October, 2019 Archive

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Walt Disney Company Invests in Young Native American Leaders

first_imgThe American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) has announced that The Walt Disney Company has committed $250,000 to create The Walt Disney Company American Indian College Fund Scholarship Program.The program will provide Native American and Alaska Native students who have financial need with multi-year support to attend tribal colleges and universities nationwide.The donation, announced at the American Indian College Fund’s 25th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles – which featured a performance by Jeff Bridges and the Abiders – will also support the “25 in 25” capital campaign to expand the College Fund’s student initiatives, including professional development, networking opportunities, internship programming and a new scholar and alumni program.“The College Fund is so honored to be the first American Indian organization to team with The Walt Disney Company on the implementation of a scholarship program for Native American students,” said Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “Collaborations like this help dreams come true and allow our students to experience a little of the magic that is Disney.”“When we looked at the American Indian College Fund we saw not only an organization doing important work, but one that benefits all tribes and educates future leaders and storytellers,” said Paul Richardson, Chief Diversity Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “Their mission aligns with our commitment to the inclusion, celebration, and growth of people from all different backgrounds and cultures.”Students can begin the application process online at www.collegefund.org.last_img read more

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Take A Charitable Cue From Your Favorite Celebrities

first_imgThe holiday season is all too often a whirlwind of gift buying and parties, but it is also the time of year when you think about making a positive impact in your community through volunteering or donating money.Take a Charitable Cue From Your Fave CelebritiesWhen it comes to deciding which charity to support, the choices can be overwhelming. Since you wouldn’t think twice about taking your fashion cues from a celebrity, why not follow your favorite star’s lead when it comes to worthy causes, too? Here are just a few celebrity-endorsed campaigns and causes to get you thinking about how and where you want to donate your time and money this holiday season and throughout the year.Donate a PhotoJohnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo campaign has attracted stars like Hilary Duff, Nigel Barker and Zachary Levi, but is designed so that anyone with a smartphone can participate.The way the campaign works is that users download the “Donate a Photo” app and then upload a photo once a day so that Johnson & Johnson donates $1 to one of the charities it has partnered with for this initiative. The photos are an easy way to raise money for causes like the American Diabetes Association and Operation Smile, and each photo is added to the Donate a Photo gallery to help raise awareness. To ensure your photos make a star out of the charity you choose, use a device like the iPhone 6 Plus with an 8-megapixel iSight camera and True Tone flash to produce professional-looking pictures, no matter your skill level.Charity MilesThe philanthropic app Charity Miles, which is endorsed by none other than Oprah, makes it easy to donate money all year round. All you have to do is download the app, turn it on when you exercise and watch as a corporate sponsor donates money to an organization on your behalf for each mile you run, walk or bike. Organizations sponsored by Charity Miles include the Wounded Warrior Project, Feeding America and The Nature Conservancy.Best BuddiesBest Buddies is an international organization focused on creating opportunities for friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies has won support from Nancy O’Dell, Maria Shriver, Tom Brady, Ciara, Clint Eastwood and many more. To follow in these celebrities’ footsteps, you can support the organization financially or through one of their volunteer opportunities. You also can participate in a Best Buddies’ Friendship Walk to raise money and awareness for the organization as well as to promote inclusion and opportunity for people with intellectual and development disabilities.Save the ChildrenThe list of celebrities who have worked with the charity Save the Children is long and varied, ranging from Whoopi Goldberg to Forest Whitaker to George Bush Sr. The organization works in the United States and around the world to better children’s health, education and disaster relief initiatives. If you wish to get involved with Save the Children, you can sponsor a child or become part of the Save the Children Action Network by advocating for children’s issues.last_img read more

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Aloe Blacc To Perform With MusiCorps Tonight

