Ottawa willing to explore scrapping Indian Act Aboriginal Affairs department Penashue

first_imgAPTN National NewsMONCTON,NB.-The federal government is willing to explore scrapping the Indian Act and the department of Aboriginal Affairs if that is the will of First Nations chiefs, according to Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue.Assembly of First National national Chief Shawn Atleo made the call to scrap the Indian Act and the Aboriginal Affairs department on the first day of the organization’s gathering.The AFN released a document Tuesday broadly outlining a plan to replace the department and the Indian Act with a new agreement between First Nations and the Crown that would create a new way to deliver services to First Nations citizens.Penashue, who was asked by the prime minister to attend the Assembly of First Nations’ annual gathering, said the federal government was currently focused on improving and amending the Indian Act to better the dire situation facing many First Nations communities.The former Innu leader and lone Conservative MP from Newfoundland and Labrador, however, said the government would explore Atleo’s ambitious goals.“(Atleo) is the national chief and he has the assembly of chiefs working under him and if that is the direction he is looking to go then obviously it has to be explored,” said Penashue. “From a governmental point of view, the most important thing is that we work toward supporting and improving what is in the Indian Act, and amendments to the Indian Act, so we can make the process work more effectively for First Nations right across the country.”Penashue said he was involved in plans to hold a historic gathering between First Nations leaders and the prime minister.Atleo has indicated he believes the meeting will be pivotal moment in the relationship between First Nations and Canada and he expects the meeting to be a major step toward his stated mission to radically alter the structural and political relationship between Ottawa and First Nations.Penashue said he expects Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan will be open to Atleo’s proposals.“That the national chief is proposing a different route and a new initiative, that is something that has be looked at and I am sure the prime minister and the Aboriginal Affairs minister will look at it in that context,” said Penashue. “The assembly will decide what their national strategy is, their national chief says he is interested in abolishing the Indian Act, that is the assembly’s position (and) the government will take it and see how we can best deal with the Constitutional responsibilities.”Penashue spoke briefly to the chiefs on Wednesday, delivering a prepared message on behalf of Duncan, who was unable to attend.Atleo, playing a single beat on a drum, sang Penashue a prayer song.“I find it remarkable that in minister Penashue we have a former grand chief and deputy grand chief who is now a minister of the Crown and we welcome him and invite and welcome him back to the assembly that also belongs to him as an Innu man,” said Atleo.last_img read more


Husky taking steps to resume SeaRose operations two months after oil spill

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Canadian oil and gas company says it’s working to reassure regulators that they can resume safe operations, two months after a massive oil spill at one of their offshore oil production sites.Work at the site of Husky Energy’s SeaRose production vessel has been halted since an estimated 250,000 litres of oil spilled into the ocean on Nov. 16 at the White Rose oilfield, about 350 kilometres off the coast of St. John’s, N.L.In a release on Friday, Husky says the company could begin flushing and leak testing of the central drill centre as early as this weekend, weather depending.Husky says it’s working with the coast guard, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, and other bodies to finalize a plan to recover the platform’s flowline connector and plug the flowline.The company submitted a preliminary report to the board in December, saying the initial release of oil occurred over 20 minutes when crews were troubleshooting a drop in flowline pressure, and a retest led to a second release lasting about 15 minutes.The spill, considered the largest in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history, has renewed calls for the government to take a fresh look at how the province regulates the offshore industry.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Akashi appreciates efforts to achieve national reconciliation

