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LGBTQ+ activists denounce SF Pride Board decision against B. Manning

first_imgWhistleblower Daniel Ellsberg supports B. Manning.Carrying signs that read “I am Bradley Manning,” some 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied activists protested at the offices of the San Francisco Pride Board on April 29 in light of the board’s refusal to accept the selection of Pvt. B. Manning as a grand marshal of the 2013 San Francisco Pride parade. Manning, who in February proudly admitted to releasing documents to WikiLeaks that exposed the U.S. military’s war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, is hailed by many as an anti-war hero and a representative of the continuing legacy of LGBTQ+ activism. Manning remains imprisoned, awaiting a court decision on the case.Manning was nominated as a grand marshal by a member of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, which is composed of former grand marshals, and voted in by the committee’s members. However, just hours after the Bay Area Reporter announced Manning’s selection, the president of the Pride Board, Lisa L. Williams, released an incendiary statement saying that the announcement of Manning’s selection had been “a mistake” made by a lone staff person who had been consequently “disciplined.” Williams further declared that “even the hint” of support for Manning at this year’s parade “would not be tolerated.”LGBTQ+ activists are outraged by Williams’ suggestion, in the statement, that Manning’s actions “placed in harms way the lives of our men and women in uniform” — language that closely mirrors the rhetoric of imperialist politicians and prosecutors in Manning’s case, and ignores the fact that Manning courageously released the WikiLeaks documents in an effort to prevent the continued losses of life to illegal wars. They also condemn the San Francisco Pride Board’s hypocritical embrace of anti-worker, pro-war corporate sponsors that wreak havoc on the lives of both LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ people on a daily basis.Speakers at the rally included whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who prior to the board’s decision had agreed to stand in for Manning at the Pride parade. In 1971, Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, which exposed the Lyndon Johnson administration’s lies about an alleged North Vietnamese attack on U.S. destroyers in the Tonkin Gulf in August 1964. These lies helped the White House and Congress justify the Pentagon’s escalation of the Vietnam War.  The release of the Pentagon Papers in turn accelerated the anti-war movement that, along with the Vietnamese National Liberation Front’s military defeat of the U.S., helped force the war’s end.Ellsberg now plans to march in the parade on June 30 with a banner declaring solidarity with Manning.The author is a queer activist.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Facebook Previous articleMyHeritage Releases Groundbreaking Feature to Animate the Faces in Still PhotosNext articleRandstad Studie zur Konkurrenzfähigkeit von deutschen Industrieunternehmen Digital AIM Web Support Twitter TAGS  Pinterest LE GROUPE ALPEGA FAIT ÉTAT D’IMPRESSIONNANTS RÉSULTATS POUR 2020 By Digital AIM Web Support – February 25, 2021 center_img Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Alpega Group, a leading provider of end-to-end transportation and logistics management software, has positioned itself to meet logistics challenges with impressive results in 2020.last_img read more

Showtime: NYC movie theaters to reopen

first_imgNew Yorkers can enjoy going to the movies again on March 5. (iStock) This time, the coming attraction is the movie theater.After a near year-long shutdown, New York City cinemas will reopen at 25 percent capacity or no more than 50 people per screening starting March 5.Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Monday. Moviegoers and theater employees will have to wear masks and abide by pandemic protocols, Cuomo said in a news conference announcing the decision. Theaters will assign seating to ensure social distancing.Theaters will also be required to have enhanced air filtration systems; malls have had to meet similar requirements.While Covid cases have ticked down in New York from last month, they still remain high. As of Sunday, the statewide coronavirus case rate was 38 per 100,000 people, the second highest new case rate in the country, according to the New York Times.But the decision to reopen movie theaters brings the city in line with the rest of New York. Cinemas outside the city were allowed to reopen in October. In a letter sent to Cuomo in early November, the state chapter of the National Association of Theatre Owners unsuccessfully urged the state to reopen city cinemas.Movie theaters nationwide have been struggling to survive amid lockdowns and capacity restrictions. Even large chains like AMC Entertainment Holdings at one point questioned its long-term viability; the company secured $900 million in financing last month.Read moreCurtains: What to do with movie theatersStream this: Cinema chain AMC secures $900M in financingNYC movie theaters to Cuomo: Let us reopen Contact Sasha Jones Message* Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Email Address* Tags Andrew CuomoCoronavirusNYC TheatersRetaillast_img read more

