Restricting copyright exceptions detrimental to education says student group

first_imgOTTAWA – Student and library associations are voicing their support for a section of the Copyright Act that allows materials to be used for educational purposes without infringing copyright.The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations told a House of Commons committee Tuesday that restrictions on the scope of that exception will hurt students and educators, especially if it leads to higher costs.Such costs are most commonly found in tariffs from copyright agreements.“Students, either directly through an ancillary fee or indirectly out of operations budgets pay these tariffs,” said Michael McDonald, executive director of the organization. “It is a cost they are expected to bear and one we do not believe is adequately considered.”The law is currently being reviewed by the Commons committee on industry, science and technology and is mandated to undergo such a review every five years. The Act was last amended in 2012 under Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, which expanded the scope of “fair dealing” to education, satire and parody.Under current legislation, short excerpts of work — typically 10 per cent of the text — can be reproduced without infringing copyright. That means a teacher in a classroom, for example, can photocopy several pages or a chapter from a written work for their students. The education exception also means students are able to reference typically copyrighted material in their course work.The alliance says increased tuition costs for students and limited resources available to teachers would have a chilling effect on education, preventing them from receiving instruction from diverse sources.Groups supporting publishers and authors are opposed to the law as it stands, because they believe that the fair dealing exception allows their work to be distributed without full compensation. The Union des écrivaines et des écrivains Québécois — a group comprising more than 1,000 writers — told the committee that the “loose wording” of the act means creators are becoming “an endangered species” stripped of their income.For Laurent Dubois, general manager of the union, the law is also a matter of principle.“It is important to remember that the concept of copyright includes the idea of economic rights,” Dubois told the committee. “It also includes the idea of moral rights, which confers the right on the creator to protect the way in which his or her work is used.”McDonald, for his part, does not dispute the idea that creators deserve proper compensation for their work.“This isn’t even a question, and it’s not something we are challenging,” he said.University of Ottawa law professor and intellectual property expert Michael Geist said that calls to restrict the fair dealing exception due to lack of compensation are mostly “unfounded.”Geist cited Statistics Canada data released last month which showed that while operating revenue for the Canadian book publishing industry dropped 0.6 per cent in 2016 compared to 2014, it still yielded an operating profit margin of 10.2 per cent.Students, he said, will bear the brunt of any changes as a result of the review.“If the committee were to establish new kinds of restrictions on the use of fair dealing, I think the impact would be enormous.”Copyright issues related to music, radio, television and film will also be examined by the committee.The review process for the act is expected to conclude by early 2019.last_img read more

Make a Film Foundation Premieres Zombie Film Created With Johnny Depp to

first_imgMake A Film Foundation (MAFF), a non-profit film wish granting organization for children with life-threatening medical conditions, will present a premiere of The Black Ghiandola at a fundraising benefit screening to be held on Saturday April 22nd at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.MAFF and Richard Chamberlain, Laura Dern, David Lynch, Anthony Conti, Johnny Depp, Catherine Hardwicke, Adele Rene, Tamika LamisonRed Carpet starts at 6:00 p.m.The Black Ghiandola film fulfills the dream of 16-year-old Anthony Conti who suffered from stage four adrenal cortical cancer. He stars in the project along with Johnny Depp, J.K. Simmons, Laura Dern, David Lynch, Chad L. Coleman, Richard Chamberlain, Penelope Ann Miller, Keith Allan, Jade Pettyjohn and Pritesh Shah. The film was directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures) and Sam Raimi (Spiderman Trilogy).The Black Ghiandola is about a boy who risks his life to save a young girl he has grown to love – after his family has been killed in an apocalyptic world of Zombies. Conti’s idea went from conception to completion in only one month, with the generous help of top professional talent that donated their time and energy to the project.According to Tamika Lamison, founder and executive director of MAFF, “Make A Film Foundation teams critically ill children with notable actors, directors, producers and writers. We believe that the art of filmmaking not only helps children make a personal statement about what they are going through, but it is also offers them a sense of hope, while also building their self-esteem.”During this special event, J.K. Simmons will accept the Mentorship Award for his work with MAFF. Mohamed Bzeek, a man who has committed himself to caring for and fostering terminally ill children until they die, will receive the Humanitarian Award.There will be a panel discussion led by moderator, Leonard Maltin (American Film Critic and Historian) with cast and crew, and a musical performance by Adam Gontier, of “Saint Asonia” as well as a VIP pre-reception and a post-event dessert reception for all.Make A Film Foundation grants film wishes to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions by teaming them with noted actors, writers, producers and directors who help them to create short film legacies. Over 100 documentaries and four short narrative films have been completed so far.For further information about MAFF, or to order tickets to the event ($25 for Screening and $100 VIP with Reception and Gift Bag), or to donate, please visit:;To purchase tickets, click here.last_img read more