Ambassador Yasushi Akashi, Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace- building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, has appreciated the efforts of the new Government to achieve national reconciliation.He said this when he met the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva in Japan, the Foreign Ministry said today. During the visit, the Deputy Minister also had bilateral discussion with his counterpart Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary vice Minister for Foreign Affairs.They exchanged views on areas of mutual interest including trade, investment, development cooperation, maritime security and defense cooperation between the two countries. The Deputy Minister also met with Takayuki Ueda, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan. In response, Ambassador Akashi appreciated the efforts of the new Government to achieve national reconciliation and stated that that the Government of Japan would extend its fullest support to Sri Lanka in the reconciliation process. Dr. Harsha de Silva briefed Akashi on the measures being taken by the Government of Sri Lanka on the reconciliation process. Madam Yuko Obuchi, Secretary General of Japan-Sri Lanka Parliamentary League also called on the Deputy Minister during the visit and they discussed on the areas of mutual interest.The Deputy Minister also met with Hideaki Domichi, Senior Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Satoshi Shimomura, Executive Vice President, and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Norihiro Kono, President of Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA) and briefed on the favorable investment climate in Sri Lanka and invited foreign direct investments. Deputy Minister also attended the meeting arranged by Haruo Tanabe, Managing Director of Hitachi Corporation. The discussion was focused on advancing the Metro transportation and connectivity in the country. The Company highlighted the possibility of introducing Japanese Technology in the areas of Transportation, Communication and Power Systems and their willingness to enhance the cooperation with Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more


Womans 65yearold wedding ring stolen from her hand in Simcoe

The Ontario Provincial Police is looking for two women who stole a bracelet, necklace and a 65-year-old wedding ring from an elderly woman while she was wearing them.Police say the senior was pushing her walker on the sidewalk on Robinson St. in Simcoe when an older model, black vehicle stopped in front of her. Two females got out and approached the woman. They began removing a bracelet from her wrist, a necklace and the victim’s wedding ring. The duo gave the woman two large gold chains, got back inside their vehicle and fled the scene. Police believe a male was driving the get-away vehicle. OPP says the items are worth more than $3,000. The bracelet is described as yellow gold with emerald and diamond squares encircling the entire wrist. The necklace is a wide, yellow gold heart-shaped pendant, with diamond chips on the outline of a gold heart. The wedding band is 65-years-old and is a wide, yellow gold wedding band with diamond chips embedded on the outer edge of the entire ring.Anyone with information that could help police with this investigation is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more


Kerry pushes Asia trade agreement in Singapore before regional security meeting in

