World AIDS Day 2014

World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day. Government and health officials also observe the event, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.

AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_AIDS_Day

 

U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/onap

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    Monday, December 1, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama meets with members of his Cabinet to discuss federal programs and funding that provide equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies
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    Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest

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    President Obama meets with young local and national civil rights leaders
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    President Obama meets with elected officials, community and faith leaders, along with law enforcement officials, to discuss strengthening trust between police and communities
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  2. World AIDS Day

    World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day. Government and health officials also observe the event, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.

    AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIDS

    • November 29, 2014

      Presidential Proclamation — World AIDS Day, 2014

      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
      A PROCLAMATION

      In communities across our Nation and around the world, we have made extraordinary progress in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Just over three decades ago, when we knew only the devastation HIV inflicted, those living with it had to fight just to be treated with dignity and compassion, and since the first cases of AIDS were reported, tens of millions of vibrant men and women have lost their lives to this deadly virus. Today, we have transformed what it means to live with HIV/AIDS. More effective prevention, treatment, and care now save millions of lives while awareness has soared and research has surged. This World AIDS Day, we come together to honor all those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS and celebrate the promising public health and scientific advances that have brought us closer to our goal of an AIDS-free generation.

      Since I took office, more people who are infected with HIV have learned of their status, allowing them to access the essential care that can improve their health, extend their lives, and prevent transmission of the virus to others. My Administration has made strides to limit new infections and reduce HIV-related disparities and health inequalities, and we have nearly eliminated the waiting list for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. For many, with testing and access to the right treatment, a disease that was once a death sentence now offers a good chance for a healthy and productive life.

      Despite these gains, too many with HIV/AIDS, especially young Americans, still do not know they are infected; too many communities, including gay and bisexual men, African Americans, and Hispanics remain disproportionately impacted; and too many individuals continue to bear the burden of discrimination and stigma. There is more work to do, and my Administration remains steadfast in our commitment to defeating this disease. Guided by our National HIV/AIDS Strategy, we are working to build a society where every person has access to life-extending care, regardless of who they are or whom they love. The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage due to a pre-existing condition, such as HIV/AIDS, and requires that most health plans cover HIV screenings without copays for everyone ages 15 to 65 and others at increased risk. We have expanded opportunities for groundbreaking research, and we continue to invest in innovation to develop a vaccine and find a cure. And this summer, my Administration held a series of listening sessions across the country to better understand the successes and challenges of those fighting HIV at the local and State level.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/11/29/presidential-proclamation-world-aids-day-2014

    • December 01, 2014

      Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at the World AIDS Day Event

      The White House

      Monday, December 1, 2014

      Good afternoon everyone. Thank you all so much for participating today. You’ve got a full agenda this afternoon, but I wanted to make sure I got the chance to speak with you too, and on behalf of President Obama, to make one simple point: Our commitment to fight and end AIDS is unwavering, and it goes all the way to the top.

      We know where we’ve been. We remember the devastation and the heartbreak. The pain of an HIV diagnosis that was tantamount to a death sentence and the shameful initial global response.

      And we know where we’re going. The promise of an AIDS-free generation—an end to AIDS-related deaths. An end to the suffering and stigma of a terrible disease. An end to children born with HIV, their promise tragically cut short from birth.

      That’s a goal that was unthinkable even five years ago. I remember traveling through Africa some 20 years ago, and I remember the pervasive sense of hopelessness among people ravaged by AIDS with no treatment available, and the predictions among global health experts that HIV would continue to spread exponentially. But with dedication and—critically—vision, we’ve begun to bring this epidemic to heel.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/01/remarks-prepared-delivery-national-security-advisor-susan-e-rice-world-a

  3. Congress cramming its unfinished agenda into final days

    SUN, 11/30/2014 – 11:35AM SUN-TIMES WIRES

    WASHINGTON — Like a student who waited until the night before a deadline, lawmakers resuming work Monday will try to cram two years of leftover business into two weeks, while also seeking to avoid a government shutdown.

    Their to-do list includes keeping the government running into the new year, renewing expired tax breaks for individuals and businesses and approving a defense policy measure that has passed for more than 50 years in a row.

