From harvesting the bark to the final touches, 10 Nova Scotia students have participated in making an ocean-going, birch-bark canoe and learned about film-making in one unique experience. Mi’kmaq artisan Todd Labrador built the 17-foot (5.2 metre) ocean-going, birch-bark canoe at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The students participated and filmed the project through ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth, in partnership with the Mi’kmaq Liaison Office of the Department of Education. The students were mentored by film industry professionals and helped build Mr. Labrador’s canoe. “The project is a great example of government departments and the community working together to teach students and to record history for future generations,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. The 10 students come from diverse cultural backgrounds. Filming began in July and was completed this month. Twenty-seven hours of filming was done on location in Kejimkujik National Park, Maitland Bridge and Bridgewater. There was about 66 hours of filming and workshop time with the students and Mr. Labrador at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. More than 100 hours were invested in post-production, which includes editing, sound mixing and colour correction. The documentary film will premiere at the 10th anniversary of Viewfinders: International Film Festival for Youth. It will be scheduled as part of the following programs at Empire Theatres Dartmouth Crossing:– 10th Anniversary Gala event, today, April 13, 7 p.m.– Aboriginal Shorts, Friday, April 15, 12:15 p.m. More information of the Viewfinders Film Festival is available at www.atlanticfilm.com/view .
New Delhi: Rainfall in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Monday has brought some relief from the scorching heat as the temperature dropped significantly in the region. The Met department is expecting rain and thunderstorm to continue in the capital and the NCR in the next 48 hours. Residents of Delhi have been witnessing pleasant weather for the past four days. The Ridge Observatory in the capital recorded a maximum temperature of 33.8 degree Celsius on Wednesday, which was 5 degrees below normal. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark Aya Nagar recorded the highest temperature of 37 degree Celsius, which was expected to go down as the day progressed. The Safdarjung area also recorded similar temperatures. Pleasant conditions were also witnessed in the airport area near Palam where the maximum temperature was around 37 degree Celcius. The pleasant conditions have been attributed to the western disturbance moving across the hills of North India and moisture incursion from the Arabian Sea in the wake of Cyclone Vayu. Temperatures in Delhi, Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad and Ghaziabad are expected to remain pleasant in the coming two days before the mercury again goes up in the weekend.
Kolkata: Three persons were arrested at the Jorasanko police station on Thursday for allegedly trying to smuggle gold bars worth more than Rs one crore.According to sources, on Thursday, the police got a tip -off that a few persons will come to Burrabazar area with huge quantity of gold. Based on the secret information, police started keeping a tab in Burrabazar area. In the afternoon, the police identified three persons and detained them. The trio was taken to Jorasanko police station and their bags were searched. During the search, the police found three gold bars and a lot of cash. Following the evaluation, it was found that the gold was valued worth Rs 1.14 crore approximately. The money was also counted and it was found that they were carrying Rs 1.35 lakh with them. Gold and cash were seized. During the investigation, the police suspect that the gold was smuggled from Bangladesh. The trio had come from Rajasthan and Mumbai to receive the gold from Kolkata. Police are trying to know whether the arrested persons are connected with any hawala group. Recently, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had arrested four persons from Salt Lake and seized gold worth Rs 2.53 crore.
LONDON – The Queen has visited Canada House in central London to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.The Queen was joined by her husband Prince Philip at the celebration Wednesday.She was given a sapphire brooch from the Canadian people to mark her sapphire jubilee.Governor General David Johnston used what is likely to be his final meeting with the queen before his term of office ends to thank Elizabeth for her “65 years as our sovereign.”He praised her role in Canada’s national life.The Queen toured a collection of Canadian artifacts from the royal collection — including many with photographs of her presiding at important events.It was the final public engagement before the queen begins an extensive summer holiday in Scotland.
