9 maps show how different LGBTQ rights are around the world

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Gays and lesbians throughout India rejoiced last month when a landmark court ruling made homosexuality legal in the country.

While the decision may seem like a long time coming for those in the LGBTQ community, gay sex is still illegal in nearly 40% of countries in the United Nations, according to statistics released last year by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

To understand how gay rights vary around the world, Business Insider created a set of maps that visualize which countries have legalized gay marriage and the countries where gay people can still be put to death, among other questions.

The results show that while homosexuality is no longer outlawed in the majority of the world, there’s still a long way to go in terms of acceptance and equality for LGBTQ people.

Religion is an un-ignorable factor in the maps. While the majority of the world has legalized homosexuality, the countries where it is still outlawed are concentrated in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa — areas with majority-Muslim nations.

According to the Associated Press, “Islamic scholars overwhelmingly teach that same-gender sex is a sin.”

The Quran teaches that homosexuality should be punished but doesn’t detail how. The Prophet Muhammad is alleged to have been more explicit that homosexuals should be killed in some of his teachings. That’s why some countries that implement sharia law (rules based on Islamic teachings) make homosexuality a capital crime.

Source: Associated Press

In fact, nearly all of the countries where homosexuality is technically still a capital crime are majority Muslim.

Nigeria is split between Christians in the south and Muslims in the north. Homosexuality only carries the death penalty for some states in the north.

Source: ILGA

In some countries where homosexuality is legal, there are still several laws in place that make living …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Investors are betting $660 million that ‘Viagra on demand’ is the future of healthcare

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Investors are pouring hundreds of millions into startups that are changing how we get healthcare by keeping patients out of doctors’ offices.
These companies are focused on treating conditions like hair loss and erectile dysfunction, or providing birth control. They combine a virtual doctor’s visit with a prescription, and the treatments are shipped straight to the consumer.
But some doctors are worried about what will happen if consumers treat their healthcare as a series of one-off encounters without getting a full checkup.

The future of medicine could look a lot like a box of generic Viagra showing up on your doorstep.

A wave of startups promising to diagnose and treat erectile dysfunction or hair loss, provide birth control, or straighten your teeth, all without leaving your home, has attracted $662 million in venture funding in the past 12 months, by Business Insider’s calculations.

That’s up from essentially zero in the prior year.

Investors are wagering that consumers will be increasingly willing to shop for healthcare the same way they buy mattresses or fancy wool sneakers online.

The healthcare industry as a whole has been jockeying to stay competitive as companies realize that patients, used to the consumer experience they’re getting from Amazon and Netflix, have higher expectations for their doctor’s visit.

That’s been a driving force behind mega-deals like Amazon’s acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack and CVS Health’s merger with Aetna. On-demand healthcare options like urgent care have gained in popularity too.

“There are other ways of actually reaching these people and having their demand be met by a new healthcare or consumer offering,” Ambar Bhattacharyya, the managing director of Maverick Ventures who leads the firm’s healthcare investments, including a stake in generic Viagra purveyor Hims, told Business Insider.

But because these services tend to be focused on a …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Court records: Man accused of killing 6 in horrific crash has history of driving with alcohol

SALT LAKE CITY — The man accused of killing six people while driving drunk on U.S. 40 has a history of driving intoxicated and with open containers dating back 20 years, according to court records.

Jamie Don McKenzie, 41, of Heber City, was arrested for investigation of six counts of automobile homicide, two counts of causing serious injuries while driving intoxicated, having an opening container in a vehicle, reckless driving, unsafe lane travel and speeding.

Just before noon on Friday, McKenzie was driving a large dump truck when it “crossed the median and vaulted over the cable barrier” and broadsided a Dodge Ram pickup truck, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

Three people were thrown from the pickup. The other three were still in the pickup when the dump truck came to rest on top of their vehicle, crushing the cab. All six occupants were killed on impact, according to UHP.

“Their injuries that caused their deaths were so severe that their identities are still trying to be determined,” police wrote in a Wasatch County Jail booking report.

As of Sunday, the only victim that had been identified was Efrain O. Cardenas, 62, of Salt Lake City.

Two other women suffered broken bones when their Jeep was clipped by the dump truck and rolled off the shoulder of the road, coming to rest upside down.

A driver who was behind the dump truck said McKenzie was “swerving across all lanes and speeding (70-75 mph)” before the crash, according to the report.

After the crash, troopers found an open bottle of liquor and an open beer, the report states.

McKenzie, who was driving a truck with a Heber City construction company logo on the door, told troopers he was taking a load of dirt to Brown’s Canyon. He said he knew he had been in a crash, but he did …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Top stories


GOP lawmakers rip Trump decision to withdraw from nuclear arms treaty

By Karoun Demirjian

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s weekend announcement that he would pull the United States out of a key nuclear arms control treaty alarmed members of his own party, who criticized the decision and worried that other international pacts to control proliferation of the world’s most dangerous weapons also might be upended.

“I hope we’re not moving down the path to undo much of the nuclear arms control treaties that we have put in place,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” noting that he had heard that the Trump administration wanted to pull out of not only the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces, or INF, Treaty, but also New START.

“I think that would be a huge mistake,” Corker said.

Trump told reporters on Saturday night that his administration would “terminate” and “pull out” of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a strategic arms reduction pact that President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev struck in 1987. Russia has long been accused of violating the treaty, prompting calls from some defense hawks in the United States to end U.S. participation in the deal. Many also argue that the treaty is obsolete, because it doesn’t restrict China’s proliferation.

New START seeks to limit the stockpiles of long-range and submarine missiles and heavy bombers, plus related warheads and launchers, in U.S. and Russian possession. Corker played a leading role in helping the Senate ratify an updated extension of the treaty in 2010; but its future is in doubt, as it expires in early 2021.

Trump’s announcement came as his national security adviser, John Bolton, traveled to Russia to meet with counterparts and discuss, among other things, treaty compliance. But Corker said Trump’s announcement to pull out of the INF Treaty came as a surprise — and one …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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