Sales tax not the answer to Albertas fiscal woes Finance minister

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci says he is not considering introducing a sales tax to help cure the province’s financial woes because Albertans don’t support it.Ceci says the idea of a sales tax came up today when he had a roundtable meeting with economists but says having no provincial sales tax reflects, in his words, “the mindset of Albertans.”Ceci says the province will continue to try to reduce spending and grow the economy with an eye to balancing the budget by 2023.Alberta is on track for a $10.3-billion deficit this year and more than $42 billion in debt by next spring.Economist Robert Kavcic with BMO Capital Markets says Alberta’s low tax regime gives it room to manoeuvre and, from an economic perspective, a consumption tax is the best way to ensure a stable base of revenue in tough times.Opposition Alberta Party interim leader Greg Clark says the province should have a conversation around a sales tax, adding people will accept such a levy if the government can demonstrate it will use the money prudently.last_img read more

Video Despacito Singer Daddy Yankee Explores Marrakech

Rabat – A video showing Puerto Rican mega-star Daddy Yankee having fun at a traditional clothing shop in a souk in Marrakech has gone viral.After taking pictures at a juice stand in famous Jamaa El Fanaa square, the famous rapper who sings “Despacito” has been caught on video exploring traditional clothing shops in a souk the city’s old medina.Travelling with RedOne and free-fight champion Abou Azaitar, Daddy Yankee has been sharing his adventures in Marrakech on social media. Yankee is expected to sign a collaboration deal with RedOne, the renowned Moroccan producer. The singer also visited the cities of Tetouan and Chefchaoun before landing in Marrakech. read more

SB says former Ministers will sit with the opposition

Former Minister S B Dissanayake says the former Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Ministers will sit with the opposition in Parliament and look to form a broad alliance with the joint opposition.Dissanayake and a few other SLFP Ministers had resigned from their posts recently on the basis that they could not continue to work in the unity Government. The former Minister, before resigning, had also backed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. (Colombo Gazette)

Eric Garner Michael Brown cases spark legitimate concerns about US policing –

Michael Brown, an African-American teenager from Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, an African-American man from New York City, were both killed in separate incidents by white police officers after they had reportedly surrendered. Their deaths, and the grand jury decisions which followed them, have set off a wave of protests across the US against what many perceive to be a broader pattern of lethal police brutality directed at minorities, say the UN rights experts. “There are numerous complaints stating that African-Americans are disproportionally affected by such practices of racial profiling and the use of disproportionate and often lethal force,” the UN Special Rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere, said in a news release. “African-Americans are 10 times more likely to be pulled over by police officers for minor traffic offences than white persons. Such practices must be eradicated.”The UN experts welcomed US President Barack Obama’s proposed measures to address what has been described as “consistent allegations of inappropriate policing practices” through trust-building initiatives between police forces and the communities they are assigned to protect. But, the experts cautioned, such measures should also “recognize the need for training and to ensure that minorities are recruited into the police in which they are under-represented.” “The Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s cases have added to our existing concerns over the longstanding prevalence of racial discrimination faced by African-Americans, particularly in relation to access to justice and discriminatory police practices,” added human rights expert Mireille Fanon Mendes France, who currently heads the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.“We urge a comprehensive examination of all laws that could have discriminatory impact on African-Americans to ensure that such laws are in full compliance with the country’s international legal obligations and relevant international standards.”The Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, meanwhile, expressed concern over the grand jury decision to avoid a trial process which, she said, would have ensured that justice take its proper course, particularly in light of the apparent conflicting evidence that exists relating to both incidents.“The decisions leave many with legitimate concerns relating to a pattern of impunity when the victims of excessive use of force come from African-American or other minority communities,” Ms. Izsák explained. Demonstrations in opposition to the grand jury decision on Eric Garner’s death spilled into their second consecutive night last night as protestors fanned out across New York, targeting the city’s most well-known locations, including Brooklyn Bridge and the ferry terminal to Staten Island, where Mr. Garner Lived. While the New York protests have been largely peaceful, according to media reports, confrontations between demonstrators and police in Ferguson have led to eruptions of violence including looting and the burning of cars. Both the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, and the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, urged protestors and police to allow for peaceful demonstrations and refrain from fuelling further violence.The Rapporteurs’ concerns follow a statement made by the UN human rights chief last week in which he expressed deep concern about the “disproportionate number of young African-Americans who die in encounters with police officers, as well as the disproportionate number of African Americans in US prisons and the disproportionate number of African-Americans on Death Row.”“It is clear that, at least among some sectors of the population, there is a deep and festering lack of confidence in the fairness of the justice and law enforcement systems,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said. read more