GATINEAU, Que. — The head of Quebecor questioned the power of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in its quarrel with Bell.The telecom regulator held a hearing today to address the dispute between the two media companies that led to the temporary suspension of TVA Sports’ signal for Bell subscribers until a judge last week ordered the return of the service.In his opening comments, CRTC chairman Ian Scott reiterated its role in “protecting Canadians” who are “victims of this dispute.”But Quebecor chief executive Pierre Karl Peladeau responded by raising doubts about the commission’s power to force the service to continue during the dispute, especially when one side doesn’t want to maintain a business relationship with the other because of a dispute over royalties paid to the specialty channels.Bell executives later accused Quebecor of “spreading lies” and asked for the revocation of TVA Sports’ licence, or at least a suspension until the end of NHL playoffs.Last week, the Quebec Superior Court ordered Quebecor to restore the signal of the three TVA Sports channels to Bell subscribers by Friday night, which Quebecor did. Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:QBR.B)The Canadian Press
“They pay with their health, their development and – too often – also with their lives,” Hilde Johnson, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, told reporters in New York.Every year, three million children under the age of five die from environment-linked diseases, such as diarrhoeal disease, respiratory infections and malaria, and the agency predicts that these numbers will rise with climate change, she said.Curbing climate change and UNICEF’s top priority – to protect and support the health, development and education of children – are closely interlinked. “Action to protect the environment will protect the basic rights of children,” Ms. Johnson noted.Ms. Johnson voiced hope that the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, will produce a successful outcome.Acknowledging that UNICEF does not have an environmental mandate, she said the agency nevertheless hopes that emissions reductions become a reality due to the detrimental impact of global warming on children.The agency today also launched a new publication spotlighting the concerns of children and youth about climate change.Entitled “Climate Change and Children,” it also outlines the dangers global warming poses to children in the form of food insecurity, deforestation, lack of energy infrastructure, increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters, disease and water scarcity. 12 December 2007Children are among those who are most devastated by climate change, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.
Franco Mamone, who had been missing since Wednesday, was found today. Carolyn Loconte talked to Inspector Ryan Diodati from the Hamilton Police to get the latest.
“It is no secret that the drafting of the constitution and the preparations involved are of special significance to Libya’s democratic transition towards stability and prosperity,” the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a news release. “Representation and meaningful participation of women in the Constitution-Drafting Assembly and in the process of drafting the constitution will consequently contribute to the building of the new Libya.”UNSMIL noted that women played a significant role in sparking the 17 February Revolution which toppled former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi two years ago. “[Women] worked tirelessly to consolidate the values of the revolution in building an inclusive state of law and equality, and impressively participated in the country’s first free elections in over four decades,” UNSMIL said.The Mission added that women’s representation in public life has largely been possible due to the special measures adopted for the elections last year, which allowed 32 women to win seats in the parliament, and urged decision-makers to consider adopting special measures in the elections to the Constitution-Drafting Assembly.“Special measures for women, including quotas, are effective tools in helping increase women’s political participation and are in line with international standards and obligations,” UNSMIL said. “The elections of 2012 serve as an exemplary example of the positive impact of special measures on women’s representation, not only for Libya but for the whole world.”The Mission also reiterated its commitment to support Libyans in their democratic transition, and in particular to facilitate the participation of women in public life.
Adopting a ministerial declaration on Wednesday, countries also agreed to enhance resilience and mitigate disaster risk, through a regional action plan, making Asia-Pacific the first region ever to adopt a coordinated approach to using space technology and geospatial information services, in the service of development.Hongjoo Hahm, the acting head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), highlighted that the declaration reaffirms countries’ commitment to the key role of space technology for a sustainable future.“Our region has the potential to achieve a developmental transformation that will serve as a global model on the cooperative use of innovative technologies for the common good of humankind,” he said.Our region has the potential to achieve a developmental transformation that will serve as a global model on the cooperative use of innovative technologies for the common good of humankind – Hongjoo Hahm, acting head of ESCAPAccording to ESCAP, countries that do not have space programmes or have limited capacity, can benefit immensely by working with nations which do. One such example is Mongolia – a pilot country for a space-based drought monitoring mechanism – which recently established its own surveillance system, with technical support from China, India and Thailand.The 21-point ministerial declaration also includes a specific call on Governments to promote women’s participation in science and technology education, in addition to the space and development pledges.Countries also urged the UN to promote regional cooperation and support sharing of good practices as well as assist with the development of national polices relating to the aims of the declaration.Action plan on space applications for sustainable developmentAlso endorsed on Wednesday, the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action on Space Applications for Sustainable Development (2018-2030) will help countries harness space applications and digital innovations to strengthen the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The Plan of Action was formulated through a comprehensive and inclusive consultation process driven by country needs, according to ESCAP.It focuses on six key sectoral areas, including disaster risk management; natural resource management; connectivity; social development; energy; and climate change, and will be implemented through research and knowledge-sharing; capacity-building and technical support; and intergovernmental processes.On mitigating impacts of climate change, for instance, specific action includes developing space application capacity for climate modelling and vulnerability mapping as well as providing access to Earth observation data and products derived from space data through the Space Climate Observatory.ESCAP is the UN’s socio-economic development arm in the Asia-Pacific region. Its 53 member States and 9 associate members span a geographic area from the Pacific island of Tuvalu in the east to Turkey in the west, and Russia in the north to New Zealand in the south. The region is home to nearly two-thirds of the world’s population.