first_imgMusiCorps is to perform a free concert during the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, July 26 at the Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia.The event will feature a performance by internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Aloe Blacc. This free concert is the only event in support and celebration of injured veterans taking place at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. With over 1500 guests and over 35 federal and statewide elected officials, this will be the most talked about event of Tuesday.Formed in response to the crisis of returning service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, MusiCorps is a conservatory-level music rehabilitation program that helps wounded warriors play music and recover their lives.It has been praised by the Wall Street Journal as “revolutionary,” is pioneering in the field of adaptive music, and has helped countless wounded warriors learn or relearn how to play an instrument as a core part of their rehabilitation. With MusiCorps, disabilities disappear and severely injured veterans soar, reaching the highest levels of musical achievement. The band has wowed millions of people with powerful performances that speak to the talent and resilience of our veterans.WHEN: Tuesday, July 26. Doors open at 10 PM, immediately following the conclusion of the evening’s convention activities at the Wells Fargo Center.WHERE: The Trocadero Theater at the corner of 10th and Arch Streets in Center City Philadelphia.“I’m honored to perform with MusiCorps. As the child of a retired Marine Corps Major, I know the hard work that military personnel do to protect our freedoms and we are all indebted to their service,” said Blacc.Find out more about MusiCorps here.last_img read more

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Last Chance For Animals Launches New PSA Campaign With Kenya KinskiJones

first_imgLast Chance for Animals (LCA) announced today that model Kenya Kinski-Jones, daughter of music legend Quincy Jones, and supermodel/actress Nastassja Kinski will be featured in a PSA campaign for one of the international nonprofit’s key initiatives: raising awareness for the critically endangered mountain gorillas in Africa’s Virunga National Park.Video: Kenya Kinski Jones for LCA — Save the Mountain Gorilla!Currently a fashion “It Girl,” the 23 year-old Kinski-Jones is featured in designer Stella McCartney’s “POP” fragrance campaign, alongside other millennial role models including Madonna’s daughter Lourdes “Lola” Leon, actress Amandla Stenberg, and indie pop musician Grimes. Kinski-Jones has also appeared in a fashion campaign for Calvin Klein Jeans and has been featured in virtually every major fashion publication. Now, she’s forging a path as an animal activist to help raise awareness for severely endangered animals that are unable to protect themselves.“Kenya is an extraordinary young woman whose deep passion to protect animals combined with her rising celebrity status will help raise global awareness for the critical situation in Virunga facing the last remaining mountain gorillas on earth,” commented LCA Founder and President, Chris DeRose. “We are honored that she has chosen to collaborate with us on such an important issue.”Kinski-Jones is the latest celebrity to join in LCA’s efforts to advocate for animals. Other celebrity advocates include Kim Basinger, Pamela Anderson, Priscilla Presley, Randy Jackson, Kathy Griffin, Donna D’Errico and Josh Duhamel, among others.Watch Kenya’s PSA and learn more about LCA’s mountain gorilla campaign at www.LCASavingGorillas.org.last_img read more

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3rd Annual TIDAL X Brooklyn Concert To Benefit Hurricane Relief

first_imgGlobal music and entertainment platform TIDAL has announced the lineup for the 3rd Annual “TIDAL X: Brooklyn” charity concert hosted by Angie Martinez.The event includes Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled, Kaskade, Chris Brown, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Daddy Yankee, Yo Gotti, A$AP Ferg, Vic Mensa, Fifth Harmony, Joey Bada$$, Willow Smith, Belly, Iggy Azalea, Jessie Reyez, Mack Wilds, Machel Montano, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Mr. Eazi, Charly Black, Princess Nokia, Tee Grizzley, Rapsody, Kranium, Chloe x Halle, Cipha Sounds, Victory and more with special appearances by Rosie Perez and Lin-Manuel Miranda. This year’s performers are coming together in an effort to raise awareness and funds for organizations that support relief and recovery for those affected by the unprecedented natural disasters, including: Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria and the earthquakes that took place in Mexico.TIDAL also announced that BACARDĺ rum will be the presenting sponsor of TIDAL X: Brooklyn. As part of the sponsorship, BACARDĺ has committed $1.3 million specifically to TIDAL X: Brooklyn charities. This is in addition to the Bacardi family and company’s previously announced $3 million in general disaster relief support for local relief agencies supporting communities impacted in Florida, Puerto Rico, other islands in the Caribbean, The Bahamas, and Mexico.“This partnership with TIDAL: X touches on two areas that are very close to our heart – music and philanthropy. BACARDĺ is proud to play a part in raising awareness and funding for the regions affected by these terrible disasters, including Puerto Rico, Florida and the Caribbean region – all homes to our family and company,” said Facundo L. Bacardi, Chairman, Bacardi.BACARDĺ and TIDAL X: Brooklyn will join Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico by covering the cost of cargo planes desperately needed to transport donated goods (i.e., cleaning supplies, toiletries, canned food, clothing, etc.) to Puerto Rico. Artists will also participate in a public awareness campaign to encourage New Yorkers to donate goods and money to help the people of Puerto Rico recover.Governor Cuomo said, “After seeing the terrible devastation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands firsthand, it is clear that those affected by these natural disasters need our help more than ever. We in New York are putting the full weight of our resources behind recovery efforts, and I am grateful to TIDAL X: Brooklyn and its sponsors for joining us and helping to deliver much-needed goods to people in desperate need. We must do everything we can to help these communities rebuild, and I encourage all New Yorkers to join us in our efforts.”Fans worldwide will be able to learn more, purchase tickets, tune-in to the show and participate in fundraising efforts at TIDAL.com/BROOKLYN. One hundred percent of ticket proceeds will be donated to organizations including: The Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico, Global Giving, All Hands Volunteers, Kids in Need Foundation, Direct Relief, One America Appeal, Greater Houston Community Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union, Miami Community Foundation, Habitat For Humanity in Puerto Rico, and more.Learn more about how and where to donate goods to The Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico in the New York area here.last_img read more