UN health agency issues new guidelines on HIV selftesting

Ahead of World AIDS Day, marked annually on 1 December, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on HIV self-testing, which aim to help millions of people know their HIV status and get treatment.“Millions of people with HIV are still missing out on life-saving treatment, which can also prevent HIV transmission to others,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in a news release. “HIV self-testing should open the door for many more people to know their HIV status and find out how to get treatment and access prevention services,” she added.According to a WHO progress report, lack of an HIV diagnosis is a major obstacle to implementing the Organization’s recommendation that everyone with HIV should be offered antiretroviral therapy (ART). The report says more than 18 million people with HIV are currently taking ART, but a similar number of people is still unable to access treatment, the majority of which are unaware of their HIV positive status. Today, 40 per cent of all people with HIV (over 14 million) remain unaware of their status.The new guidelines aim to help countries scale up implementation of HIV self-testing and assisted HIV partner notification services. Photo: WHO African Region HIV self-testing means people can use oral fluid or blood- finger-pricks to discover their status in a private and convenient setting. Results are ready within 20 minutes or less. Those with positive results are advised to seek confirmatory tests at health clinics. WHO recommends they receive information and links to counselling as well as rapid referral to prevention, treatment and care services.Between 2005 and 2015, the proportion of people with HIV learning of their status increased from 12 per cent to 60 per cent globally. This increase in HIV testing uptake worldwide has led to more than 80 per cent of all people diagnosed with HIV receiving ART.Men account for only 30 per cent of people who have tested for HIV. Testing also remains low among men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs, and people in prisons – who together comprise approximately 44 per cent of the 1.9 million new adult HIV infections that occur each year.The new WHO guidelines recommend ways to help HIV positive people notify their partners about their status, and also encourage them to get tested.Currently, 23 countries have national policies that support HIV self-testing. Many others are developing policies, but wide-scale implementation of HIV self-testing remains limited. WHO supports free distribution of HIV self-test kits and other approaches that allow self-test kits to be bought at affordable prices. WHO is also working to reduce costs further to increase access. Another highlight of this year’s World AIDS Day is the launch of the hands up for #HIVprevention campaign that will explore different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations and people living with HIV. read more