← Previous Story SEE YOU IN MAY 2018: Ukrainians and Croats win Masters Handball World Cup Next Story → RK PPD Zagreb to present Kasim Kamenica as new coach In their first encounter after finall at World Championship 2017 in Paris, Norway beat France 35:30 to come closer to VISA for the EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia. The future playmaker of Paris Saint Germain, Sander Sagosen was brilliant with 13 goals.Norway – 35: Espen Christiansen (GB) ; Torbjorn Bergerud (GB) – Sander Sagosen (13/17) ; Joakim Hykkerud ; Bjarte Myrhol (4/5) ; Kent Robin Tönnesen (5/6) ; Magnus Joendal (4/5) ; Henrik Jakobsen : Kristian Björnsen (5/8) ; Andre Lindboe ; Christian O’Sullivan (2/5) ; Eivind Tangen (0/1) ; Goran Johannessen (2/2) ; Harald Reinkind ; Espen Lie Hansen.France – 30: Thierry Omeyer (GB) ; Vincent Gerard (GB) – Nedim Remili (7/12) ; Olivier Nyokas ; Daniel Narcisse (5/7) ; Nikola Karabatic (2/5) ; Kentin Mahé (5/8) ; Mathieu Grébille (0/1) ; Timothey N’Guessan (4/5) ; William Accambray ; Luc Abalo (4/5) ; Cédric Sorhaindo ; Luka Karabatic (0/1) ; Ludovic Fabregas (2/4) ; Adrien Dipanda ; Valentin Porte (1/1)TEXT: Djordje Pevcevic
The Greek state has collected less tax revenues than what was expected during September, with data released on Wednesday by the State General Accounting Office revealing that the net budget revenues target for the month was missed by €93 million.The figures paint a dramatic picture about the citizen’s inability to pay their taxes, as this was a month where both income tax and Single Property Tax (ENFIA) payments were made.Taxes not finding their way to the Greek state’s coffers could have an impact on the country’s negotiations with its creditors over the amount of the primary surplus, potentially leading to more pension cuts from the next year onwards.Meanwhile, according to the figures, the primary budget surplus has climbed to €4.795 billion surpassing the €2.52 billion target, owing partly to a €1.283 billion shortfall in Public Investment Program spending during 2018 until the month of September. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Diego Maradona has tendered an apology to FIFA and its referees for his comments where he said that England’s last 16 victory over Colombia in the World Cup was “a monumental theft “ and that the referee Mark Geiger that was sent to officiate the match was not up to the job.Earlier today FIFA rebuked Maradona for comments about the credibility of Geiger and it seems Argentina’s legend has become remorseful for his comment as he has finally said he is so sorry for such comments about Tuesday’s game.“Overcome by emotion in cheering for Colombia the other day I said a couple of things and I admit, some of them were unacceptable,” Maradona wrote on his Instagram account.“My apologies to FIFA and its president (Gianni Infantino); although I sometimes disagree with some refereeing decisions I have the utmost respect for the work — which isn’t easy — that the referees do.”Lautaro has a better start than Argentina’s greatest legends Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After his impressive exhibition vs Mexico last Tuesday, Lautaro Martinez officially surpassed the start of Argentina’s greatest legends.We truly can’t stress enough incredible Lautaro…England became victorious in the match on penalties following 120 minutes that looked like a war zone and protests to the referee as well as the drama of feigning injury.FIFA, on the other hand, said it was “doing everything within its power to ensure principles of fair play, integrity and respect are at the forefront of this World Cup and how the organisation is now run.”In that context, FIFA said it was “extremely sorry to read such declarations from a player who has written the history of our game.”
