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DUBLIN, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Ireland on Monday introduced a change to the blood donor deferral policy, according to a cabinet minister.

This change will see the lifting of the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM), Irish Health Minister Simon Harris said, adding that a man who last had sex with another man more than 12 months ago will now be able to donate blood if he meets the other blood donor selection criteria.

In a statement, Harris also welcomed Monday's introduction of an additional deferral from blood donation of those with a history of specific notifiable sexually transmitted infections for five years from completion of treatment of that infection.

This change in deferral policy relating to MSM follows detailed consideration of the issues involved over the past two years.

This process included the hosting, by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS), of an international symposium in April 2016, where experts from seven countries who had either changed, or were in the process of changing, their deferral policy from a lifetime ban for MSM as blood donors, presented their respective stances, research and the rationale behind their decisions.

The change to a one-year deferral for MSM is supported by the most current scientific evidence available and brings Ireland into line with similar policies in the UK, Canada and elsewhere.

In Ireland, only 3 percent of its eligible population are active blood donors, yet one in four people will require a blood transfusion at some time in their lives, the Irish minister said, urging all the eligible to consider donation.


MACAO Darlington Nagbe USA Jersey , Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Macao's labor market kept stable in June and August as its general unemployment rate for that period stood at 2.0 percent, the same level with May and July, the special administrative region's statistics department said on Thursday.

Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that the general unemployment rate for June and August 2017 held stable as in the previous period (May and July 2017), at 2.0 percent; the unemployment rate of local residents was 2.7 percent, down by 0.1 percentage point. Meanwhile, the underemployment rate was 0.5 percent Danny Williams USA Jersey , up by 0.1 percentage point.

Total labor force was 392,100 and the labor force participation rate stood at 71.5 percent. Total employment was 384,200 and employed residents totaled 283,800, up by 100 and 1,200 respectively from the previous period. Analysed by industry DaMarcus Beasley USA Jersey , employment in gaming and junket activities registered an increase, while that in hotels, restaurants and similar activities, wholesale and retail trade, construction showed decreases.

Number of the unemployed was 7,900 Clint Dempsey USA Jersey , down by 100 from the previous period. Fresh labor force entrants searching for their first job accounted for 17.2 percent of the total unemployed, up by 2.0 percentage points.

In comparison with June and August 2016, the labor force participation rate dropped by 1.2 percentage points, while both the unemployment rate and the underemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage point.

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KIEV, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- An exhibition of masterpieces of Chinese and Ukrainian artists was held here Wednesday to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, which falls on Sunday.

Themed "Peace and Friendship," the exhibition was also organized to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Ukraine.

The exhibition featured more than 60 pieces of art works painted by 24 Chinese and 20 Ukrainian artists in different genres Christian Pulisic USA Jersey , such as portraiture, landscape, still life and others.

Zhai Runan, secretary of the Beijing-based Peace Tour Cultural Exchange Center, an organizer of the exhibition from the Chinese side, said the show Chris Wondolowski USA Jersey , the first of of its kind held in Ukraine, is aimed at promoting the peaceful development of the international community.

"Ukraine now is in urgent need of peace. And we brought the Chinese artists here so that they could use their brushes to express their hope for peace," Zhai said.

Chinese artist Liu Kongxi, a participant of the exhibition, said he hoped the art collection, which shows daily life Chris Pontius USA Jersey , would help Ukrainian and Chinese people better understand each other and learn more about each other's cultures.

"It is very important that the delegation of Chinese artists has come to Ukraine, to display their works and simultaneously see the works of Ukrainian artists. It is helping strengthen our friendship," Liu said.

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