Caterpillar solar power solution for B2Golds Otjikoto mine in Namibia

first_imgCaterpillar has announced that B2Gold Corp, one of the fastest-growing gold producers in the world, has selected the company and Cat® dealer Barloworld to supply 7 MW of solar power at the Otjikoto mine in the Republic of Namibia. The full system, including Cat photovoltaic (PV) solar modules and the Cat microgrid master controller (MMC), will be used to reduce reliance on a heavy fuel oil (HFO) power plant currently used to power the mining facility.Barloworld is supplying engineering, procurement and construction services for the project. Installation of the system is underway, with the completion of the project expected in early 2018. “At B2Gold, we embrace environmental stewardship and social responsibility as key corporate priorities in doing business,” said Mark Dawe, Managing Director and Country Manager for B2Gold Namibia. “As one of the largest solar installations in Namibia, the facility at the Otjikoto mine will help us to leverage a plentiful, renewable resource while improving the quality of life for nearby communities.”Caterpillar’s solar PV system is powered by advanced thin-film solar modules that are setting the industry benchmark with improved performance over conventional silicon solar panels. Fully scalable and pre-engineered for quick and easy installation, the system offers reliable and predictable energy in all climates and applications with modules that are independently tested to pass accelerated life and stress tests beyond industry standards.Caterpillar’s solar PV offering is a key component of the Cat Microgrid technology suite, an innovative lineup of power systems that adds environmentally friendly solar panels, state-of-the-art energy storage, and advanced monitoring and control systems to Caterpillar’s traditional line of reliable power generation equipment, including HFO, natural gas and diesel generator sets, switchgear and automatic transfer switches. The Cat Microgrid technology suite is designed to reduce fuel expenses, lower utility bills, decrease emissions, and reduce the total cost of ownership while increasing energy efficiency in even the most challenging environments.“A key differentiator in Caterpillar’s offering is the Cat MMC, which keeps loads continuously energized with high-quality power at the lowest cost.  It manages the flow of power from every source in the system, including the main grid when connected.  The Cat MMC determines optimum recharge times for the energy storage systems while managing power during times when solar energy is not available.”The MMC also uses Cat Connect technology for real-time collection and communication of on-site performance data that can be monitored and analysed remotely. “The economic viability of remote mining operations depends on the cost-efficient generation of power,” said Tom Frake, Vice President of the Global Power Solutions Division for Caterpillar. “Caterpillar’s solar technologies provide a scalable, sustainable power solution that significantly reduces fuel consumption while delivering the reliable power needed to support mining sites.”B2Gold’s Otjikoto mine is located in the region of Otjozondjupa approximately 300 km north of the capital city of Windhoek. The mine reported a record year in 2016, producing 166,285 oz of gold.  Caterpillar supplied the original 25 MW of power capacity to the Otjikoto Mine when it opened in 2014 through four Cat 12CM32 HFO medium-speed engines and three Cat 3516B high-speed generator sets.“For many years, B2Gold has relied on dependable, high-performing Cat equipment for both power solutions and mining operations at the company’s mining sites around the world, which is why executives again selected Caterpillar and Cat dealer Barloworld to help reduce operational costs while improving the sustainability profile at the Otjikoto Mine,” said Jean Savage, vice president of Surface Mining and Technology for Caterpillar.last_img read more

China Gambias Most Important Partner

first_imgBy Kebba JeffangThe Chinese news agency, Xinhua has quoted President Barrow as saying that China is Gambia’s most important partner. According to Xinhua, during talks with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Banjul on Saturday 5 January, 2018, President Barrow remarked: “Gambia has the strong political will to promote cooperation with China, which is the country’s most important partner.”President Barrow has also laid emphasis on Gambia’s adherence to the one-China policy, according to the Chinese news agency, Xinhua. “Gambia will adhere to the one-China policy and firmly support China’s rightful stance in the United Nations and on other multilateral occasions,” he said.President Barrow is also quoted as saying, “the first visit by a Chinese foreign minister to Gambia showed China’s good faith in strengthening bilateral relations, and recalled his two visits to China within nine months, which showed he and the Gambian government attach great importance to and have confidence in closer ties with China.”According to Xinhua, the Chinese foreign minister said China appreciates Gambia’s reaffirmed stance on the one-China policy, and is willing to build mutual trust with the west African country.Meanwhile, a foreign ministry press release reported that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Dr Mamadou Tangara on Saturday 5th January 2019, also received the State Councillor and Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, H.E Wang Yi.The Minister also laid emphasis on the one-China policy. According to the release, “Honourable Tangara thanked China through the visiting Foreign Minister and assured him of Gambia’s recognition of the One-China policy.”last_img read more