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John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

first_imgPrize Amount$10,000Learn more Get Eligibility InformationLearn more Further InformationSarah BrownProgram OfficerPrizes Section1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 6004TTY: 1-866-565-5559 Advertisement The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 430.4 KB]. Advertisement John Hobday Awards in Arts Management Eligibility LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Advertisement Prize AmountTwo awards of $10,000 each may be given annually.EligibilityNote that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive an award.General eligibility criteria for both awardsOrganizations are not eligible to apply for these awards. To be eligible, you must:be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.have a minimum of 10 years’ experience (not necessarily continuous years) as a professional arts managerhave significant expertise in arts management in one or more of the seven disciplines funded by the Canada Council (dance, music, theatre, media arts, visual arts, writing and publishing, and/or inter-arts)Specific eligibility criteria for the Mentorship awardFor the Mentorship award, you and your mentor must be employed by different Canadian, professional arts organizations. In addition, the mentor must: be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canadahave significant expertise in arts management in one or more of the seven disciplines funded by the Canada Council (dance, music, theatre, media arts, visual arts, writing and publishing, and/or inter-arts)be working full time in a Canadian, professional arts organizationbe an established or mid-career arts managerhave submitted all overdue final reports to the Canada Council. Program DescriptionEstablished through a donation of $1 million from The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation to the Canada Council for the Arts, the awards recognize outstanding established and mid-career arts managers in Canadian professional arts organizations. Arts managers from any artistic discipline supported by the Canada Council may apply for the awards, which are intended for professional development, mentoring and related purposes.There are two distinct awards:The Professional Development and Renewal award allows an outstanding established or mid-career arts manager to take part in a short-term, recognized program, seminar or workshop for professional renewal and revitalization.The Mentorship award allows an exceptional mid-career arts manager who is seeking to acquire different knowledge, experience and skills to be mentored by an outstanding established or mid-career arts manager.The John Hobday Awards in Arts Management are intended for professional development of individual arts managers and not for direct assistance to arts organizations. Deadline(s)30 September, 2016If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. Deadline(s)30 September, 2016Learn more Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Your Favorite Influencers Arent Writing Their Own Content—These Women Are

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Consider this Kylie Jenner scandal from earlier this year: When a listicle of the intimate and somewhat regressive ways that Jenner supposedly likes to “spoil” her boyfriend—like buying him sex toys and baking him cookies—was published on her app in January, she had it immediately taken down. It was “a very personal post that I would never ever approve,” Jenner said that day on Twitter. “It’s unfair to me and you to think that those were my words.”READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment For a 22-year-old aspiring writer, it seemed like the perfect gig.Faith Xue had just graduated from USC when she was offered a job as Assistant Editor at Los Angeles-based media company EQAL in 2012. “The job description was very vague,” she tells MarieClaire.com. “I had no idea what I was getting into.” As Xue would soon find out, she had unwittingly become a ghostwriter, responsible for authoring blog posts, tweets, and Facebook statuses for a slew of famous bloggers, all under their names.The practice of ghostwriting has always been something of an open secret in the A-list world, but as our definition of “celebrity” has evolved from red-carpet types to social media stars, so has ghostwriting’s scope. Now it’s not just memoirs and magazines but even the intimate Instagram post that has a staff behind it. And in 2017, that world is more crowded—and volatile—than ever. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Netflix deal receives rough reception among Canadian cultural leaders