Village Bakery sponsors half marathon

first_imgCraft business Village Bakery has sponsored Wales’ oldest half marathon for the 21st time.The bakery traditionally awards all the runners bara brith loaves instead of medals, but this year it gave out sourdough crumpets and Welsh cakes.The race was founded by triathlete and ironman Peter Norman, who was working as a maintenance engineer at Village Bakery at the time. The bakery has always sponsored the event, and it is run by Cute Fruit Events on behalf of Wrexham Athletics Club.Wrexham Half Marathon saw 816 runners cross the start line on 14 February this year.The fastest man was Joe Bailey from Salford Harriers and Athletics Club with a time of one hour, eight minutes and 24 seconds. The fastest woman was Hannah Jarvis from Dorking and Mole Valley Athletics Club with a time of one hour, 20 minutes and 33 seconds.Being a part of itVillage Bakery product development assistant Florence Roberts ran the course too, coming in 289th, with a time of one hour, 38 minutes and eight seconds.Robin Jones, managing director of the Village Bakery, said: “It’s fantastic to still be part of it after all these years. We make a claim to being the local baker, and supporting events like this underlines that – we bake local and we support local.”Elsewhere, Village Bakery is currently seeking planning permission to build a new £16m plant.last_img read more

Financial institutions seek guidance to navigate the EMV evolution

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jamie TopolskiReady or not, the migration to chip-based cards using the EMV™ specifications is underway. While there is growing urgency due to a looming liability shift and increasing market pressures, many financial institutions are overwhelmed by the number of decisions that must be made – and made quickly. A recent Fiserv survey found 28 percent of financial institutions are undecided about the comprehensive nature of their migration and more than a third are unsure about their timeline for card replacement, pointing to the need for guidance and direction.Financial institutions are looking for expertise and information regarding costs, timing and program components, according to the survey. When asked how much weight they would give to the recommendations of their EFT processor when making decisions about EMV-enabled debit cards, 68 percent of respondents said they would make decisions with some guidance from their processor and 26 percent said they would follow their processor’s recommendations. That means nearly all respondents – 94 percent – plan to make decisions with at least some guidance from their processors.All four major card associations have announced timelines for shifting liability for specific forms of card fraud to parties that are not EMV compliant. By October 2015, Visa and MasterCard will shift the POS transaction liability for certain types of card fraud, including fraud resulting from counterfeit, and lost or stolen cards, to parties that are not EMV-compliant. continue reading »last_img read more

Pandemic as prelude to payment revolution

first_img This post is currently collecting data… 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The COVID-19 pandemic provided the impetus for a lot of members who had been reticent about digital channels and payments to try them out—and for their credit unions to start planning the next steps to streamline and improve the payment experience.“Once you go digital, you don’t go back,” says Fran Duggan, CEO of CUES Supplier member Payrailz, Glastonbury, Connecticut. “Once people start paying for things with a digital method that ultimately is much simpler, easier and faster, there’s no need to go back.”Going forward could lead credit unions toward new solutions that dovetail with members’ embrace of their smartphones, watches and other devices and digital assistants. Rather than encouraging members to enter their card numbers in Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, Duggan suggests that the movement could offer its own payment app, such as a product that Payrailz plans to introduce in 2021. The goal is to develop a payment option as part of its mobile app, so that members could press a button on the app and wave their phone or watch to pay at contactless point-of-sale terminals.As more consumers embrace these new payment forms, some credit unions are looking to step up their digital delivery and launch P2P payments to win back business from members who’ve turned to Venmo, PayPal and Square Cash. “I believe people still prefer to use their credit union as their trusted financial institution and main source of transactions, but if we don’t offer P2P payments, they’re going to find another way,” he says.center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

‘These talks lift my spirit’: Jokowi turns to foreign allies to discuss COVID-19 strategy

first_img“These talks lift my spirit. There is a spirit of solidarity among world leaders for nations to support and help one another.”Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that he had also discussed the global pandemic with Jokowi, whom he called his “good friend”, to strengthen cooperation in fighting the virus.“As close maritime neighbors and comprehensive strategic partners, close cooperation between India and Indonesia will be important to deal with the health and economic challenges posed by this crisis,” he tweeted. Jokowi had also engaged in talks over the coronavirus outbreak with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, during which he thanked Seoul for helping Jakarta address the health crisis.The foreign leaders Jokowi has spoken with are from countries ranked in the top 50 of 210 countries and territories with COVID-19 cases, according to worldometers.info.As of Wednesday, the tally of COVID-19 infections has surpassed 3 million cases globally, with more than 210,000 fatalities across the globe.The US, currently the hardest-hit country in the world, has recorded more than 1 million cases, accounting for nearly a third of all confirmed infections worldwide.Indonesia, meanwhile, has recorded at least 9,511 coronavirus infections, according to the government’s official tally on Tuesday afternoon. Topics : “We cannot possibly handle COVID-19 alone. We must join hands with all citizens of the world,” Jokowi said in the post on Tuesday. As Indonesia struggles to win the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has turned to foreign leaders to discuss strategies for addressing the global pandemic, which has wreaked havoc on the economy and healthcare systems around the world.Jokowi posted on his Instagram account on Tuesday a collage of caricatures of himself and eight other leaders with whom he said he had recently spoken, including Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The post also includes United States President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.last_img read more