Hyundai is bringing a refreshed Ioniq Hybrid and PHEV to Europe this

first_imgThe exterior of the new Ioniq isn’t wildy different but we’re digging the more aggressive front end. Hyundai Fans of budget-friendly efficient transportation have reason to be excited because Hyundai announced on Thursday that updated versions of its Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-In cars are destined for the European market for the 2019 model year.What’s new for 2019? Kind of a lot, actually. Hyundai’s started by updating the styling, though the changes here are more evolutionary than revolutionary with an updated grille and lighting. Inside the changes are more pronounced with a new infotainment and climate control set-up that replaces the previous Ioniq’s dull sea of black. The new system features an option 10.25-inch touchscreen display that can receive over-the-air updates and uses voice recognition alongside Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.The new Ioniq has some exciting tech under its skin too including a new “Green Zone Drive Mode” that can utilize more power from the electric part of its drivetrain in designated geographical areas. It also uses the Kona’s one-pedal driving system with advanced regenerative braking.While Hyundai hasn’t yet confirmed to us when the new Ioniq is destined to hit US shores, we do know that it will be available in European showrooms starting in the second half of biggest change to the new Ioniq’s interior is the addition of an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen that really lifts the interior of the car. Hyundai More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comment 1 Hybrids Car Industry 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img Hyundai Hyundai Tags Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuelast_img read more

Habitat for threatened polar bears found to be legal in federal court

first_imgDownload AudioA federal appeals court says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service followed the law when it designated more than 187,000 square miles as critical habitat for threatened polar bears.The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a 2013 lower court decision that the designation of the coastal area larger than California was too extensive and not specific.A three-judge panel of appeals court said the Fish and Wildlife Service followed the law and the lower court’s call for more specificity in designating habitat was not required by the Endangered Species Act.Attorney Brendan Cummings of the Center for Biological Diversity hailed the decision, saying polar bears will get the full protection of the habitat they need.last_img read more

After Samjhauta Express DelhiLahore bus service cancelled

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) on Monday cancelled the Delhi-Lahore bus service as Pakistan has decided to discontinue it in the wake of India revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, said a senior official of the public transporter. On Saturday, a senior Pakistani minister has announced to suspended the friendship bus service from Monday. A Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus was scheduled to leave for Lahore on Monday 6 AM. However, it did not leave due to the Pakistan’s decision to suspend the bus service, the official said. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us “Consequent to Pakistan’s decision to suspend the Delhi-Lahore bus service, DTC is not able to send bus (from Delhi to Lahore) from August 12,” said a statement from DTC. Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) had on Saturday also telephonically informed the DTC about suspension of the service from Monday. The last bus for Lahore left Delhi on Saturday morning carrying two passengers while the return bus from the other side reached the national capital carrying 19 passengers in the evening of the same day. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The bus service did not operate on Sunday. The bus service was first started in February 1999 but suspended after the 2001 Parliament attack. It was restarted in July 2003. It had, however, continued with a depleted number of passengers even when bilateral relations between the two countries had worsened following the Pulwama terrorist attack and Balakot surgical strikes in February this year. Advertise With Us The Lahore-Delhi bus service is operated from Ambedkar Stadium terminal near Delhi Gate. DTC buses ply every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and PTDC buses every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, from Delhi to Lahore. For the return trip, DTC buses leave Lahore every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday whereas the PTDC buses are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.last_img read more

Howard University Interim President Dr Wayne AI Frederick Honored with Congressional Citation

first_imgHoward University Interim President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick.Howard University Interim President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick was recognized for his career as a surgeon, researcher and scholar with a Congressional Citation this month at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s annual Caribbean Heritage Month celebration. Frederick is a native of Trinidad who moved to the United States at the age of 16. After graduating from Howard University College of Medicine at age 22, he went on to complete his post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.As a child, Frederick struggled with sickle cell anemia. According to, that affliction sparked Fredrick’s desire to become a surgeon and one to find a cure for the genetic blood disorder.“I was humbled by the honor,” Frederick told the AFRO. “My Caribbean roots afforded me a robust early education that combined the virtues of hard work and integrity. My journey to America has seen those seeds grow from saplings into a larger tree of experiences for which I am eternally grateful to both regions.”Frederick returned to Howard University in 2006 as an associate professor in the surgery department, and was later tapped to be the provost and chief academic officer of Howard in 2012.madebola@afro.comlast_img read more