    Also pending are President Barack Obama’s requests for money to combat Islamic State militants, battle Ebola and deal with the influx of unaccompanied Central American children who have crossed into the U.S.

    Among the lower profile items on the agenda are renewing the government’s terrorism risk insurance program and extending the ban on state and federal taxes on access to the Internet.

    Obama’s move to protect millions of immigrants from deportation proceedings and make them eligible for work permits appears to have made it more difficult to navigate the must-do items through a Capitol where cooperation already was in short supply.

    The No. 1 item is preventing a government closure when a temporary funding measure expires Dec. 11. The House and Senate Appropriations committees are negotiating a $1 trillion-plus spending bill for the budget year that began Oct. 1 and are promising to have it ready by the week of Dec. 8.

    For more: http://politics.suntimes.com/article/washington/congress-cramming-its-unfinished-agenda-final-days/sun-11302014-1135am

  4. Obama to Hold White House Meetings about Ferguson

    December 01, 2014 9:23 AM VOA News

    President Barack Obama is to discuss the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, with his Cabinet, civil rights leaders, law enforcement officials and others at the White House on Monday.

    The meeting will focus on a review of federal programs that provide military-style equipment to law enforcement agencies.

    Later, Obama meets young civil rights leaders to discuss the challenges posed by “mistrust between law enforcement and communities of color.”

    He also plans to meet government and law enforcement officials, as well as community leaders, to discuss how to strengthen neighborhoods.

    Protests have continued in Ferguson since a grand jury’s decision last week not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black.

    Since August, roughly 300 people have been arrested amid the protests, which have been marred by looting and arson attacks.

    Those arrested face charges of unlawful assembly and trespassing, interfering with police activity and resisting arrest, as well as felonies, including second-degree burglary, arson, unlawful firearm possession and assault.

    Also Monday in the southern city of Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is to meet with law enforcement officials and city leaders to discuss ways to improve relations between law enforcement and the community.

    • FACT SHEET: Strengthening Community Policing

      Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and around the country have highlighted the importance of strong, collaborative relationships between local police and the communities they protect. As the nation has observed, trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system, and the safe and effective delivery of policing services.

      In August, President Obama ordered a review of federal funding and programs that provide equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies (LEAs). Today, the Obama Administration released its eview: Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition, and the President is also taking a number of steps to strengthen community policing and fortify the trust that must exist between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

      White House Review: Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition

      Today, the White House released its review which provides details on the programs that have expanded over decades across multiple federal agencies that support the acquisition of equipment from the federal government to LEAs.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/01/fact-sheet-strengthening-community-policing

    • 12:00 PM
      President Obama meets with members of his Cabinet to discuss federal programs and funding that provide equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies
      The Roosevelt Room

    • 2:00 PM
      President Obama meets with young local and national civil rights leaders
      Oval Office

    • President Obama Discusses Communities and Law Enforcement Working Together

      Published on Dec 1, 2014

      On December 1, 2014, President Obama met with elected officials, community and faith leaders, and law envorcement officials to talk about how communities and law enforcement can build trust and work together.

    • Holder announces plan to target racial profiling

      12/1/14 By KATE BRUMBACK – Associated Press

      ATLANTA (AP) — Speaking at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta — the church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached — U.S. Attorney General on Monday said he will soon unveil long-planned Justice Department guidance days aimed at ending racial profiling.

      Holder traveled to Atlanta to meet with law enforcement and community leaders for the first in a series of regional meetings around the country. The president asked Holder to set up the meetings in the wake of clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri.

      “In the coming days, I will announce updated Justice Department guidance regarding profiling by federal law enforcement. This will institute rigorous new standards — and robust safeguards — to help end racial profiling, once and for all,” Holder said. “This new guidance will codify our commitment to the very highest standards of fair and effective policing.”

      Tensions between police and the community in Ferguson boiled over into violent confrontations in August after a white police officer shot a black teenager. Protests turned violent again last week after a grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

      Holder’s meeting in Atlanta included a closed roundtable discussion with law enforcement and community leaders followed by a public interfaith service and community forum.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/holder-meets-community-leaders-atlanta-004746355.html

      • Following Through After Ferguson

        Following Michael Brown’s tragic death, millions of people across the nation and around the world have focused their attention on unfolding events in Ferguson, both grieving together and making their voices heard.