Hear DRAM’s Surprise EP dram-drops-surprise-ep-thats-girls-name Facebook The GRAMMY-nominated rapper/singer has gifted the world with a new three-pack of tracksRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 18, 2018 – 3:33 pm DRAM — yes, of “Broccoli” fame — is back at it again. This time he surprise-released a new EP titled That’s A Girl’s Name on July 18. DRAM Drops Surprise EP ‘That’s A Girl’s Name’ NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 17, 2017 – 3:06 pm DRAM Talks Favorite Kendrick Lamar Tour Off-Day News Email Twitter The three-pack of tracks includes, per Billboard’s assessment, “the bubbly ‘Best Hugs,’ a more self-reflecting DRAM on ‘WWYD?’ and the rock-tinged ‘Sundress’ to close it all out.” The set was produced by Josh Abraham and Ogilee.That’s A Girl’s Name follows DRAM’s 2017 holiday-themed EP #1HappyHoliday and his 2016 debut full-length studio album Big Baby D.R.A.M., which includes features from GRAMMY winner Erykah Badu and GRAMMY nominee Lil Yachty.And if you are attending the 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival on July 22, you might just hear the charismatic rapper perform these news tracks live during his set.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
A fifth-grader was reportedly raped by a local trader at Radhanagar union in Atoari upazila of Panchagarh, reports UNB.According to the victim’s statement, local trader Arif Hossain forcibly took her to a field and violated her when she was on her way to attend a programme of devotional music just one kilometer from her house on 16 August.After returning home, the victim shared the matter with her parents.Victim’s father filed a case with Atoari police station on 18 August in this regard, while police arrested Arif from his house in Sardarpara area of Mirzapur union in the upazila.The victim was admitted to the upazila health complex, said officer-in-charge of Atoari police station.
Update: It seems Ouya is turning out to be incredibly popular. Not even a day has passed and the total raised is about to fly past the $950,000 Boxer8 hoped to raise. Could this end up being a Kickstarter project more successful than Double Fine Adventure?When we first started hearing about the stylish Ouya gaming box, there weren’t a lot of details to go around. Its creators were aiming for a street price of $99, the console and controller were designed by Yves Behar, and all the games offered on Ouya would be free-to-play. Now, Ouya has hit Kickstarter and Boxer8 (the company behind Ouya) is offering up the full details.For starters, they’ve revealed hardware specs. The Ouya will run an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor (just like the Nexus 7), 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. That’s not a ton of space for games if you’re talking about full-blown, immersive console-quality titles, but there is a USB 2.0 port onboard as well, which should make hooking up an external hard drive possible. Ouya will also feature 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and an HDMI output will push 1080P video to your HDTV or monitor.Android is the key, of course, and Boxer8 is hoping that ease of development and hackability will attract developers to Ouya in swarms. They’ve already gotten some of the biggest names in indie game development interested, including Mojang, Karateka, and Madfinger Games. One interesting note is that every Ouya will ship with the platform’s SDK installed — meaning it’s not just a console, but a development unit as well.And all the great games Boxer8 hopes fill the stores of Ouya’s digital market? They’ll include a free-to-play option. Whether that’s a trial, a feature-limited experience, or a full-blown freebie funded by in-game purchases is up to developers, but they’re following the model established by mobile games and an incresing number of MMOs it seems.While games are front and center, video will be an important part of the Ouya experience, too. Boxer8 has already teamed up with Twitch.TV, the popular game broadcasting service. It wouldn’t be a shock to see apps like Netflix and Hulu make their way to Ouya either, since it’s really just another Tegra 3 Android device.Boxer8 is already a third of the way to their $950,000 goal — not a surprise since $95 gets you a first-run console and controller. If a projected ship date of March 2013 doesn’t bother you, head on over to Kickstarter and pledge away. Every dollar they raise past their goal just means more awesomeness once the Ouya arrives.More at Kickstarter
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 20, 2017 5 min read Dear Jacqueline,I have an employee who always seems to be texting on her personal phone. She keeps it beside her computer and checks it every few minutes. It looks like she’s more interested in her social life and I feel it’s unfair to all of us in the office who work hard and stay focused. What are your recommendations about excessive texting in the office? How do I put this to an end?Best regards, Tired of TextsDear Tired,Your problem is not uncommon, I often hear complaints about excessive texting at work and socially. Texting has become a normal part of our daily lexicon, often to the point where we prefer to text rather than actually speak to people. In fact, a Gallup poll reported that texting is a dominant way Americans under 50 communicate.The problem is, there isn’t a lot of guidance around what, for most people, is