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: “In Canada, we have created regulations and rules by which companies are allowed to access our Canadian people and marketplace. Netflix and the other over-the-top services are not necessarily contributing to that content creation,” he added.Other online players are more positive, stating Ottawa is looking to the future with the deal with Netflix and, eventually, other digital platforms.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment There is a saying at Netflix Inc. that the company makes “content for people, not quotas.”This core philosophy has placed the streaming service in direct conflict with major parts of Canada’s cultural industries, which have worked for decades with strict rules and regulations that include quotas for Canadian content. In short order, Netflix’s promised $500-million investment has exposed a culture clash in the country’s creative community.“It’s unfortunate that the government doesn’t hold all broadcasters and distributors to the same rules when they are working in Canada,” said David Sparrow, national president of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, which represents 23,000 people working in film, television and digital media. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, speaks with media after her discussion at the VIFF Industry Exchange Day in Vancouver on Thursday. Ms. Joly has been travelling the country for more than a week promoting the federal government’s deal with Netflix. Although it falls under the Investment Canada Act, Ms. Joly signed it because it is related to the cultural sector.center_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Metis man battles NWT Ottawa over Aboriginal treaty rights

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Metis man in the Northwest Territories is taking both the territorial and federal governments to court over what he calls a violation of his Aboriginal and treaty rights.Clem Paul says both governments violated his rights when they launched a civil claim of trespassing against him.Earlier today, 15 boxes containing over 25,000 pages of evidence were wheeled into the Yellowknife courthouse in response.The matter goes back nearly 10 years when Paul built a cabin on Prosperous Lake, 20 kilometres outside of Yellowknife.Paul recognizes himself as a Mountain Island Metis, with Aboriginal and treaty rights to the land.The government of the NWT disagrees.last_img read more

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First Nation tobacco traders plan to fight Harper government over Bill C10

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn the last federal election the Conservatives promised to crack down on contraband tobacco and that’s exactly what they’ll do with Bill C10, the safe streets and communities act.Some say it targets First Nations involved in the Tobacco trade.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

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AFN National Chief Bellegarde admits he is in conflict employing girlfriend as

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde admits he is in a conflict of interest by employing his long-time partner as a senior adviser.Bellegarde, however, says the national chief position gives him the authority to hire “a number of political staff to support my vision and mandate,” according to a letter obtained by APTN National News.The arrangement is not sitting well with Six Nations Chief Ava Hill who wrote the national chief in March asking him to “rectify this conflict of interest situation.”Hill said in an interview with APTN that Bellegarde’s decision to hire his “girlfriend” simply reinforces the perception the First Nations leadership is not accountable or transparent.“I can’t hire my spouse. What would my community think of that? What if the prime minister hired his wife? It is a plain conflict of interest,” said Hill, whose Iroquois community sits south of Hamilton, Ont. “Chiefs are being criticized for this and that and the other thing and you have the national chief hiring his spouse.”Six Nations has the largest population of any First Nation in the country.Letter from Six Nations Chief Ava HillDownload (PDF, Unknown)The AFN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In the response letter to Hill, Bellegarde said he has tried to address the obvious conflict by having his partner Valerie Galley report to the AFN’s chief executive officer Peter Dinsdale.“You rightly acknowledge that there is a conflict of interest as Ms. Galley is my partner,” said Bellegarde, in the March 23 letter. “To ensure that all administrative and human resources issues are addressed, I have directed that Ms. Galley report to the (CEO) who will be overseeing all supervisory responsibility.”Dinsdale reports to Bellegarde and the AFN executive of chiefs.Dinsdale told the Turtle Island News, the Six Nations newspaper which first reported on Hill’s concerns, that Galley was already Bellegarde’s adviser when he was Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians and AFN regional chief.“So when he came into office here with his staff, his partner was on that staff,” said Dinsdale, according to the Turtle Island News.Turtle Island News also reported Bellegarde isn’t the first national chief to hire a partner. Former national chief Phil Fontaine appointed lawyer Kathleen Mahoney as AFN negotiator and adviser during Indian residential school settlement talks while the two were sharing a home, the newspaper reported.Letter from AFN National Chief Perry BellegardeDownload (PDF, Unknown)Hill said Bellegarde and Dinsdale have tried to “spin” her concerns as personal in nature because her daughter quit the AFN after Bellegarde transferred her to a new position.Hill said Bellegarde made the argument to Dene Nation Chief Bill Erasmus and Dinsdale mentioned the same to Ontario AFN regional Chief Isadore Day.Hill said her concerns have nothing to do with her daughter’s past employment with the AFN.Day issued a statement through a spokesperson that he is aware of the issue, but would not be commenting on it publicly.“There are other priorities,” said Day’s spokesperson.Day later tweeted that he wanted to allow for due diligence.“Affording respect and due diligence is prudent,” Day tweeted. “Seeking opportunities to address issues constructively is a responsibility.”affording respect and due diligence is prudent. Seeking opportunities to address issues constructively, is a responsibility.Eramsus did not immediately respond to requests for comment from APTN.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Directors pushing to put LGBTQ actors and issues onto the marquee