        In recent days, many have been captivated by ongoing developments, anguished emotions, peaceful protests — and, too often, deeply unfortunate images of unnecessary destruction. And this tragic incident has sparked a necessary, national conversation about the need to ensure trust and build strong relationships between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve.

        Events in Ferguson have revealed a deep distrust between a community and its police force. But this reality is not limited to one location. Other communities around this country know this struggle all too well. And it’s abundantly clear that every single one of us has a role to play in tackling this problem together, as a nation — to identify those things that bind us, and to be honest with one another about the things that continue to divide us.

        In August, President Obama ordered a review of federal funding and programs that provide equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies. Yesterday, the Administration released that review’s findings — and announced key next steps to strengthen the trust in and effectiveness of the policing of our communities.

        Learn more about yesterday’s announcements, and the findings of the Administration’s review.

        Here are the next steps we’re taking:

        1. Creating a new task force to promote the expansion of 21st century community-oriented policing.
        2. Reforming how the federal government equips local law enforcement, particularly with military-style equipment.
        3. Advancing the use of body-worn cameras and promoting proven community policing initiatives.

        For more: http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=54cf7f1d4d411f7d9da58520265bea2333c7076840a2c701bfeaac50f101249013ce0ceacf9e9fb6

  5. Three Steps to Help Protect Your Personal Information on Cyber Monday

    Michael Daniel December 01, 2014 06:00 AM EST

    The Internet is part of everyone’s life, every day. We use the Internet at work, at home, to connect with those close to us, and to buy goods and services. That’s especially the case today, the Monday after Thanksgiving — dubbed “Cyber Monday.”

    Today is far and away the busiest online shopping day of the year. Last year, according to Adobe, online shopping sales were over $2.29 billion for just one day. IBM said that shopping was up 20.6 percent over 2012 and experts expect a rise again this year. Along with increased convenience, shopping online also brings with it the potential for increased risks of theft, fraud, and abuse.

    President Obama is taking action on cybersecurity. His 2013 Executive Order on Cybersecurity created an industry driven Cybersecurity Framework that has helped strengthen our businesses and networks. In October, he signed a consumer financial protection Executive Order that will move the government forward to invest in technologies that increase the financial protection and cybersecurity for everyone.

    READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/12/01/three-steps-help-protect-your-personal-information-cyber-monday

  6. Manufacturing in U.S. Expanded More Than Projected in November

    Dec 1, 2014 7:00 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) – Manufacturing in the U.S. expanded in November at a faster pace than projected, signaling the world’s largest economy is rising above a global slowdown.

    The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index was little changed at 58.7 last month, the second-strongest level since April 2011, compared with 59 in October, the Tempe, Arizona-based group reported today. It exceeded the median forecast of 80 economists surveyed by Bloomberg and readings greater than 50 indicate growth.

    Orders over the past four months have been the strongest in a decade as growing demand from American consumers makes up for any letdown among foreign customers. Continued progress in the labor market and the plunge in gasoline prices may give Americans an even greater ability to spend in coming months, supporting manufacturing as the year draws to a close.

    “ Manufacturing is likely to remain a contributor to the overall pace of expansion,” Russell Price, a senior economist at Ameriprise Financial Inc. in Detroit, said before the report. “The consumer is in good shape and getting better. We still have some positive trends ahead of us in terms of demand.”

    The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a decline to 58. Projections ranged from 54.5 to 61. Manufacturing accounts for about 12 percent of the economy.

    American producers keep powering ahead at the same time their global competitors slow. Factories in Germany, France and Italy unexpectedly shrank last month, according to purchasing managers’ gauges. An index of Chinese manufacturing fell as mandatory plant shutdowns during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum aggravated a pullback in the economy.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-01/manufacturing-in-u-s-expanded-more-than-projected-in-november.html

    • Factories Keep Humming in U.S. Even Amid Global Slowing: Economy

      Dec 1, 2014 9:08 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg
      Manufacturing growth in the U.S. barely skipped a beat in November, holding near the strongest pace in three years, as the world’s largest economy rose above a global slowdown.

