Harper may be hiding an agenda behind Indian Affairs name change Layton

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Indigenous leaders have reason to suspect a hidden “agenda” behind the Stephen Harper government’s decision to change the name of Indian Affairs and the title of the minister responsible for the department, NDP leader Jack Layton said.Layton, whose party formed the Official Opposition, unveiled his shadow cabinet Thursday during a news conference in Ottawa.Layton said his party would be pushing Aboriginal issues on a number of fronts including education, water and housing.The NDP leader also said that Indigenous leaders had reason to be suspicious of the Conservative’s decision to substitute the word “Indian” with “Aboriginal” in the department’s name and the minister’s title.The department will eventually be rechristened Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the Prime Minister’s Office has said. It remains unclear how much the name change will cost. John Duncan, the previous Indian Affairs minister, was reappointed to the same portfolio last week as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.“We hear that there are different reactions to the name change within the broad community of First Nation, Inuit and Metis people,” said Layton. “It is mostly a suspicion that this could be hiding an agenda of some sort. We have from time to time, had suspicions that Mr. Harper is hiding one sort of agenda or other.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan’s office said there was no “hidden agenda” behind the name change.“The change in title better reflects the scope of responsibilities with respect to First Nations, Inuit and Metis. The title is more up to date and inclusive and is consistent with our government’s focus on moving forward in our relationship with Aboriginal peoples,” said Duncan’s spokeswoman Michell Yao in an emailed statement. “There is no hidden agenda. Period, full stop.”Layton said his party is focused on forcing changes at the department, no matter what it’s called.“I can understand people’s concerns about (the name change),” said Layton. “It is also true that there is a broad range of issues that must be addressed by that department. The broad range of questions and challenges faced by urban Aboriginals and those living in communities and First Nations and those in the North…symbols like name changes don’t cut it.”Layton named Alberta MP Linda Duncan as Aboriginal Affairs critic. Former Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder will watch the Human Resources and Skills Development file.Cree MP Romeo Saganash was given the job as Natural Resources critic.Layton said Saganash’s past as a Cree leader involved in resource revenue negotiations with Quebec and his experience on the international stage promoting Aboriginal rights were key to his appointment to the role.“The interests of Aboriginals are very important when considering whether to exploit natural resources,” said Layton.last_img read more


NPC holds its final session as term comes to an end

C.V Wigneswaran was appointed as the Chief Minister of the NPC after the Tamil National Alliance won the election. The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) held its final session today as its term comes to an end.The term of the NPC will end at midnight tomorrow and the Northern Province Governor will operate the functions of the council till a new council is elected. The current NPC was appointed after the historic elections held in September 2013. Wigneswaran has however distanced himself from the TNA in recent times and is expected to form his own political alliance to contest the next NPC elections. (Colombo Gazette)


Security Council to discuss key Iraqi disarmament goals Wednesday

Ambassador Mamady Traoré of Guinea, which currently holds the rotating Presidency of the 15-nation body, announced the decision after a Council meeting this morning to discuss the next steps forward, including a joint proposal over the weekend by France, Germany and the Russian Federation for a ministerial meeting to consider key disarmament tasks and to set an implementation timetable that is “both demanding and realistic.””Whatever events occur later on, I would like to tell you that the Presidency will do its utmost to bring views closer together and see to it that the Council is unified,” Ambassador Traoré said after the Council decided to hear a report from Hans Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), and Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).The Council is split between the United States, United Kingdom and Spain, who say that Iraq has already lost its last opportunity to disarm peacefully, and others like France, Germany and Russia, who argue for more time for inspections to achieve the task.Speaking to reporters, German Ambassador Gunter Pleuger said he was working on “a last ditch effort” to find a solution based on his country’s latest proposal. Asked whether it was a bit “dreamland” to talk about a 12-point work programme or a 60-day timetable even as UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was withdrawing inspectors from Iraq, Mr. Pleuger replied: “Well, I think trying to save the peace is never a dream. It is useful and it is necessary. And if we are not successful, at least we have made the last effort.”Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan said his country was disappointed by the Council impasse, but “although we face a grave situation, we believe that the time for diplomacy never ends, and we certainly hope that even at the eleventh hour we might find a situation which could turn the tide and avoid a conflict.”Bulgaria’s Ambassador, Stefan Tafrov, whose country supports the US-UK-Spanish position, regretted the deep divisions in the Council but added that as a future member of the European Union, Bulgaria believes that the trans-Atlantic relationship should be strengthened and not weakened.The only Arab member on the Council, Syrian Ambassador Mikhail Wehbe regretted the US request for the withdrawal of UN weapons inspectors from Iraq “which means for us another indication towards military action.” read more


Liberty Global to snap up UKs Virgin Media for 16 billion in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberty Global to snap up UK’s Virgin Media for $16 billion in British challenge to BSkyB by The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2013 9:43 pm MDT ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Liberty Global Inc., the cable TV operator owned by media mogul John Malone, is buying U.K.-based Virgin Media Inc. in a deal valued at $16 billion.The cash and stock deal announced late Tuesday creates a company that will provide stiffer competition in the U.K. to satellite TV provider BSkyB, in which Malone’s rival Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. owns a 40 per cent stake.Liberty Global and Virgin Media said tie-up will create a broadband communications company covering 47 million homes and with 25 million customers in 14 countries.Liberty Global has pay-TV operations around the world and is the largest cable operator in most of its 11 European markets.Liberty Global’s CEO Mike Fries said that after the deal, about 80 per cent of the company’s revenue will come from five countries: the U.K., Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The two companies said they had combined revenue of $16.8 billion last year.Virgin Media is the second-biggest pay TV company in the U.K. after BSkyB, or British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC. Virgin Group boss Richard Branson — a multibillionaire, like Malone and Murdoch — still holds a minority stake.The companies said the transaction is equal to $47.87 per Virgin Media share. That’s about a 24 per cent premium on the closing price of Virgin Media’s U.S.-traded stock on Monday.The stock surged almost 18 per cent Tuesday to close at $45.61 after the company said it was in acquisition talks with Liberty Global.Liberty Global will remain based in Englewood, Colo., while Virgin Media will continue to operate under its namesake brand in the U.K.Virgin Media shareholders are set to get about 36 per cent of Liberty Global’s outstanding shares and about 26 per cent of the voting rights, the companies said.They added that they expect about $180 million in annual costs savings once they are fully combined. They didn’t say whether any of their employees will be laid off as part of the cost cutting. More details about the companies’ plan could emerge during a management conference call scheduled for 8:30 a.m. EST Wednesday.Liberty Media also said it plans to buy back about $3.5 billion worth of its shares over a two-year period after the Virgin Media deal is closed. read more