first_imgBeverly AndrewsAPTN NewsAs more Indigenous stories are making it to the big screen, there are still some characters missing.But two Indigenous filmmakers are working to create a more inclusive film experience.bandrews@aptn.ca@aptnbeverlylast_img

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Face to Face looks at structures of indifference that continue to devalue

first_imgFace to FaceTen years after the death of Brian Sinclair, Canada’s institutions continue to fail Indigenous people “by undermining and devaluing Indigenous life” argue co-authors of a new book.“Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City” is a book about the life and death of Brian Sinclair.Co-authors and history professors, Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry join Host Dennis Ward on Face to Face to discuss the book and the ongoing history of colonialism and Indigenous people’s relationship to it.“This story of a person who by all accounts did the right things” says co-author Adele Perry. “And yet he was repeatedly left in circumstances that ultimately led to his death.”Sinclair died in September 2008 of a treatable bladder infection after he was left untreated for 34 hours in a Winnipeg emergency room.“We have these histories of colonialism and racism and racial segregation in our systems that we are inheriting,” says co-author McCallum.“We see the end result of over and over again, whereby these deaths of these individuals get kind of normalized and then kind of condoned by the state.  It becomes something that’s natural and something that we expect.”During the writing of the book, the history professors believe there was a “moment of heightened visibility of anti-Indigenous racism, injustice and marginalization.”“Conversations were happening in a kind of a meaningful and genuine way and then following that we have this spate of incidents that kind of remind us that the world we live in still works in ways that as it very much did with Mr. Sinclair, devalues Indigenous peoples lives” says Perry referring to the recent high profile criminal trials.dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

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Lawmakers grill former Equifax chairman over data breach

