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Friday October 23rd, 2020 evening edition

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Police in Sri Lanka are employing inhuman ways to confirm whether a man has engaged in gay sex, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Sri Lanka, an island nation of 21 million people, criminalizes “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” and “gross indecency between persons.”.

The law emanates from Sections 365 and 365A of the Penal Code, which the British passed in 1883 during its colonial rule.

If convicted, offenders may face up to 10 years in prison and pay an ordered amount in fines.

When searching for evidence, Sri Lankan police allegedly whip suspects with wires before performing anal probes, using either their fingers or some other tools.

“Sri Lanka’s Justice Ministry should immediately bar judicial medical officers from conducting forced anal examinations, which flagrantly violate medical ethics as well as basic rights.”.

Aside from gay sex, Sri Lanka also prohibits LGBTQ people from serving in the military, donating blood and adopting children. »

Patreon is banning QAnon conspiracy theorists, joining a growing group of tech companies taking action against the movement

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Patreon, the membership platform where fans can support creators through subscriptions, announced Thursday that the QAnon conspiracy theory would be banned.

A Media Matters for America reporter recently found that 14 QAnon-related influencers were using Patreon to make money.

Patreon is the latest tech company to take action on the QAnon conspiracy theory, announcing in a blog post Thursday morning that creators promoting the movement would be banned from the platform. »

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana ­– A first-of-its-kind global survey shows the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdown dramatically altered our personal habits, largely for the worse.

Our anxiety levels doubled,” said Leanne Redman, PhD, Associate Executive Director for Scientific Education at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

The global survey evaluated the inadvertent changes in health behaviors that took place under the pandemic’s widespread restrictions. »