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Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them.
At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today.
For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.
While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.
Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry.
It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.
The world has changed so much since I was a kid. America is moving toward marriage equality, and the public figures who have bravely come out have helped change perceptions and made our culture more tolerant. Still, there are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation.
I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.
I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it. I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That’s what our employees deserve—and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too. Part of social progress is understanding that a person is not defined only by one’s sexuality, race, or gender. I’m an engineer, an uncle, a nature lover, a fitness nut, a son of the South, a sports fanatic, and many other things. I hope that people will respect my desire to focus on the things I’m best suited for and the work that brings me joy.
The company I am so fortunate to lead has long advocated for human rights and equality for all. We’ve taken a strong stand in support of a workplace equality bill before Congress, just as we stood for marriage equality in our home state of California. And we spoke up in Arizona when that state’s legislature passed a discriminatory bill targeting the gay community. We’ll continue to fight for our values, and I believe that any CEO of this incredible company, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, would do the same. And I will personally continue to advocate for equality for all people until my toes point up.
When I arrive in my office each morning, I’m greeted by framed photos of Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. I don’t pretend that writing this puts me in their league. All it does is allow me to look at those pictures and know that I’m doing my part, however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.
The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RMB) has predicted that there will be a significant rise in numbers of people who will be accessing life and property insurance services in the next five to 10 years in the country.
This comes as the central bank disclosed that a recent survey revealed that only about three percent of Malawians have their lives or property insured.
Deputy Governor for RBM responsible for supervision Grant Kabango said the country registers low numbers as insurance services are not well understood among most Malawians.
Kabango made the remarks after the official opening of the 2014 Financial Literacy Week being observed under the theme ‘Building a Financially Literate Nation’.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), the deputy governor said among other objectives planned in this year’s financial literacy week, stakeholders in the insurance business will take time to educate people on the importance and advantages of having insurance.
We are hoping that we will improve from the three percent you have heard of and we are very confident on this because you might be aware that previously the insurance companies were never regulated by RBM but now these companies are being regulated by the RBM.
We believe that with the efforts that the insurance companies have been putting together and also what the RBM is doing, we should be able to disseminate information regarding insurance whether it be life or property insurance. In this case, we expect the numbers to increase in the next five to ten years, said Kabango.
The which financial literacy week is meant to accord the general public with information on services that are provided by various financial institutions like banks, insurance companies, pension institutions amongst others.
This year’s event was officially opened by Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe at Community Centre Ground in Lilongwe.
The Financial Literacy Week will be observed from October 27-31. Among other activities, there will be walk in clinics of various financial institutions and mobile outreach programmes.
Nankhumwa receiving Cashgate report from Minister of Justice
Malawi’s Minister of Justice Sam Tembenu said Cashgate Report compiled by UK auditing firm Baker Tilly was ready for release on 25 September 2014 but government has been consulting with law enforcement officers who have given them a go ahead to make it public.
Tembenu who was accompanied by Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa said he was addressing the Press in Lilongwe today.
“It a matter of public interest, that is why government has made a decision to release the report to end public speculation on what is contained in the report,” said Tembenu adding the report is not necessarily about names but what happened leading up to looting of public funds that resulted in the loss of about $100m.
Tembenu says the report was meant for Malawi law enforcement agencies who have already started doing their work– in making arrests of those involved in the looting.
Malawi with financial assistance from the Germany government wants its National Audit Office to carry out a comprehensive audit report dating back to 2010.
Malawi Police inspector Lot Dzonzi has condemned the police exercise of brutal acts on Malawians in their line of duty.
The law does not allow police officers to use force in some instances, there are legal limitations as to where their freedom can go, said Dzonzi.
“Yes the law does not allow us to use force in some occasions, it also allows us to use weapons such as guns, but not every situation, as a matter of fact, guns are to be used for disabling and not hurting people. Policemen are however not allowed to exercise brutal measures on people unnecessarily,” explained the inspector.
It is the duty of every policeman to protect and not instil fear in the citizens it protects. Policemen are hired to secure the well being of all citizens, said the IG.
“When people see a policeman they are supposed to feel safe and not the other way around,” said Dzonzi.
The IG further exclaimed that proper measure will be taken on all policemen found guilty of unnecessarily hurting Malawian.
“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of mobile police officers for how dedicated they have been during and after the May 20 elections despite the limited resources that they have. Likewise I would like to thank the Crime Investigative Department for their tireless efforts to curb crime,” he explained.
President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on Friday will attend Toyota Malawi 50 years anniversary celebrations at Sunbird Capital Hotel Marquee in Lilongwe.
This has been disclosed in a Press Statement released from the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) signed Presidential Press Secretary Frederick Ndala.
According to the statement, the function will start at 9am not 2pm as earlier communicated.
Mutharika is expected to arrive at the venue at 9am.
Below is the statement……
State House wishes to inform the public that President Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika will attend Toyota Malawi 5o years anniversary celebrations at Sunbird Capital Hotel Marquee in Lilongwe on Friday 31st October, 2014.
The President is expected to arrive at the venue at 9am.
All invited guests to the function are asked to take note of the changes in the starting time of the event which is 9am and not 2pm as was previously indicated.
Malawi Police have recorded an 8 percent in high impact crimes such as robberies, murder, theft of motor vehicles, rape and illegal possession of fire arms since January 2014.
FaceofMalawi speaking to Deputy National Police spokesperson Mable Msefula revealed that since the beginning of the year there have been 922 registered crimes as compared to last years 1140 during the same period.
The decrease is a fact that Malawians are becoming more responsive through reporting of people suspected of committing crimes apart from intensified patrols particularly in the cities.
Msefula however revealed to our FOM reporters that defilement cases are high as a result of lack of proper parental care on children.
“Parents need to be careful on whom they trust with their children as we have noticed that it is close people like uncles that do this practice,” she said.
71 defilement cases have been registered while during the same period last year the country recorded 110 cases.