first_imgWASHINGTON – House Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday grilled Equifax’s former chief executive over the massive data hack of the personal information of 145 million Americans, calling the company’s response inadequate as consumers struggle to deal with the breach.Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith apologized for the compromise of such information as names, addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers. Smith was the lone witness at the first of several Capitol Hill hearings this week. No current Equifax official testified.“The criminal hack happened on my watch, and as CEO, I am ultimately responsible, and I take full responsibility,” Smith said. “I am here today to say to each and every person affected by this breach, I am truly and deeply sorry for what happened.”Democrats favour legislation that they say would establish strong data security standards and prompt notification and relief for consumers when their information is hacked. But Republicans tamped down expectations for any congressional action as this year the GOP-led Congress has rolled back several Obama-era rules affecting businesses and the financial sector.“Equifax deserves to be shamed in this hearing, but we should also ask what Congress has done, or failed to do, to stop data breaches from occurring,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, the chairman of the subcommittee examining the breach, said there are already laws on the books that require companies to secure sensitive consumer data. He said hearings before four House and Senate panels this week should run their course before lawmakers make a decision about what to do next.“The big thing we heard today is it was a very human error on their part” Latta said.Separately, Equifax signed a $7.25 million contract last month with the Internal Revenue Service to verify taxpayer identities. The no-bid contract, first reported by Politico, is for Equifax to provide the IRS taxpayer and personal identity verification services.The contract stated that Equifax was the only company capable of providing these services to the IRS, and it was deemed a “critical” service that couldn’t lapse.Smith offered a timeline of what went wrong, saying the Department of Homeland Security warned the company on March 8 about the need to patch a particular vulnerability in software used by Equifax and other businesses. The company disseminated that warning by email the next day and requested that applicable personnel install the upgrade. The company’s policy requires the upgrade to occur within 48 hours, but that did not occur. The company’s information security department also ran scans on March 15 that did not pick up the vulnerability.In late July, data security officials noticed suspicious activity on a website, which Smith said “happens routinely around our business.” He said an internal investigation ensued and he was alerted the next day, but he had no knowledge at that time that consumers’ personal information had been accessed.Lawmakers pressed Smith about company executives selling stock in the company after the suspicious activity had been detected. On Aug. 1 and 2, Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble and two other executives, Rodolfo Ploder and Joseph Loughran, sold a combined $1.8 million in stock.Smith described the executives as “honourable men, men of integrity.” He said at that point in time the company was unaware that consumer data had been accessed.Schakowsky said “for a lot of Americans, that just doesn’t pass the smell test.”Smith said the full extent of what occurred emerged during a meeting he had with cybersecurity experts and outside counsel on Aug. 17. The board was alerted the following week and the public on Sept. 7, after the company had made plans for how it would try to help consumers respond.The timeline laid out by Smith didn’t satisfy many lawmakers, who accused the company of being too slow.“I worry that your job today is about damage control. You put a happy face on your firm’s disgraceful actions, and then depart with a golden parachute,” said Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. “Unfortunately, if fraudsters destroy my constituents’ savings and financial futures, there’s no golden parachute awaiting them.”Lawmakers said that at one point Equifax tweeted the wrong link for consumers to check to learn if they were part of the breach.“Talk about ham-handed responses, this is simply unacceptable,” said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.Smith said he was disappointed in the rollout of call centres and a website designed to help the people affected by the breach. He said the company has increased its number of customer service representatives and the website has been improved. He said more than 400 million consumers contacted the company in the weeks following the announcement of the breach. He said the company wasn’t prepared for that kind of volume.Lawmakers said they’re getting scores of calls from constituents concerned that their information was stolen and the potential ramifications in the years ahead. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., said hundreds of constituents have contacted his office about the company’s response.“The slow rollout and how poorly it was done. To me, it was just inexcusable,” Costello said.___Associated Press writer Ken Sweet in New York contributed.___Follow Kevin Freking on Twitter at https://twitter.com/APkfrekinglast_img read more

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Trump administration moves ahead with Obama menulabel law

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration is moving ahead with Obama-era requirements to post calorie counts in restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and pizza delivery chains nationwide next year.Despite years of opposition by some food sellers, the Food and Drug Administration is offering only minor compromises to industry complaints about the difficulties of displaying calories at takeout chains, self-service buffets and other non-restaurant food locations.The FDA posted a preliminary guidance online Tuesday to help businesses comply with the law.Trump appointees have delayed or upended regulations passed by the Obama administration including rules for water pollution, fuel emissions and policing for-profit universities. But the menu labeling rules, championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, appear on track to take effect next May after years of delays.Behind the law is the idea that people may think twice about buying their daily doughnut at the gas station if they see how many hundreds of calories it contains.“When you arm consumers with reliable information, they are going to make better decisions, smarter and more informed decisions about their diet,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Providing this information is more important now than ever because more people are eating their meals away from the home.”In a key move, the FDA rejected requests from pizza chains, including Domino’s Pizza, which wanted to post calorie information on their websites instead of each store location, arguing that most customers don’t visit their physical locations. However, the agency said stores have a variety of options for displaying calorie counts beyond traditional menu boards, including electronic kiosks, tablet devices and even paper menus.“At first glance, there appears to be some progress, showing that the FDA is listening to concerns,” Domino’s spokesman Tim McIntyre said in an email.However, he added that the company still wants Congress to intervene to change the law. Industry groups are backing legislation in the House of Representatives that addresses many of their concerns.Pizza chains have argued that displaying calorie counts in their locations doesn’t make any sense because most of their customers don’t come into the store. Grocery and convenience stores have said the rules would be more burdensome for them because they typically have more limited offerings than restaurants and one central ordering point.The FDA offered clarifications that it said could reduce the workload for some businesses. The agency said posters, coupons, mailings and other advertising materials are not considered menus and do not have to list calories.The agency will take comments on its guidelines for 60 days before moving to finalizing them.The restaurant industry has backed the law and major chains including Starbucks, Subway and McDonald’s are already posting calorie counts. New York City and several other cities have passed laws requiring restaurant chains to list the information, but the federal rule would apply to more places and require them in non-traditional food outlets such as gas stations and movie theatres.Most of the setbacks to implementing the 2010 law came during the Obama years. The FDA took more than four years to write the rules and establishments originally had until the end of 2015 to comply. But that deadline was pushed back twice. Last year, the Trump administration pushed the date back again to May 2018 to review how to “reduce costs and enhance flexibility.”Consumer advocates who lobbied for years to pass the law expressed relief after reviewing the FDA guidelines.“We were worried about the Trump administration caving to industry and weakening the information people get when they eat out,” said Margo Wootan, a lobbyist for the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “That didn’t happen today and that’s great news.”last_img read more

