece and Rome.

UGANDA: President slams genital cutting for HIV prevention

MBARARA – As the president of Uganda Yoweri Museveni launched his presidential Fast- track initiative on ending HIV and AIDS in Uganda by 2030, he strongly criticized circumcision as a way to prevent contraction of HIV/AIDS but rather asked people to refrain themselves from having unprotected sex.

Museveni noted that Ugandans have failed to appreciate that AIDS does not spread like Ebola where you don’t have to greet the infected person, he says HIV spreads through one way of having unprotected sex with an infected person and that this is very easy to be avoided.

He said this while launching his initiative in south western Uganda and was held at Isingiro district headquarters where all representatives from 16 districts attended.

Museveni castigated the talk of circumcision in efforts to prevent and reducing transmission and contraction of HIV.

“I have always heard people and partners saying that when you are circumcised you don’t contract the virus, does your body become armoured simply because you are circumcised? That’s nonsense, if its preventive, how come those in the religion where they circumcise have the virus?, I think the message should avoid sex which is not protected.”

He said this has confused the masses, “before we started this campaign the HIV prevalence was at 18% then it dropped to 6% but when they started this talk of circumcision it confused the masses then it went up to now 7.3%, there is much laxity among the members of the public and that’s why we need to fast-track the awareness so that by 2030 there is no virus in Uganda.”

Museveni further said that after testing and then introduced to ARVs, that person can live longer suppress the viral load to the extent that the infected person but on ARVs can no longer transmit the virus.

However, he noted that the public should not celebrate that the government brought ARVs and they live careless lives. Museveni said that these ARVS also have a side effect on one’s health. He said that they can cause kidney failure, shrinking of the born and can cause mumps.

It should be noted that the presidential Fast-Track initiative has a 90-90-90 targets whereby they say at least 90% of all HIV positive persons identified through responsive HIV testing service, at least 90% of all identified HIV positive persons enrolled on ARVs and at least 90%of all persons on HIV treatment adhering to treatment in order to attain and sustain viral suppression.


It shows further that at least 1.4 millions of people in Uganda live with HIV of these 1,041,000 are enrolled in care and 980,954 are on ARV treatment.

Patrick Keihwa Besigye the chairman LCV for kabala who doubles as the vice chairman ULGA who spoke on behalf of all chairmen from 16 districts said that they have realized that the percentage of men who go for testing is still minimal as compared to women. He noted that so far 45% of men only go for testing and 90% of women go for testing which he said is still a big challenge.

Major Canadian Restaurants Representative encourages Halal


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According to their website,  “Restaurants Canada members comprise 30,000 businesses in every segment of the industry, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and their suppliers. We work on their behalf with all levels of government in support of a strong restaurant industry that contributes jobs, investment, and a wide range of culinary choices to communities across the country.”

In their recent blog,  they encourage Canadian restaurants to cater to the Halal demand in Canada. Their reasoning is simple. The Muslim population in Canada is significant.

“Labelling Muslims as a “minority group” is a mistake. According to Statistics Canada data, there are an estimated 1.4 million Muslims in Canada, mostly concentrated in a few urban centres.”

In other words, there is money to be made.

Halal certification has come under fire frequently for concerns of possible ties to funding terrorism.

Watch dog group Point de Bascule has…

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Estonian car wash startup raises €500,000 in 20 months

The Estonian car wash startup, UpSteam, that promises to “redefine car wash”, raised half a million euros in the first 20 months of its existence, led by well-known Estonian investors.

UpSteam, a company that has been in business for almost two years, raised €280,000 on the crowdfunding platform, Funderbeam. The rest was invested by the founder of Fortumo, Rain Rannu, and Henri Treude of Spring Capital VC. Other investors included Jaak Roosaare, Madis Müür, Heidi Kakko, Marek Kiisa and Tanel Padar.

The startup is looking to “take car washing to a whole new level by combining other car-care and maintenance services to the platform”.

“The main goal of the seed-round was to raise funds for building a comprehensive application platform, which could be used to start conquering new foreign markets,” the company said in a statement.

According to the company, its investors have valuated it to €2.75 million.

UpSteam is a mobile car wash service that comes to the customer instead of the customer going to a car wash. To date, the company has generated over €150.000 in revenue in the Estonian capital, Tallinn.

“UpSteam has been successful introducing its subscription-based model where people can create their own washing schedule, pay once a month and never see a car wash(er) anymore,” the company said.

Higher autism prevalence in children prenatally exposed to alcohol: pilot study

A new pilot study found that the prevalence of autism among children prenatally exposed to alcohol was significantly higher than the prevalence in the overall Canadian population.

The study, which will be presented at the Canadian Paediatric Society’s annual conference in P.E.I. this week, examined the case reports of 300 Ontario children aged three to 16 who were exposed to alcohol in the womb.

Researchers reviewed the case reports to determine the prevalence of autism, number of children diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and other demographic data.


FASDs are a group of conditions that can present in children whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy, and are among the leading causes of cognitive and developmental disability among Canadian children. FASD symptoms can range from mild to severe, and may include physical, mental, behavioural, and learning disabilities.

The researchers found that 4.7 per cent (or 14) of the 300 children had been diagnosed with autism. By comparison, the prevalence of autism among the general Canadian population is 1.1 per cent.

The study also found the following:

  • Of the 14 children who were diagnosed with autism, half were boys and half were girls;
  • Two additional children had autistic features, but did not meet the criteria for a formal diagnosis;
  • Of these 16 children, all were diagnosed with FASD.

Dr. Brenda Stade, co-author of the study and head of St. Michael’s Hospital Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Clinic, told that researchers aren’t sure what’s behind the association between prenatal alcohol exposure and autism.

“Whether alcohol is actually causing autism symptoms, we don’t know,” she said. “We can only say that there’s a correlation, but we don’t know exactly why.”

Stade noted that there may be some overlap between FASD symptoms and the symptoms associated with autism. However, she said, children diagnosed with autism in the study presented with symptoms of both disorders.

She recommends that children who are being screened for FASD should also be screened for autism to ensure they’re getting every available intervention.

“We don’t want to miss those kids who could benefit from specific interventions developed for autism,” she said.