Delta Sorority Host Discussion on Police Actions

first_imgIn response to recent concerns regarding the interaction of law enforcement with the community, the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Sorority and the Alexandria-Fairfax Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is hosting a talk about actions on contact with police on May 3 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Alexandria-Fairfax Kappa Multi-Purpose Facility, 6343 S. Kings Hwy.last_img

Transparent actor I went from homelessness to Hollywood stardom

first_imgAfter finding a community, Grey carved out a place for herself. She landed a recurring role on the Emmy-winning series Transparent and played trans icon Marsha P. Johnson on Drunk History.GSN spoke to Grey about her start, the landscape of Hollywood, and navigating Black History Month as a trans woman.‘I had nothing to lose’Grey, 27, grew up in foster care, but knew her biological family.‘My family was very much a church family,’ she explained about her gradual coming out process to them.‘But coming out to my foster family was hard as well because my foster mother was a pastor. She was okay in the beginning with me potentially being gay, but I knew it was something more [being transgender].’When she eventually did decide to transition, her foster mother had some issues.‘But at that point, I had nothing to lose,’ Grey said.So she made the move from Chicaga to LA about nine years ago, completely alone, withhout a plan or home in sight. She talked about being a shy and timid person but that drive of having nothing to lose came up again and again, so she made the leap. After all, she mentioned, it was colder without a home in Chicago than LA.‘I contacted the LGBT Center, they were the first shelter I came across. I entered their transitional living program and everything essentially happened from there.’Grey with the Transparent cast. | Photo: ProvidedTelling trans storiesBut what did happen from there? Before moving to LA, she had never met another trans person. Through the Center, however, she found a community — a mentor and groups to help her find her future.Grey studied theater at California State University Northridge, and the world of Hollywood opened up. She had minor roles in shows like Glee and Chasing Life, before landing a recurring role on Transparent.‘I think the show has been very groundbreaking,’ Grey said of the Amazon series. ‘I think it’s really given a platform for not only trans actors, but trans stories.‘What I love so much about playing Elizah is the diversity of telling a story of a trans woman of color. The reality is that there are many trans women of color who get murdered in this country every year. I want to hear our stories.’She added that she hopes the recent controversy [regarding former star Jeffrey Tambor] doesn’t prevent the show from moving forward. But she has hope Hollywood is headed in the right direction.Playing an iconGrey then got the opportunity to play trans icon and activist Marsha P. Johnson when the Comedy Central series Drunk History told the story of the Stonewall Riots. Before Alexandra Grey moved to Los Angeles from Chicago, she had never met another transgender person in her life.After coming out to her families (foster and biological), the future in LA was obscure. She was homeless, unsure, but, in her own words, she had nothing to lose. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The premise is simple: A drunk person tells a story from history and actors act it out, using the dialogue of the drunk narrator.Grey nailed the performance.‘I remember seeing the Harriet Tubman episode with Octavia Spencer and thinking, “I want to do this one day.”‘I never thought I’d get to portray this character, so when I got the opportunity, I was very overwhelmed and very happy they chose me.’Though the show is inherently comedy, Grey believes it told the story of Johnson better than most attempts. ‘They accomplished that in such a brilliant, and very thoughtful way.’She auditioned for Drunk History while shooting Dustin Lance Black’s miniseries When We Rise. It was a totally different role, dramatic rather than comedic, but it still told the history of the LGBTQ community.Grey took the roles in stride — channeling the trailblazing history of both characters — and excelled at both.Navigating a divideGrey will be back at the Center on Saturday (16 February) for the Black History Month event, The Future is Black: Reclaiming Our Power. She’ll be singing during the day’s festivities.‘It’s a celebration of Black History Month and coming together to honor our stories.’Still, she believes there’s a divide between the African-American and LGBTQ communities.Grey as Marsha P. Johnson in Drunk History. | Photo: Provided‘Homosexuality is something the black community still hasn’t come to terms with,’ she said. ‘We can stand together for Black Lives Matter, but we look around, and where are black people when a black transgender woman is murdered? We have to get to a point where we realize we’re all fighting for our rights.‘There’s no difference when they keep a trans person from using a bathroom and when they make black people use a separate entrance. We have to stand up for each other.’Despite the uncertainty and divides, Grey has hope for the future.‘I find happiness in my own damn self. I find it in my career and being a good person,’ she said, adding, ‘I still needed to do groundwork to truly love myself and believing I am okay.’She wants LGBTQ youth to feel the same way.‘Remain confident, remain positive, and know you’re not alone. You are who you are and not who other people say you are. Find a circle and know your life is worth so much. You have to be here.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Anker Wccftech Partner up for Exclusive OneofaKind Discounts on Wireless Chargers ZOLO