SINGAPORE – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Tuesday for countries negotiating a major Pacific Rim trade deal to overcome differences that have stalled its conclusion.Speaking in Singapore, Kerry said the so-called “Trans Pacific Partnership” would benefit the people of all nations involved and serve as a model for responsible global industry and commerce. His address at Singapore Management University comes just days after trade ministers failed to bridge final gaps and seal the accord at talks in Hawaii.Kerry acknowledged the difficulties in finalizing the deal, but said its completion would mark a major milestone for the international economy. The countries involved in the talks represent about 40 per cent of the global economy.“As with any complex negotiation … there remain details to be hashed out, but the reasons why each of the TPP countries is pressing on to work through tough negotiations or even some of the most sensitive areas of the negotiations are very, very clear,” Kerry said, touting the agreement as one which would improve working conditions and wages, raise environmental standards, combat corruption and protect intellectual property rights.“Because major economies are committing to TPP’s high standards, its influence will be felt not just in the region but beyond,” he said. “It will send a message to people within the TPP and outside of support for good governance, transparency, and accountability.”The TPP is a central element of the Obama administration’s efforts to boost U.S. influence in Asia and to serve as an economic counterweight to China.The negotiations, which failed Thursday at the talks in Hawaii, are aimed at erasing most tariffs and other barriers to trade and investment among participants. It would also clarify and standardize trade rules, making it easier for companies to sell goods and services in the Pacific Rim. The talks have addressed tariffs on autos, rice and dairy products, as well as intellectual property protections for pharmaceuticals.But critics have complained that the deal is being negotiated in secret and that it favours multinational corporations over workers and consumers.The agreement was proposed by Chile, New Zealand and Singapore in 2002, but Washington has taken the lead in promoting it since joining the talks in 2008. Participants include the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.To complement the eventual trade deal, Kerry also called for additional efforts to promote sustainable energy, and to combat climate change, which he said threatens the world’s prosperity.“Climate change is a danger to us all, but it is also an opportunity for us all to make the right choices,” he said.From Singapore, Kerry travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, later Tuesday to participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ annual security forum at which China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea will be a major focus, despite Chinese objections.Earlier Monday, Filipino Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario said the United States and the Philippines will call for a stop to island-building work, military deployments and other aggressive actions that raise tensions in the sea.As they have for several years, tensions between China and its smaller neighbours, including the Philippines, over maritime disputes will be a major topic of discussion. The U.S. takes no position in the disputes but wants them settled amicably and says it has a national security interest in maintaining stability in the region.China and five other claimants have competing claims to all or part of the South China Sea, home to rich fishing grounds, potentially significant mineral reserves and some of the world’s most crucial shipping lanes. China has been on an island-building spree in the disputed waters that has rattled its neighbours and strained relations between Washington and Beijing.U.S. officials say the meeting in Kuala Lumpur will be an opportunity for the Chinese to hear from many of the 10 ASEAN members, as well as Kerry, about the need for restraint.“There’s a broad consensus on the need to tap the brakes, so to speak, when it comes to exploitation or reclamation of the land features in the South China Sea,” one official said. “This is a forum where the Chinese will hear for themselves what their neighbours and their foreign partners think about both their activities and about their actions.”Last week, China’s Defence Ministry accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea as Beijing makes increasingly bold moves to assert its claim to virtually all of the sea’s waters, islands and reefs.The rejoinder was prompted by comments critical of the island building by the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, who warned that such work undermines international norms that have long governed the global economy and political order.The Defence Ministry said U.S. close-in reconnaissance of Chinese armed forces, frequent military exercises and strengthened military alliances with the Philippines and other nations are raising tensions and creating risks of incidents in the air and at sea. by Matthew Lee, The Associated Press Posted Aug 4, 2015 12:40 am MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 1:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kerry pushes Asia trade agreement in Singapore before regional security meeting in Malaysia read more


Michael Phelps Sets Olympics Medals Record in London

For all the buzz about what Michael Phelps had not done, it is equally buzzing about what he accomplished on Tuesday in London. After a disappointing silver-medal placement in the 200-meter butterfly earlier Tuesday, Phelps returned to the water to anchor the history-making 200-freestyle relay team to the gold medal. The final 10 meters of the race were like the leaders of the Masters walking up the 18th fairway toward the green. It was a coronation.Phelps held onto a significant lead and delivered the United States another gold medal – the 15th of his career and the 19th time he has stood on an Olympic podiumHe’s now alone in the overall medal count, having broken a tie with Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina as the most-decorated athlete in the history of the Games.Phelps entered the night with 17 medals, wining silver in the 200-meter butterfly and then gold in the 4×200, swimming the two races a little over one hour apart.Shortly before Tuesday night’s swim meet, Latynina told Yahoo! Sports that the medals she also won as a coach still separate her from Phelps.“Do I think I am still the greatest Olympian?” she said in an interview translated by a Russian gymnastics federation official. “Why yes, but that is my opinion.“Why do I think this? Well, I did not only compete in three Olympic Games and won many medals, but the Soviet Union team had very great success when I was the coach.”Latynina won nine golds and 18 total medals in her career that spanned three Olympics, from 1956-64. The Soviet Union also claimed another 10 golds when she was coach during the 1970s. She also said Phelps has her respect.“It is special what he has done,” Latynina said.In a tribute to Phelps and recognizing the speed he showed in the 4×100 relay earlier in the games, U.S. coaches shuffled their 4×200 order, placing Phelps in the closing leg. It unfolded as dramatically as you would expect, with Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens giving Phelps a sizable lead going into the final 200-meters. Phelps went into the pool and was never challenged, stretching the lead in the first 150 meters and then going into the wall nearly 10-meters ahead of the French. read more


