@CUTVNews - Headlines: January 20th, 2012

Costa Concordia Tragedy
Rescue operations for the stricken Costa Concordia were suspended on Friday. A meeting was held today will probably make the decision on whether or not to call off the search. The ships captain, Francesco Schettino’s integrity is also being questioned. The captain did not provide adequate warning of the ships situation until it was too late, and also fled the ship before the majority if passengers had left, leaving the ships crew and staff in charge of ensuring the safety of those on board. The tragedy last week left 14 people dead with as many as 21 still missing.

New Taser Study
The use of tasers represents a new form of “urban terrorism” states a new study surrounding the deaths of two dozen deaths in Canada involving tasers. The report states that those most likely to get tased include the poor, mentally ill, and chronic drug users. Not everyone agrees with it though as Steve Tuttle, a spokesperson for Taser International in Arizona said, the study reads more like a social commentary and falsely implies that Tasers caused all the deaths examined, "The report is woefully out of touch regarding the realities facing Canadian law and enforcement, he said. While the authors of the report stated that Taser use on the downtrodden has led to a very unhealthy mistrust, dread and fear of the police akin to the way members of the public are terrified by terrorist attacks”. The study reviewed 26 fatalities across the country in which a Taser was involved, including the high profile death of Robert Dziekanski, who was killed at Vancouver International airport.

A lecture on the impact of HIV and AIDS on aboriginal people
Doris Peltier will be presenting N'ginaajiwimi a lecture on the impact of HIV and AIDS on aboriginal people. Doris is an aboriginal women from the Wikwemikong Unceded First Nations reserve in Ontario .Doris was diagnosed with AIDS in 2002 and since has become an AIDS activist on a local , national and international level. The lecture will be at the hall building at 1455 de Maisonneuve street in room H110. it will start at 6 pm and it is free. N'ginaajiwimi is part of the Community Lecture Series on HIV/AIDS at Concordia Univercity. for more information go to aids. concordia.ca/ lectures.html

Cultural Diversity week next week
Concordia’s International and Ethnic Associations Council, the IEAC has announced that it would hold its First Cultural Diversity week next week, at the University. The Chairman of the IEAC, Marvin Coleby declared to the Link that this was to not be about a specific culture, but rather a tribute to the diversity and the beauty of cultures. The Cultural Diversity week will also mark the 30th anniversary of the council. All the proceeds from the week-long events are to go to charity.

PIPA Update
Today, the majority leader of the US senate, the republican Harry Reid announced that the controversial Protect IP Act, or PIPA, was delayed for the time being. This follows massive protest from various famous internet companies and actors, including Google and Wikipedia. Wikipedia even shut down its English version on the 18th, denying access to many users.

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