first_imgIt’s an honor to announce that we have partnered up with Anker to offer exclusive discounts on some of the company’s best products as a token of appreciation.Massive and Exclusive Discount on ZOLO Liberty Truly Wireless Headphones, PowerWave 7.5W Stand, PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad, PowerCore II 10000It’s no secret that we partner up with Anker on a wide variety of occasions to deliver discounts to our readers. It’s a great company to work with and they make some of the finest accessories around, including portable chargers, USB chargers, headphones and whatnot. You can learn more about the company and what they make by going to: Anker.comThe discounts on offer are typically meant for everyone out there, but Anker had something else in mind a while back. See, we’ve been working with the company for a long time now, and they felt the need to show you guys, the readers, some love by offering hefty discounts on several of their products. This includes the mighty ZOLO Liberty headphones, the PowerCore II 10000 with PowerIQ 2.0, PowerWave Stand and the PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad.ZOLO Liberty – Was $99.99, Now just $59.49The ZOLO Liberty are truly wireless headphones that offers 24 hours of playback time, features Smart AI, are completely sweat-proof and obviously sound good. If you are thinking of going completely wireless, then this is a great place to start.Buy ZOLO Liberty [Amazon link] | Use discount code WCCFANK1 at checkoutPowerCore II 10000 – Was $33.99, Now just $25.59Looking for a power bank that does everything that a power bank should but slightly better? Then look no further than the PowerCore II 10000. With exclusive PowerIQ 2.0 tech under the hood, this thing can fast charge any device at up to 18W of power when needed. Also, this thing is tiny. You can fit two of these in your pockets and still won’t feel that it’s there!Buy PowerCore II 10000 [Amazon link] | Use discount code WCCFANK2 at checkoutPowerWave 7.5 Stand – Was $49.99, Now just $36.99The PowerWave is a great little wireless charger. But when you take into account that this thing can fast charge an iPhone at full 7.5W, then things start to get better. It comes with a QC 3.0 adapter inside the box, and features a wonderful design that blends in nicely with anything around it.Buy PowerWave 7.5 Stand [Amazon link] | Use discount code WCCFANK4 at checkoutPowerPort Wireless 5 Pad – Was $12.99, Now just $10.99Need a simple yet elegant little wireless charging pad? Then the famous PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad is all you need. It might not feature fast charging speeds, but it gets the work done regardless of the device you have at hand, as long as it supports the Qi standard.Buy PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad [Amazon link] | Use discount code WCCFANK3 at checkoutApart from the discounts above, we would like to thank Anker for giving us this opportunity to work together. And don’t worry, this isn’t a one-off thing. We’ll be back with some awesome Anker discounts very, very soon, so stay tuned! Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