Commentary an athletes ability not sexuality needs to be focus

Courtesy of MCTThe LGBT rights movement seems to slowly but surely be making progress in the United States. Same-sex marriage is only legalized in nine states and the District of Columbia, but three of those states voted to legalize marriage in the 2012 elections. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court is currently debating the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, which both define marriage as only between a man and a woman.While many politicians, entertainment and TV personalities have revealed their homosexuality in recent years and have received widespread support from their peers, the world of sports, and in particular men’s sports, has not progressed as quickly.The civil rights movement toward LGBT acceptance within sports took a big step forward on Monday, when NBA center Jason Collins became the first active player to come out as gay in one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL).“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” Collins wrote to open a cover story for Sports Illustrated that was published online Monday.In one sentence, Collins broke a longstanding barrier within men’s professional team sports. While there have been athletes in all four major sports leagues to reveal their homosexuality after retiring from professional sports, none has come out with the intent of continuing their career in professional sports.“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport,” Collins wrote in Sports Illustrated. “But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation.”Collins is a 12-year NBA veteran who has played for six different teams, has scored more than 2,500 points and grabbed more than 2,500 rebounds in his career, and is known for being a physical player — Collins led the NBA with 322 personal fouls for the 2004-05 season.Being gay didn’t stop him from doing any of that.There is one caveat in Collins’ status as an active professional athlete: he may never play another NBA game. As a member of two different teams (Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards) this season, he scored just 41 points in 38 games, and he will be a free agent this summer.It shouldn’t matter.The fact that Collins is revealing his homosexuality, having played in the NBA and still intending to play in the NBA, is a step forward in itself. Even more importantly, Collins has received support publicly from numerous current and former NBA star players, including Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Shaquille O’Neal and Magic Johnson.“Jason’s sexuality doesn’t change the fact that he is a great friend and was a great teammate,” Kidd, who is currently a New York Knicks point guard and previously played for the New Jersey Nets with Collins, tweeted Monday.Collins’ supporters have ranged far and wide, also including Michelle Obama, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and former Columbus Crew soccer player Robbie Rogers, who came out as gay in February but also retired simultaneously.Kluwe is the co-author of an amicus brief titled “Athletes’ Brief,” along with NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (who also tweeted his support for Collins on Monday), that was sent to the Supreme Court in March in petition opposing Proposition 8, and was signed by a number of professional athletes and sports-related figures who support marriage equality.The NFL has not had any active player come out as gay yet, but during an event at OSU on April 8, Kluwe said he thinks the issue will “blow over in a month or two” once one NFL player does come out as gay.“The first guy or guys that come out, yeah, there’s going to be some attention, but after that, no one will care,” Kluwe said. “Then it becomes, how well can you play football, which is the way it should be.”Now that a male professional athlete in a major sport has come out as gay, we get to find out whether the issue will “blow over” quickly.Earlier this month, Brittney Griner acknowledged her own homosexuality in an interview with Sports Illustrated after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft.“I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So, it wasn’t hard at all. If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way,” Griner told Sports Illustrated.Griner’s acknowledgement did not receive nearly the attention that Collins’ story did on Monday. Women’s sports, however, has had a precedent of star athletes being openly gay, including three-time WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes and tennis legends Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.Regardless of whether Collins plays another NBA game or not, his revelation has set that precedent for male professional athletes.Between Collins, Griner and Rogers all acknowledging their homosexuality within the past three months, the hope is that more professional athletes who are closeted homosexuals will feel comfortable being open about their own sexuality.Furthermore, the support they have received from not only the sports community, but the community at large, should provide an inspiration for LGBT athletes at all levels to embrace who they are, and know that there are many members of the community who will support them for being who they are.If the current trend continues, we may not be too far removed from a nation where being a homosexual athlete is no longer a story, and we will be able to focus simply upon how well an athlete, regardless of their sexuality, can play their sport. That is, like Kluwe said, the way it should be. read more