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TTC CEO Andy Byford leaving Toronto to head up New York City

first_imgTORONTO – The chief executive officer of Toronto’s transit agency is leaving his post to take a job as president and CEO of New York City Transit.Andy Byford — who announced his resignation Tuesday, six years after joining the Toronto Transit Commission — will remain on the job until Dec. 22, when deputy CEO Rick Leary is expected to take over as acting CEO.Byford told a news conference his time at the TTC has been the “absolute highlight” of his 28-year transit career to date.He says running New York City Transit is arguably the toughest job in transit right now and he’s looking forward to taking up the challenge beginning in mid-January.Byford says his last task in Toronto will be to open a long-awaited subway extension from north Toronto to Vaughan, Ont.Byford said he is most proud of his work on changing the prevailing culture at the TTC to make the organization more diverse and focus on supporting its employees.“World-class service can only be delivered through a highly motivated, well-informed team that wants to succeed and that feels supported in their mission,” he said. “We have put huge effort into changing the way we manage — focusing our attention on the vast majority of TTC employees that deliver great service day in and day out.”Byford also described an order of new streetcars from Bombardier as an “immensely frustrating” part of his time as CEO.“The fact that we only have 50 new streetcars now when we really should have about 150 of them is both a disappointment and a frustration,” he said. “Until the day I leave, every week now I’m having a weekly conference call with Bombardier to go through unit by unit where is it, when are we getting it.”Toronto Mayor John Tory said Byford is leaving the TTC in much better shape than it was when he became CEO.“Byford has been no less than superb when it comes to taking the tens of millions of additional dollars city council has given the TTC … and investing this new money quickly and wisely in restoring services previously cut and adding new service,” Tory said.Ontario’s transportation minister also wished Byford well.“On behalf of the province of Ontario I want to thank Andy not only for his leadership at the TTC but also for his unwavering and unquestionable dedication to getting the people of Toronto moving,” Steven Del Duca said in a statement.Byford came to the TTC from Australia, where he held the position of CEO for the Rail Corporation New South Wales. He had also previously held several positions with rail operators in the United Kingdom, including the London Underground.last_img read more

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Alberta proposes doityourself beer wine outlets and adds rules to cannabis

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta is making changes to help do-it-yourself brewers and wine makers, along with laying out more rules underpinning the pending legalization of cannabis.The changes are in a bill introduced in the house by Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley.The bill will allow businesses to be set up for customers to make their own beer and wine on site.On the cannabis front, the changes will make clear that private operators who set up cannabis outlets can’t use store names that suggest their product is tied to medical or therapeutic benefits, and can’t entice children.Fines for breaking rules under the Gaming and Liquor Act will rise from $200,000 to $1 million.Finance Minister Joe Ceci says they’re creating do-it-yourself wine and beer making outlets at the request of many Albertans, and says craft brewers aren’t worried this will cut their market share.last_img read more

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Wagerers crossing the Delaware and Hudson for sports bets