November Survey Shows Consumer Sentiment Stabilizing

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Fannie Mae Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-12-08 Abby Gregory November Survey Shows Consumer Sentiment Stabilizing December 8, 2011 406 Views Results from “”Fannie Mae’s”” November National Housing Survey revealed that consumer sentiment is not rising alongside recent positive economic news. Fannie’s “”study””: showed that most borrowers are adopting a “”wait and see”” approach to 2012, despite accompanying findings that indicated consumers anticipate a future rise in home pricing for the first time in six months.[IMAGE]Generally, Fannie’s survey demonstrated that consumer sentiment is stabilizing, and November numbers show an incremental improvement in the strongly negative feelings on the housing market seen over the summer. Fannie considers the November results “”in line”” with its Economics & Mortgage Market Group’s forecast of temporary economic advances for the third and fourth quarters of this year, setting the scene for a slow growth pattern in 2012.Significant highlights from Fannie’s survey included respondents’ predictions on home prices, with 22 percent stating that they expect pricing to rise during the coming year. However, an equal number or participants took the opposite stance, and 22 percent of those surveyed are calling for a drop in home prices. The majority, 53 percent, anticipate no change in pricing, showing a 2 percent decline off of October’s numbers.Thirty-three percent of those responding are confident that mortgage rates will go up in 2012, representing a decline of 3 percent from October’s survey. A large portion of those polled, 68 percent, said it’s a “”good”” time to purchase property, while only 10 percent felt it’s a “”good”” time to sell; both findings are similar to numbers recorded in October.Most of those Fannie surveyed believe that rental pricing will increase by an estimated 3.2 percent during 2012, with 41 percent of respondents predicting an uptick. Only 6 percent anticipate a drop in rental prices, which reveals no change since last month.The percentage of Americans who say they will buy their next home declined by 3 percent month-to-month, with 63 percent stating a desire to purchase instead of rent. Thirty-two percent felt renting their future home was likely.When asked about the broader economic picture in the U.S., 75 percent of those surveyed feel its “”off on the wrong track,”” and another 18 percent said they expect their personal financial situation to decrease in stability during 2012. Sixty-six percent of respondents stated that their income is about the same as it was the previous months, and 54 percent reported that their household expenses remain static.Speaking out on the results from November, Fannie’s vice president and chief economist, Doug Duncan, said, “”Though their home price expectations have become slightly positive, consumers remain concerned about the direction of the economy and continue to view their household finances as being relatively flat.”” Duncan went on to note, “”Most Americans expect no improvement in their personal financial situation in the next 12 months and will likely remain wary about undertaking the significant financial obligation associated with homeownership until their view of their income, expenses, and job security heads in a more positive direction.””center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Sharelast_img read more

European prison bosses wrap up meeting in Cyprus

first_imgA TWO-DAY conference of directors of prison and probation services from the Council of Europe wrapped-up in Ayia Napa on Wednesday.During the event, Jan Kleijssen, director of Information Society and Action against Crime of the Council of Europe, discussed new technologies and artificial intelligence. Delegates were also briefed by outgoing Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou, and Anna Aristotelous, director of the Cyprus Prisons.“I must say I am very impressed with the dedication of the prison department here in Cyprus,” Kleijssen told the Cyprus Mail, on the sidelines of the conference.“What I do know is that they are committed to ensure that the prison system in Cyprus corresponds to the highest possible standards in Europe.”One positive statistic, highlighted by Dominik Lehner, chair of the Council for Penological Cooperation was the decrease in suicide rates.“I know there are several places like Cyprus, for instance, where it is decreasing. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, there were no suicides in Cyprus prisons, and there was one in 2018. And it used to be about three a year. So, it’s getting better not worse,” Lehner told the Cyprus Mail. During the event, attendees evaluated the advantages and pitfalls when using new technologies in the management of suspects and offenders, and the human factor in dealing with people in detention or under probation.“Artificial intelligence is likely to be the biggest game changer in human history. It has so many possibilities,” Kleijssen explained.“It can help prison staff in a number of ways, it can help management it can also help in replacing human controls, and there can be automated body scans and detection of illegal substances being smuggled into prison.”Furthermore, discussions touched on the ethical implications of the use of new technologies and how traditional working methods with suspects and offenders can be impacted by digital transformation, as well as what safeguards need to be put in place. CYPRUS PRISONS According to recent figures presented at the conference, Cyprus has a probation population rate of 106 probationers per 100,000 inhabitants. Furthermore, the island also has the second-lowest proportion of women under supervision and the ninth-lowest correctional population rate.Other statistics show the proportion of inmates serving sentences for drug offences is particularly high at 29.1 per cent of the prison population, whist prison administrations with the highest proportion of foreign inmates were in Switzerland at 71.4 per cent, Austria at 54.7 per cent, Greece at 52.7 per cent, Catalonia in Spain at 43.1 per cent and Cyprus 39.7 per cent.Other topics included violence in prisons, the management of the execution of sentences, and confidentiality and data protection.Delegates will receive a tour of the Nicosia Central Prison on Thursday.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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