Roddy Collins I can take stick but when I see my kids

first_imgUpdated at 12.15FORMER DERRY CITY boss Roddy Collins has said the personal nature of some of the attacks aimed at his family left him feeling “very upset” following his departure from the club.Speaking on Newstalk’s Off the Ball, Collins said the abuse had affected his family significantly.“My kids took a bit of abuse so I had to take them out of school. I can take stick, but when I see my kids and wife taking it, that galls me.“It was very difficult last week, because the kids were extremely upset and when they’re upset, I’m very upset. They’re my priority.”Collins was reluctant to go into too much detail about his departure, but absolved Derry chairman Philip O’Doherty from blame, calling him “an honest man” and the “best chairman I’ve ever worked with”.He called Derry a “fantastic club” but refused to say whether the players had shown him adequate support.“There are people within the game who have different agendas for their own gain,” he added. “Maybe they’re desperate to stay in the game. And they use whatever influence they have to undermine a manager or assistant manager. They’re the ones that won’t sleep at night. I have no problem sleeping at night.”He insisted that he had done a reasonable job at Derry under the circumstances, explaining that the side were hampered by a difficult early-season fixture list.He also suggested his unwillingness to bow to the demands of outside influences may have cost him his job and added that he was keen to continue in football management.“I have great belief in what I do — I’ll never pick a team on the advice of supporters or the media, and that’s probably the sword I fell on.“I’m ready to go. I believe I’ve done nothing wrong. I don’t doubt my own ability.“If an opportunity arrives [in management], I’m ready to go straight back in.”Listen to the full interview here>Ledwith and North on target as Sligo win in Athlone>Cork City keep title run on track with win in Limerick>last_img read more


Commodity Classic Booklet Now Available Online

first_imgThere are less than two weeks until the 2014 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas—but if you’d like a preview of what’s on schedule for this year, you can check out the trade show program online now. Click here to visit the Commodity Classic website and view the booklet so you can mark your calendar for the Early Riser, “What’s New” sessions, evening entertainment and other events you’d like to attend.Also, see maps of the trade show floor and a list of exhibitors and speakers.last_img read more


NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time/Part-Time Member Services Representative at Planet FitnessFull-Time/Part-Time Overnight Closer at Planet FitnessFull-Time/Part-Time Fitness Trainer at Planet FitnessFull-Time Sanitation Worker at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Manufacturing Technician (Inspector) at AMETEK, Inc.Part-Time Warehouse Package Handler at FedExFull-Time Rx Authorization Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Onboarding Coordinator at AmetrosFull-Time Food & Beverage Team Leader at TargetPart-Time Cashier at Panera Bread(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more


Avengers Endgame director would take on Batman movie

first_img 17 Photos DC Comics Marvel Batman The Avengers Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… Would Joe Russo take Batman back down the Christian Bale route? DC Comics/Ron Phillips Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo wouldn’t mind a trip to Gotham City’s mean streets.Russo, who directed the MCU mega-hit with his brother Anthony, was happy to answer a fan’s query about which DC character he’d like to direct. The query came during a Q&A session with our sister site on Sunday.”As far as what I collected as a kid, I collected Batman. [That] was one of the DC characters I collected,” Russo said. “So it would have to be Batman.”The Caped Crusader’s next cinematic outing, The Batman, is expected to open in 2021 from director Matt Reeves. Ben Affleck, who played the character in Batman vs Superman, Suicide Squad and Justice League, won’t be returning to the role.His nemesis, the Joker, will get a solo outing in October.Russo didn’t make any more comments about his DC hopes, but did offer some MCU tidbits — apparently some drafts of Endgame predecessor Avengers: Infinity War gave us more of archvillain Thanos’ past. 3:14 “You saw him as a child, you saw him try to convince his planet that it was doomed and recommend that they randomly kill half the population to save the planet,” the director told “He gets sent to a prison off-planet and eventually watches the planet destroy itself.”This 10-minute sequence wasn’t in the movie, but Russo noted that he pitched these details to Josh Brolin so the actor could have them in mind as he crafted the character.First published at 3:18 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:06 a.m. PT: Adds more Batman details, Thanos angle. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Every Batman that matters, ranked TV and Movies Comics Share your voice null 0last_img read more