a casual form of communication. Many employee manuals and orientations don’t cover texting at work, which makes knowing what to do or not to do all the more stressful.If this person’s behavior is disruptive to your work, you must address the issue. Make sure you pull this employee aside and speak with her in private. You can say something like, “Jill, I want you to be as productive as possible while you’re here at work, so I have to ask you to put your phone away. I’ve noticed that you’ve been texting more frequently lately and it’s becoming a distraction.”Communication is key. Give your employee an opportunity to state her case. Who knows, she may be dealing with a sick child at home or some personal matters that require much of her attention. Let her know that you care about her success and will work with her to make sure she has enough time to handle these issues without interfering with her day-to-day responsibilities. Be sure to document your conversation just in case she refuses to stop this behavior and you have to take more drastic measures in the future.Otherwise, if you do nothing, it sends a message to other workers that this type of behavior is acceptable, and can ultimately be counterproductive to your company’s success. Establish some company guidelines around texting. Here are some suggestions:1. Keep it brief.Texting is an interruption and can lead to an addiction-like compulsion. According to W. Chris Winter, MD, author of The Sleep Solution, receiving a text releases a surge of dopamine into the brain. “There is a lot of reward and addictive types of behavior that go along with their phones. [Teens] get such a powerful dopamine response that their body becomes conditioned to wanting more of that.” The more texts you send, the more you receive. Those times when you need to text while at work, keep it brief. Only text when response time is important.Related: Trigger These 4 Key Brain Chemicals for Happier Workers2. Don’t text anything you wouldn’t want posted in your company newsletter.If you send or receive a text from a company-owned device or over the company network, the message is considered company domain. Depending on the circumstances, you can get fired for sending what you assume to be a private email or text if it alludes to some criminal activity, some act against the employer or coworkers, unlawful harassment or bullying. Never bad-mouth the boss or your peers and read and re-read your text before hitting “send.”Related: 4 Ways to Keep Employees Focused on Work and Not Their Phones3. Ask permission.Don’t assume that everyone likes to communicate the same way. If you use your phone for work purposes, ask permission before sending texts to clients, customers and coworkers. Some people find the communication intrusive instead of imperative.4. Take texting breaks.It can be difficult to corral the urge to check messages once that pattern has been established, especially since we keep our cell phones near us at all times. In 2015, Deloitte’s Global mobile consumer survey found that Americans collectively check their phones 46 times a day, with those ages 18-24 checking 75 times, those ages 25-34 looking 50 times, and those 35-44 checking 35 times a day. Leave the phone in a purse or drawer, out of sight and reach, or set dedicated times for taking breaks and checking messages.Related: 5 Facts About Communication in the Workplace You Need to Know5. Use other methods of communication. Texting is most effective when you require a quick response or if you share a key piece of information. It’s not meant for hashing out complicated situations or discussing details or confidential matters. If it takes more than three text messages to answer a question, pick up the phone instead.Related: Can Distractions Actually Boost Productivity in the Workplace?6. Reply promptly.Texting is much faster (and oftentimes more convenient) than email. If someone sends a text to you, they most likely want a speedy reply. Respond accordingly.7. Spell and punctuate properly.In general, it’s okay to use common abbreviations like FYI, BTW, and Thank U, but it’s still important to make sure your spelling is correct. Your company brand could be at stake if you don’t pay attention to the details.Related: 10 Ways Even Introverts Can Make Friends at Work8. Eliminate the emoticons.Emoticons are fine when communicating with a friend or family member. They are not appropriate for customers and clients who keep you employed.It doesn’t matter how powerful or accomplished you are, or whether you are a line-level employee or the boss, use your best judgment and keep your text messages clean and professional.If you have a business etiquette question for Jacqueline, email her at Jackie@EtiquetteExpert.com. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
