OTTAWA — Canadian members of Parliament have passed a unanimous motion condemning Netflix for using images of the Lac-Megantic rail disaster in fictional dramas and demanding financial compensation for the Quebec community for using the tragic images without consent.The motion is a stern rebuke from Canada’s Parliament aimed at the online streaming giant, after footage from the 2013 rail explosion that killed 47 people was used in the hit movie Bird Box and the series Travelers.Netflix has apologized for using the images, saying it was not aware of the source of the footage, and has agreed to take steps to avoid using it in future productions.But the company has refused to remove the images from Bird Box, a disaster movie released late last year.On Tuesday, MPs in the House of Commons unanimously adopted a motion demanding that Netflix remove all images of the Lac-Megantic tragedy from its fiction catalogue — a plea that has also been made by Quebec’s culture minister Nathalie Roy and Lac-Megantic Mayor Julie Morin.The motion also demands that Netflix pay compensation to the community of Lac-Megantic for using the disaster for entertainment purposes with no concern for the trauma it would cause to survivors and victims’ families.The Canadian Press
KUSI Newsroom, San Diego congressional reps introduce bills to combat Tijuana River pollution Updated: 1:52 PM Posted: July 22, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of San Diego County’s congressional representatives introduced a package of bills Monday to address and mitigate pollution in the Tijuana River Valley.The bills unveiled by Reps. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, Scott Peters, D- San Diego, and Mike Levin, D-Oceanside, would boost funding to clean up the river and prevent future water contamination while a resolution from Susan Davis, D-San Diego, would encourage the Department of the Navy to focus on pollution in the river as a national security issue.“Today, the San Diego delegation is proud to introduce a comprehensive bill package to support mitigation efforts in the Tijuana River Valley,” Vargas said. “Together, we are taking meaningful action towards reducing, and one day hopefully, eliminating cross-border pollution from flowing into the United States.”Vargas and Peters’ bill would expand infrastructure funding by $1.5 billion through the North American Development Bank, which would receive a mandate to prioritize projects based around water treatment and pollution. The bill would also establish a fund through which unallocated federal money could be used to protect water along the U.S.-Mexico border.Levin’s bill would also fund pollution mitigation and water conservation projects by increasing the Border Water Infrastructure Fund by $150 million per year through 2024. Funding would be split evenly between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 6, which includes Texas and New Mexico, and Region 9, which includes California and Arizona.“The greater San Diego region has battled pollution from the Tijuana River Valley for years, with sewage and garbage contaminating our waters and desecrating our beaches,” Levin said. “Concrete, substantive action to address this issue and protect our environment is long overdue.”Pollution in the Tijuana River has affected U.S. waterways for decades, forcing beaches in San Diego County to close for extended periods due to pollutants like raw sewage flowing from across the border. Local and state officials and environmental activists have long called for federal intervention to protect the health and safety of residents near the border.In April, San Diego’s congressional Democrats jointly wrote a letter with Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to urge the directors of the State Department, Environmental Protection Agency, Customs and Border Protection, Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission to address sewage runoff in the river.In response to lethargic action to mitigate pollution in the river, the San Diego Surfrider Foundation and the city of San Diego field separate lawsuits last year against the IBWC, which oversees waterways that traverse the border, arguing that the commission has been negligent of the river’s harmful effects. The city jointly filed the suit with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. KUSI Newsroom July 22, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department has announced that Silver Lake is currently CLOSED for swimming due to a high bacteria count detected in this week’s water testing.“To minimize the risk of illness from contaminated water, beaches are required to be tested for “indicator” bacteria ― bacteria that indicate the presence of fecal contamination,” reads the announcement. “Silver Lake is tested for Enterococci or E. coli. We had an exceedance this week, therefore the Beach is closed for swimming until a re-sample tests clear.”This is the lake’s first closure of the season, and it comes at an inopportune time. The Wilmington Police Association’s Beach Day is scheduled for this Thursday, August 1, from 11am to 2pm, at Town Beach.“The Police Beach Day is STILL ON with games, activities, DJ and lunch, but no swimming,” Recreation Director Karen Campbell told Wilmington Apple. “The beach will be retested on Friday.”Silver Lake is tested every Tuesday during beach season. The Recreation Department received these results late on Wednesday afternoon.Like 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related(GOOSE) POOP HAPPENS: Town Beach Has Successful Season Despite 16-Day Swimming Ban Due To High BacteriaIn “Government”VIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington Police Beach DayIn “Videos”UPDATE: Silver Lake Will Likely Be OK To Swim In Soon; Latest Tests Show ImprovementIn “Community”
Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. Stephen Shankland/CNET Google used shell companies and subsidiaries to hide its involvement in expansion plans that yielded millions of dollars in tax breaks, according to a report by The Washington Post on Friday, casting light on how tech companies cut deals with local governments. When the search giant planned to build a data center in Midlothian, Texas, Google used a subsidiary called Sharka LLC, The Post reported. Other subsidiaries Google set up for development projects include Jet Stream LLC and Questa LLC. Google also extensively uses non-disclosure agreements with officials, The Post said. In the case of the Texas data center, Google was seeking a decade of tax breaks, but Midlothian’s head of economic development was barred from disclosing Google’s involvement in the project, the report said. The size of deals between local governments and tech companies was thrust into the spotlight Thursday after Amazon dropped a bombshell announcement: It was no longer going forward with plans to build a massive second headquarters in New York City. The withdrawal followed intense opposition from local politicians and union groups, fueled in part by the tax breaks the city gave the e-commerce giant.Deal-making is crucial for Google as it revs up expansion. Earlier this week, CEO Sundar Pichai said the search giant is investing $13 billion in data centers and offices around the country, mostly in the Midwest, East Coast and South. That includes new and expanded data centers in Ohio, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. New and expanded office locations include sites in Virginia, Georgia and Chicago.In California, Google is building a giant campus in San Jose, about 15 miles from the company’s headquarters in Mountain View. The new San Jose outpost will be Google’s second-largest campus. Partnership for Working Families, which obtained the Google records and shared them with The Post, has sued the city of San Jose over its negotiations with Google. The advocacy group didn’t respond to a request for comment. A Google spokeswoman called its tactics “standard industry practices.” At the early stages of deals, companies often strive to keep negotiations quiet because they don’t want to tip off competitors or announce their plans prematurely. But some critics have pointed to the secrecy as detrimental to local communities, which sometimes can’t protest until it’s too late.”We believe public dialogue is vital to the process of building new sites and offices, so we actively engage with community members and elected officials in the places we call home,” the Google spokeswoman said in a statement. “Of course, when we enter new communities we use common industry practices and work with municipalities to follow their required procedures.”Still, tamping down concerns from local communities will be an ongoing battle for tech giants, as Silicon Valley faces more scrutiny than ever over its scale and influence. On Friday, Google tried to highlight some of the benefits of its expansion. The company said Google’s data centers create $1.3 billion in economic activity, $750 million in labor income, and 11,000 jobs throughout the US in a single year. Google Alphabet Inc. 4 Comments Tags Tech Industry Share your voice
We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The largest presidential election forum focused on the concerns of Native Americans drew several leading Democratic presidential candidates in its first day, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum — named for the late Winnebago activist — is hosted by Native American voting rights group Four Directions and the Native Organizers Alliance.A panel of tribal leaders, tribal citizens and Native American youth presented questions to each of the presidential candidates who appeared Monday (Aug. 19) at the two-day forum. A total of 11 candidates are expected to attend the forum at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa, either in person or via video.O.J. Semans, co-executive director of Four Directions, introduced the forum as “Indian Country 101 for America,” which included discussions of issues informed by indigenous spirituality.Judith LeBlanc, director of the Native Organizers Alliance, referenced the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s action to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota in her opening remarks. That action was sustained by a belief in the sacredness of the land and a spiritual responsibility to protect the water that ran through it.“We are moving on a continuum from protest to power,” LeBlanc said.“Standing Rock interrupted the narrative, and when we left Standing Rock, we went back to our cities and our reservations to organize.”RELATED: The ‘Splainer: The ‘spiritual battle’ over the Dakota Access pipelineWarren’s appearance at the forum was highly anticipated, in part because of controversy surrounding her claim to Cherokee ancestry. Cherokee writer and activist Rebecca Nagle and other activists have taken issue with the claim. Meanwhile, President Trump has regularly mocked Warren by referring to her as “Pocahontas” — a remark many indigenous people also see as racist.Warren appeared to address the controversy in her opening remarks.Sen. Elizabeth Warren appeared at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa, on Aug. 19, 2019. Video screengrab“Like anyone who’s been honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes,” she said. “I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations we have had together.”Warren was later pressed on pipelines that threaten sites indigenous people consider sacred.“I will revoke the permit for the pipelines,” she said to cheers and applause. “It shouldn’t have been granted in the first place.”She also insisted on the importance of tribal sovereignty.