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – In the time it takes for a red light to turn green, Leonard Sciascia can get his sports bets made, turn around and head home.The 39-year-old man from New York City’s Staten Island runs his own business selling advice on which teams to bet on. But when he wants to take his own advice, he needs to leave home and cross the border into New Jersey — the only place near him where sports betting is legal.He drives across the Bayonne Bridge, stops at the first traffic light, logs in to his mobile betting account with playsugarhouse.com, make his bets, turns around and drives back home. The whole process takes 25 minutes, door to door. He considers the $6.50 toll part of the price of doing business.“I’m looking at (betting) lines all day,” Sciascia said. “If I see something I like, I jump in my car and go.”Sports betting is all over the New York area — on the airwaves, billboards, train station ads and publications. But in order to actually place a legal sports bet, gamblers have to be within New Jersey’s borders. It’s the only game in, or rather near, town right now for people in New York and Pennsylvania who want to bet for the Philadelphia Eagles, against the New York Giants, or a thousand other options.So they travel into New Jersey.Some drive across bridges, or through tunnels. Some take a PATH train under the Hudson River from New York City into Jersey City or Hoboken. And some even ride their bicycles just over halfway across the George Washington Bridge, hoping the geolocation technology on their smartphones will realize they’re in New Jersey, however briefly it might be.And it’s all perfectly legal, as long as they are physically in New Jersey. They can bet in person at most Atlantic City casinos, as well as at racetracks in East Rutherford and Oceanport, New Jersey. Or they can bet anywhere in the state on their mobile devices.FanDuel says 9 per cent of its sports book customers live in New York and 4 per cent live in Pennsylvania. DraftKings has a similar breakdown, and says about 10 per cent of its active customers visit New Jersey from other states to place bets.Maurice Shalam travels each Sunday morning from Brooklyn into Manhattan, where he catches a train into New Jersey.“I’ll get off the train and stand right in the station, a few steps from where I got off, take out my phone, do my bets right there, and go back home,” he said. The 30-minute round trip across the river and back, along with the $5.50 fare, is just part of the price of playing, he said.The 23-year-old uses the FanDuel and DraftKings mobile apps, depending on whose odds are better that day.“I’m a big ‘over’ guy,” he said, referring to a bet that the total number of points scored in by both teams in a football game will exceed a certain number. “I bet a lot on the Chiefs and the over this year, and I’m doing pretty well with that.”New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May clearing the way for all 50 states to offer legal sports betting if they choose. So far, only five do: New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware, West Virginia and Mississippi, but others are considering it, and Pennsylvania is about to join soon.Since New Jersey began taking sports bets in mid-June, over $336 million has been wagered on spots in New Jersey.Laurence Berner lives in Philadelphia but works in a Trenton, New Jersey, rail yard for Amtrak. He places his bets during his morning rest break.Pennsylvania will begin allowing sports bets in a few weeks, but for now, New Jersey is the only option for the 31-year-old Berner, who makes $5 bets on eight-team parlay cards that pay off hundreds of dollars — providing he picks all eight games correctly. Two weeks ago he won $895 on one such bet.“It’ll definitely be easier when it comes to Pennsylvania, but for now, I’m at work in New Jersey, so I can do it there,” he said.For fellow Pennsylvania resident Anthony Tonzelli, sports betting is his job. The 44-year-old professional gambler from Bensalem crosses the Ben Franklin or Burlington-Bristol bridges over the Delaware River into New Jersey five days a week to make sports bets — lots of them. He has made $380,000 worth of sports bets since August, and is down about $3,000 since then.“This is just like going to a job for me,” he said. “Driving over the bridge and paying a toll really doesn’t matter when you’re putting $300 on a game,” said Tonzelli, who estimates he bets $5,000 a week on sports.Sometimes he’ll sit at a bar or restaurant and watch how his picks did; other times he’ll continue east to Atlantic City and play poker there. And when sports betting starts in Pennsylvania, Tonzelli still envisions himself crossing into New Jersey whenever the odds on a particular game are better.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC___This story has been corrected to show the percentage of DraftKings users crossing into New Jersey is 10 per cent, not 20 per cent.last_img read more

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Stingray inks deal to acquire radio station in Drumheller Alta

first_imgMONTREAL — Stingray Group Inc. says it has entered into an agreement to acquire a music radio station in Drumheller, Alta., for an undisclosed price.The Montreal-based company, which provides advertising-free music service through major Canadian distributors, says it is buying the assets of CHOO-FM from Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.Stingray’s head of radio operations, Ian Lurie, says the acquisition complements its country-based CKDQ-AM by focusing limited resources in a small-market environment.The transaction is subject to approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and is expected to close mid-year. Companies in this story: (TSX: RAY.A)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Maintenance work scheduled tonight for Taylor Bridge

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Dawson Road Maintenance North Peace have announced that more maintenance work will be taking place on the Taylor Bridge.Dawson Road Maintenance says maintenance will be taking place tonight, July 31, from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.Traffic will be single lane alternating with up to 20-minute delays. DRM is advising drivers to plan this delay in their commute.Check DriveBC for updates, or you can call the after-hours line at 1-888-883-6688.last_img

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