JJ Abrams and his son are making a SpiderMan miniseries

first_img 0 Spider-Man: Far From Home — Everything to know J.J. and Henry Abrams are writing a Spider-Man adventure together. Marvel Comics Marvel created a tangled web with a cryptic Twitter countdown teaser in the last few days, but time’s up and the secret’s out. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams teamed up with his 20-year-old son Henry to write a Spider-Man comic book miniseries. It’ll kick off in September and introduce new villain Cadaverous to the webslinger’s rogues gallery. Post a comment spider-man-jj-henry-abrams-1175754The cover, by Olivier Coipel, gives us a hint of the Cadaverous looming over Spidey and MJ. Marvel Comics Cadaverous will cause problems for Spidey, his alter ego Peter Parker and his beloved Mary Jane Watson, according to The New York Times. The Abrams pair is working with Sara Pichelli, the first artist to depict Miles Morales, and colorist Dave Stewart on the five-issue series.The excited father and son team revealed the project in a video.”It’s just so exciting, I can’t believe it’s happening … thank you, so much,” a nervous Henry says.Marvel Editor Nick Lowe first pitched the project to the elder Abrams 10 years ago, but his son proved to be the key.”A year or so ago, I started talking about it with Henry and it sort of happened organically. And that has been the joy of this,” J.J. told the Times.”Even though I’ve been talking to Nick for a long time, weirdly, this feels like it just sort of evolved from the conversations of Henry and I, having ideas that got us excited and Nick being open to the collaboration.” 21 Photos Summer movie preview: Aladdin, Spider-Man, Tarantino and more Tagscenter_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 1:20 They are introducing a new villain, Cadaverous, who will cause problems for Spider-Man, his alter-ego, Peter Parker, and his beloved Mary Jane Watson, in a five-part series arriving in September.In the meantime, Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters next week and it’s great, so there’s plenty of wall-crawling action to keep you going until September. TV and Movies Comics Marvel Spiderman Star Warslast_img read more