The talk show host tweeted on Thursday to her 77 million followers, ‘Bermuda just banned marriage equality. I guess I’m canceling my trip. Anybody else?’Bermuda just banned marriage equality. I guess I’m canceling my trip. Anybody else? https://t.co/c5bwUbyjZt pic.twitter.com/VpT5QQAFsq— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 7, 2018In February, Bermuda’s Governor John Rankin signed the Domestic Partnership Act 2017, legislation which ended marriage equality.By signing the bill, Bermuda became the first and only nation in the world to cancel marriage equality. Same-sex marriages were legal on the island for just nine months.The Domestic Partnership Act 2017 clarifies that ‘a marriage is void unless the parties are respectively male and female.’Same-sex marriage became legal in Bermuda in May 2017 following a Supreme Court ruling. Winston Godwin and his Canadian fiancé, Greg DeRoche were the original plaintiffs in that case. Gay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalCruise operator called to boycott Bermuda for repealing equal marriageBermuda Tourism and LGBT Discrimination: Governor John Rankins has to decideRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ellen-boycott-bermuda-following-sex-marriage-ban/ Ellen DeGeneres has joined the Boycott Bermuda bandwagon, encouraging people to skip vacationing on the island which recently revoked same-sex marriage rights. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Ellen DeGeneres [YouTube] However, when the Progressive Labour Party gained a majority in the Bermuda Parliament after the July 2017 elections, MP Wayne Furbert announced his intention to introduce a bill banning same-sex marriage.That bill passed the House by a 24-10 vote and the Senate by an 8-3 vote in December.Same-sex couples are still permitted to enter into domestic partnerships. The Bermuda government says that domestic partnerships will offer equal rights as marriage.Bermuda’s Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown said the act ‘gives same-sex couples rights equivalent to those enjoyed by heterosexual married couples’.‘The Act is intended to strike a fair balance between two currently irreconcilable groups in Bermuda,’ Brown added. ‘By restating that marriage must be between a male and a female while at the same time recognising and protecting the rights of same-sex couples.’A lawsuit has already been filed to reverse the same-sex marriage ban.Tourism accounted for $431 million (€350 million) of the Bermudan economy in 2017, according to the Bermuda Tourism Authority.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…
Yesterday, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), supported by Google, Amazon, and Facebook, proposed ‘A Grand Bargain on Data Privacy Legislation for America’ along with the lawmakers. According to The Verge, the proposal states that “any new federal data privacy bill should preempt state privacy laws and repeal the sector-specific federal ones entirely.” The proposal highlights a few basic characteristics such as requiring more transparency, data interoperability, and users to opt into the collection of sensitive personal data. “All 50 states have their own laws when it comes to notifying users after a data breach, and ITIF asks for a single breach standard in order to simplify compliance. It also calls to expand the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to fine companies that violate the data privacy law, something industry leaders have asked for in the past”, the Verge reports. The proposal would additionally preempt state laws like California’s new privacy act while revoking other federal privacy legislation laws, which include Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Alan McQuinn, the ITIF senior policy analyst, said, “Privacy regulations aren’t free—they create costs for consumers and businesses, and if done badly, they could undermine the thriving U.S. digital economy. Any data privacy regulations should create rules that facilitate data collection, use, and sharing while also empowering consumers to make informed choices about their data privacy”. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said, “This proposal would protect no one – it is only a grand bargain for the companies who regularly exploit consumer data for private gain and seek to evade transparency and accountability.” He also said that the proposal simply highlights the fact that Big tech cannot be trusted to write their own rules. To know more about this in detail, visit The Verge. Read Next ACLU files lawsuit against 11 federal criminal and immigration enforcement agencies for disclosure of information on government hacking The US to invest over $1B in quantum computing, President Trump signs a law The district of Columbia files a lawsuit against Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica scandal
FILE – In this Oct. 8, 2018 file photo, Steve Carell arrives at the premiere of “Beautiful Boy” in Beverly Hills, Calif. Carell will reunite with his creative team from “The Office,” Greg Daniels and Howard Klein, for the new Netflix comedy series “Space Force.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2019 12:52 pm PDT Carell, ‘Office’ producers reteam for ‘Space Force’ comedy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Steve Carell is starring in a new workplace comedy that could be out of this world.Netflix said Wednesday that Carell is re-teaming with “The Office” producers Greg Daniels and Howard Klein on the series “Space Force.”It’s about the people assigned to create a sixth branch of the armed services focused on space, the streaming service said.The premise is grounded in reality: Last year, the Trump administration directed the Pentagon to form a Space Command aimed at the creation of a Space Force branch.Carell and Daniels are the sitcom’s co-creators and will serve as executive producers along with Klein.Daniels co-created NBC’s 2015-13 “The Office,” based on the original Ricky Gervais-Stephen Merchant U.K. mockumentary series.The Associated Press