“Tribal governments are the ones who control what happens on tribal lands,” she said. “That’s what it means. A government-to-government relation.”RELATED: Denominations repent for Native American land grabsThe first question asked at the forum — to presidential candidate and spiritual author Marianne Williamson — referred to the Doctrine of Discovery, which gave theological justification to European conquest of Indigenous peoples and land.Williamson addressed the panel “in the spirit of prayerfulness that was already invoked at this event.”Her remarks addressing the United States’ history of unjust treatment of Native Americans also were couched in spiritual language, calling on the country to “atone” and “reconcile with a horrific chapter of our past.”When asked whether she would protect lands indigenous people deem sacred, the candidate insisted she “will not compromise” with corporations who unfairly encroach on such lands.“Their time is over,” she said.RELATED: The spiritual politics of presidential candidate Marianne WilliamsonPresidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock are also slated to address the forum on Monday.Sen. Bernie Sanders; former housing secretary Julián Castro; Navajo pastor, speaker and author Mark Charles; former Rep. John Delaney and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are scheduled to speak Tuesday. Sen. Kamala Harris and former Rep. Joe Sestak reportedly are late additions to the line-up, according to Indian Country Today. As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Letter: Nationalism is anathema to Christian faith Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! 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Researchers have found that children attending schools for just four days in a week perform better in mathematics than those who attend a traditional five-day school week.“What interested me about our results is they were completely opposite to what we anticipated,” said Mary Beth Walker, dean of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in the US. The study compared fourth-grade reading and fifth-grade math test scores for students who participated in a four-day school week, versus those who attended a five-day school week. The researchers found that a four-day school week had a statistically significant impact on math scores for fifth-grade students, while reading scores were not affected.The study suggests there is little evidence that moving to a four-day week compromises student academic achievement.
Yauatcha, a dim sum teahouse from London will be celebrating the popular Mid-Autumn Festival of China with the introduction of limited edition moon cakes from September 1 to 30 at their restaurant. Like most Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival too has its dedicated delicacy, the moon cake, whose shape symbolises reunion and togetherness in the Chinese culture. Yauatcha has created a modern interpretation of the classic Chinese moon cake, sweet with a thick Chinese style custard infused with Asian ingredients. The outer filling is pastry decorated with delicate patterns to suit the discerning palate. Available in four unique flavour options such as the Jasmine tea moon cake, Salted caramel and sesame moon cake, Coconut and mixed nuts moon cake and the zingy Lemon zest moon cake, Yauatcha will serve these delicious desserts alongside the green tea ice cream. The moon cakes as well as the green tea ice cream are both eggless and thus suitable for vegetarians. It is traditional to eat moon cakes and give them as gifts throughout the month and these would be available at the retail counter to take away at Rs 300 for a box of three at Yauatcha New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Launched in 2004 in London, Yauatcha gained immediate critical acclaim and received its Michelin star within a year of opening. Yauatcha offers authentic dim sum with a contemporary influence as well as wok dishes and other small eats. The concept is a modern interpretation of the traditional Chinese teahouse featuring a wide range of Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Taiwanese teas. Yauatcha is also known for its handmade petitsgâteaux, macarons available both a la carte and retail.
TORONTO — TravelBrands is partnering with MSC to give away a free cruise on the TravelBrands BDM Facebook page.From March 13 – 31 agents have the opportunity to win a seven-night cruise in a balcony cabin onboard the new MSC Seaside.Here’s how the promotion works:1. Facebook members will automatically receive one ballot2. Facebook members will receive one ballot for every MSC booking made during the contest window3. Answer fun MSC Trivia questions throughout the contest and receive one ballot, plus one agent will receive $50 bonus Loyalty Points.During the last week of the promotion period TravelBrands says it will open the promotion up to the rest of its travel agent partners to earn a great free cruise. Facebook members will receive two ballots for every MSC booking during the last week.“We encourage all our agents to join our Facebook page as it provides you with exclusive incentives, invites and up to date constant assistance and information,” says the company. “We are making waves with the benefits of joining ‘Your TravelBrands BDM’ Facebook page and it just keeps getting better.”More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaTravelBrands says it wants to show the industry “just how much there is to offer with the cruise line and we have a lot in store over the next few weeks to keep our agents informed, engaged and motivated to sell MSC product.”For more details and information, click on travelbrandsagent.com.TravelBrands also has a client incentive: an exclusive onboard credit deal to help close the sale. The OBC is worth up to $300 and applicable on select departures and staterooms. Win an MSC cruise through TravelBrands’ BDM Facebook page Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: TravelBrands Share