YouTube Sets Slate of Pride Month LGBTQ Documentaries Featuring Troye Sivan Gigi

first_img Related Popular on Variety The film, directed by two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple, portrays the intimate journey of Gigi Lazzarato. She began life as Gregory Lazzarato, posting beauty and fashion videos to YouTube from his bedroom, before coming out in 2013 as a transgender female to millions of fans. Executive produced by SelectNext, the film made its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.YouTube for years has touted its platform as providing a place for LGBTQ people to share their stories and connect with others. Two years ago, it triggered a backlash from the community after the discovery that YouTube’s Restricted Mode option was blocking videos with LGBTQ themes (including a lesbian couple reading wedding vows to each other). YouTube said it had been “unintentionally” filtering out the content and said it updated its systems to fix the issue.As part of announcing the 2019 Pride Month lineup, YouTube released a new trailer for “State of Pride” (watch below or at this link): ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 YouTube is unfurling the rainbow flag for Pride Month, set to release a trio of original documentary films available for free worldwide on the platform.The lineup includes “State of Pride,” from Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, premiering May 29; “Stonewall Outloud,” from StoryCorps and World of Wonder, premiering June 26; and “This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous,” the 2017 doc about the transgender female YouTube fashion and beauty vlogger, which YouTube will make available free to watch from June 5-30.YouTube’s strategy going forward is to make all originals available on the free, ad-supported side, in some cases only in certain windows outside the paywall.“State of Pride,” which YouTube announced last year, features Raymond Braun — who previously led YouTube’s LGBTQ outreach efforts — as he travels to Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Tuscaloosa, Ala., to interview a diverse group of young LGBTQ+ people 50 years after the movement’s seminal uprising at Stonewall Inn in New York City.center_img Silicon Valleywood: Content Creators Discuss if Storytelling is Driven by Data One of Braun’s subjects is Troye Sivan, the South African-born singer, songwriter, actor and YouTube creator who has helped define the LGBTQ+ experience for a new generation. “State of Pride” also includes original performances by the 23-year-old singer. “People have been doing this for a long time,” Sivan says in the film, referring to the community’s decades-long fight for civil rights. “We owe it to our elders that we get to be here today.”The documentary is directed by Epstein and Friedman, developed and produced by digital studio Portal A. “State of Pride” had its world premiere the opening night of SXSW 2019. “We’re honored to tell these stories that capture what Pride means to young people today, and to work alongside legendary directors like Rob and Jeff,” said Nate Houghteling, Portal A co-founder and executive producer.“Stonewall Outloud” is based on the public-radio documentary by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay. Broadcast on NPR in 1989, “Remembering Stonewall” was the first documentary on the 1969 event. The new YouTube documentary will bring the original audio recording to life with contemporary voices in the LGBTQ community, featuring YouTube creators and celebrities (who are yet to be announced). “Stonewall Outloud” is slated to premiere June 26, exclusively on the World of Wonder YouTube channel. The documentary is directed and produced by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey of World of Wonder, whose other productions include long-running reality TV series “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”“We believe we stand on the shoulders of our elders. Without their bravery and sacrifice, we would not have the freedoms we enjoy today,” Barbato and Bailey said in a statement. “In ‘Stonewall Outloud,’ it’s our intention for their voices to live on, so that we do not take what they sacrificed for granted and so that we continue to fight for the freedom and dignity of LGBTQ+ people all over the world.”In addition, YouTube will make original documentary film “This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” available for free for the first time on on Gigi’s YouTube channel from June 5-30. Previously, it has been available to subscribers of YouTube Premium. YouTube Rings in Era of Ad-Supported Originals By Making ‘Cobra Kai’ Free to Watchlast_img read more


False social media posts preceded antiimmigrant protest in Costa Rica

first_img Facebook Comments One day after dozens of people were arrested after a protest in downtown San José, where people expressed their opposition to an influx of Nicaraguan migrants, it appears that a series of fabricated social media posts helped stoke the flames of xenophobia.The daily La Nación reported Sunday that false posts, widely circulated before Saturday’s protest, claimed that Nicaraguans were burning flags, that Nicaraguan military agents were invading the country, that  President Carlos Alvarado had signed a special decree to provide government support for trans women from Nicaragua, and that the University of Costa Rica was providing full scholarships to Nicaraguan refugees.The post about Nicaraguans burning the Costa Rican flag used an image from a punk rock concert in 2016, the daily reported.A total of 44 people were arrested at Saturday’s protests and La Merced Park, site of the protests and a popular gathering place for Costa Rica’s Nicaraguan community, is closed indefinitely, according to the Public Security Ministry.“These violent protests were unprecedented in the history of Costa Rica,” Communications Minister Juan Carlos Mendoza said at a news conference broadcast via Facebook from Casa Presidencial on Saturday, adding that President Alvarado will address the nation on this topic Sunday.Public Security Minister Michael Soto said that 44 people were arrested at the protest.Nicaraguan refugees have arrived in Costa Rica in increasing numbers in recent weeks due to Nicaragua’s ongoing crisis. Read more here: Related posts:Safety fears lead CONCACAF to cancel women’s U17 event in Nicaragua Protests in Nicaragua renew tensions with Costa Rica Peace vigils for Nicaragua continue in Costa Rica Hoping for a safe haven in Costa Ricalast_img read more