      The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index was little changed at 58.7 last month, the second-strongest level since April 2011, compared with 59 in October, the Tempe, Arizona-based group reported today. Readings greater than 50 indicate expansion.

      Orders over the past four months have been the strongest in a decade as growing demand from American clients makes up for any letdown among foreign customers. Figures yesterday showing retailers struggled to lure shoppers during the first weekend of the holiday season raise concern that the pace of growth will be difficult to sustain heading into 2015.

      “Whatever is happening abroad, this sector seems to be shrugging it off,” said Guy Berger, a U.S. economist at RBS Securities Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut, who projected a reading of 58.5. “There’s still a fair amount of momentum in the U.S. manufacturing sector.”

      American producers keep powering ahead at the same time their global competitors slow. Manufacturing in Germany, France and Italy unexpectedly contracted last month, according to purchasing managers’ gauges. An index of Chinese manufacturing fell as mandatory plant shutdowns during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum aggravated a pullback in the economy.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-01/manufacturing-in-u-s-expanded-more-than-projected-in-november.html

  7. Interim NATO force expected next year

    12/1/14 Associated Press By JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO expects to have an interim rapid-reaction force in place by next year to deal with new security challenges in Europe and elsewhere, the alliance’s secretary-general said Monday.

    Jens Stoltenberg said the force would be a provisional step until a full-scale unit can be organized in 2016.

    Stoltenberg said Germany, Norway and the Netherlands have agreed to contribute troops to the initial force. The bigger rapid-reaction force was agreed to at a NATO summit in September as a response to Russian actions in Ukraine.

    The NATO chief met with reporters to preview the agenda of Tuesday’s meeting of alliance foreign ministers in Brussels. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to attend the session, which will cover a broad range of issues, from reviewing actions taken by NATO since the September summit in Wales to NATO’s planned noncombat mission in Afghanistan starting Jan. 1.

    On Wednesday, Kerry will chair a separate meeting at NATO headquarters of countries involved in the campaign against the Islamic State extremist group.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/interim-nato-force-expected-next-095759789.html;_ylt=AwrSyCT4lXxUOmoAu8rQtDMD

    • November 29, 2014

      Statement by the Press Secretary on the Government of Afghanistan’s Approval of the Bilateral Security Agreement and the NATO Status of Forces Agreement

      On Thursday, the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) were both approved by an overwhelming majority vote in the Afghan Parliament. We welcome the approval of these two agreements, which represent an invitation from the Afghan people to strengthen the relationship we have built over the past 13 years. The BSA provides our military service members and civilian personnel the necessary legal framework to carry out two critical non-combat missions after 2014: targeting the remnants of al-Qa`ida and training, advising, and assisting Afghan National Security Forces. The NATO SOFA gives forces from Allied and partner countries the legal protections necessary to carry out the NATO Resolute Support mission when the ISAF mission comes to an end later this year.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/11/29/statement-press-secretary-government-afghanistans-approval-bilateral-sec

  8. December 01, 2014

    Readout of the President’s Call with European Council President Donald Tusk

    President Obama called President Donald Tusk today to congratulate him on his first day as President of the European Council. President Obama underscored the importance of continued U.S.-EU cooperation and noted the need for policy action to strengthen European economic growth. The two leaders affirmed their determination to achieve an ambitious and comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement. They also reiterated the U.S. and EU commitment to work with international financial institutions to provide the financial support Ukraine needs as it stabilizes its economy, implements necessary reforms, and seeks to resolve the conflict in the eastern part of the country. They agreed that sanctions against Russia cannot be eased until Russia meets its commitments under the Minsk agreements, and reiterated the joint U.S. and EU condemnation of Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea. The leaders assessed what further actions may be necessary in response to Russia’s destabilizing actions in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. They also discussed combined efforts to support governments in western Africa as they seek to arrest the spread of Ebola, provide treatment to those infected, and partner on global health security.

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