Belarus threatens to let illegal migrants into EU

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Senator objects to antiterrorism rules for online sites

first_img Top Stories In a statement submitted into the Congressional Record, Wyden said the Senate had been asked on Tuesday to approve the intelligence authorization bill by unanimous consent. Doing so would bypass any debate. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., confirmed that leadership had hoped to pass the bill before the August recess, but that not all senators were on board.Wyden said he would insist on a debate because of “very valid concerns” made by the technology industry.“Internet companies should not be subject to broad requirements to police the speech of their users,” Wyden said in the statement.Feinstein argued that the requirement was nearly identical to one related to child pornography. But tech companies said the bill was so vague it would be almost impossible to determine whether they were meeting their legal obligation, or if they were on the hook if they miss a tweet, video or blog that hints of an attack. They said the result would probably be a deluge of tips to law enforcement, making it tougher for the government to find more valuable information.“The FBI and the intelligence community have made it abundantly clear that the terrorist threat is severe and increasing, and that those directing, inspiring and carrying out attacks make heavy use of social media sites,” Feinstein told The Associated Press in an emailed statement provided last week. “This provision will help get potentially actionable information to the agencies responsible for preventing attacks, without requiring companies to take any steps to monitor their sites they aren’t already taking.” Comments   Share   ___AP Writer Donna Cassata contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Patients with chronic pain give advice Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Wyden said the FBI director told Congress that technology companies are cooperative and helpful about alerting law enforcement to serious incidents.“But I haven’t yet heard any law enforcement or intelligence agencies suggest that this provision will actually help catch terrorists, and I take the concerns that have been raised about its breadth and vagueness seriously,” Wyden wrote.Since the 2013 disclosure of government surveillance by former contractor Edward Snowden, the tech industry has led an aggressive public push to limit surveillance requests and increase transparency, adopting more sophisticated encryption techniques despite opposition from the Justice Department. Their primary argument has been that consumers won’t use technology they don’t trust, and that unnecessary surveillance would hurt the industry.At the same time, popular social media sites have become instrumental in helping terrorist groups expand their influence, despite widespread industry policies against posting or promoting terrorist-related content.The Islamic State group and similar organizations have relied heavily on Twitter and Facebook to recruit followers, while militants post beheading videos on sites like Google’s YouTube, giving an image the chance to go viral before being shut down. In 2013, al-Shabab live tweeted its Westgate shopping mall massacre, opening up new feeds even after Twitter shut others down.center_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and skeptic of broad government surveillance, objected Tuesday to a bill that would have required social media and online sites like Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity.The proposal, by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., had been tucked into a broader bill authorizing intelligence programs throughout the 2016 budget year and became the subject of several private meetings on Capitol Hill between congressional staff and industry officials.last_img read more


Travel agent barometer extended

first_imgThe opportunity for the travel industry to have their say on what really matters in the inaugural Australian Travel Agent Barometer (ATAB) has been extended until mid-October. Key themes already uncovered include travel agents confusion regarding what happens after the Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) disbands and difficulties sourcing quality staff, however, the outlook for the future of the retail travel industry remains positive. ETB News is a major supporter of the Australian Travel Agent Barometer. Source = ETB News: P.T. Industry sponsors Thai Airways, Helen Wong’s Tours and Amari Hua Hin have provided holiday package prizes for lucky entrants, while there are also ten Myer shopping vouchers up for grabs. The ATAB will finalise all entries on Saturday 12 October 2013, with responses being transformed into research that aims to assist in determining the future of Australia’s travel trade. “There has never been a survey of this magnitude conducted for Australian travel agents and the immense amount of information garnered will surely procure some fascinating insights.” “This is an incredible chance for Australian agents to voice their opinion on issues within our industry that concern or excite them,” ATAB creator Simon Bernardi said. Click here to complete the survey now!last_img read more


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