Cyprus Church to create its own bank

first_imgArchbishop Chrysostomos is looking for a small bank in which the Church would take majority shareholding, or create its own, and plans another six new hotels now that tourism is booming, he revealed in an interview on Sunday.The Archbishop will also sell the Church’s remaining stake in Hellenic Bank if it does not begin to issue dividends within two years, and he is in talks with Carlsberg’s Photiades group on a possible merger with the KEO brewing and drinks producer, he told sigmalive.In a candid interview on the Church’s finances, which are often a controversial topic, Chrysostomos said the reason it has not revealed its financial statements since 2007 was because some in the media would try to twist them.The Church of Cyprus, he said, “receives five and gives ten”. “Particularly in the last four years the Church has helped hundreds of poor, sick and unemployed handing out money every year in excess of €1.5 million,” he said.Chrysostomos said however that despite the financial crisis the Church had managed to increase its assets by €500 million in the period, and now had property worth in excess of €1.5 billion.The Church had, he said “except for some crumbs” at Hellenic Bank, completed the process of restructuring its loans of around €100 million according to Cyprus report.Asked if he still held to his position that the Church was done investing in banks, he said he wanted to clarify that he was only referring to Hellenic Bank and Bank of Cyprus. The Church has reduced its stake in the former from 25 per cent to 3.5 per cent and the latter from 4.5 per cent to 0.1 per cent.He did not plan to offload the BoC stake as it was small, he said, but the Church was giving Hellenic two years to restore dividends before making a decision.“Investment which does not provide for the allocation of dividend, I personally I do not want so if in the next two years Hellenic Bank does not grant a dividend, then will sell our stake for good,” he said.He said the Church was examining various scenarios related to the acquisition of small bank “or creating our own bank”. “The only condition for this is that we want to control 51 per cent and not let others decide for us, without us.”Speaking of other investments in Vassiliko cement and KEO, Chrysostomos said he was pleased with the former, which he called a growing and profitable company that “gives us a dividend”. It was also a company that respected the environment and placed emphasis on corporate social responsibility“For KEO I cannot unfortunately say the same,” he said, adding that it had this year produced a small dividend but he would like to see it move to greater levels.Asked he if he was thinking about selling the Church’s stake, he said: “Of course I think about it. What do I want with a company I have for years and does not offer me the dividend?”He said he was in discussions with potential buyers and had already met representatives of the Photiades group because the ideal scenario would be if KEO was merged with Carlsberg as it would create a very strong group.“No final decisions have been taken, but I hope that this agreement will be completed,” he said.To a question related to the possible sale of Church-owned hotels nationwide, he responded: “You’re kidding. To sell hotels now that we expect record tourism? Not only will we not sell hotels, but instead we intend to proceed with the construction of six other hotels in Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca and Ayia Napa. Already, we are going ahead with a feasibility study and our goal is to pay back our loans for the construction of these new hotels over a period of seven to ten years.”Asked about how he is often referred to as the CEO of the Church Chrysostomos said he primarily feels like a clergyman, and secondly administrator of the estate of the Archdiocese and definitely not a CEO.If there was one thing he would change in the financial arena in Cyprus, he said it would be the public sector because the bureaucracy and unacceptable delays had not changed in 50 years.He would also like to see ruling Disy and opposition Diko put aside their differences and cooperate more.Evaluating people in public life he described President Nicos Anastasiades as working hard to solve the Cyprus problem, former president Demetris Christofias as the worst president in Cyprus’ history and former central bank governor Panicos Demetriades as “the destroyer of Cyprus”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Video WWE star Sheamus joins CONAN on TBS talks using weapons in

first_img Erick Rowan Facebook Twitter Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img Pinterest Tom Cruises ankle gave Rebecca Ferguson baby-making time John Cena WhatsApp Videos Articles Rebecca Ferguson: Thats Life Now Playing Up Next Christopher McQuarrie On Broken Bones Team Coco has posted video of WWE star Sheamus on “Conan” this week on TBS promoting WrestleMania 32 and giving Conan O’Brien a mohawk.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:57 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Moritz Bleibtreu: Verärgerte Fans Google+ Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Barlast_img read more


Tite Brazil were better than Argentina

first_imgBrazil national team boss Tite claims his team were better than their Argentine counterparts after leaving it late to win the South American El Clasico.Brazil continued their winning run after beating Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to secure a last-gasp winner against arch-rivals Argentina thanks to Miranda.Tite’s Brazil were far from convincing in attack as they struggled to create any clear-cut chances, with Argentina appearing set to earn a draw in the sapping Saudi heat.“Argentina created chances to score, tried to win, but Brazil were better and the team’s performance was rewarded with the goal,” Tite told FourFourTwo reporters.Tite added: “It [Miranda’s winner] could have been another time, but it was in the end.“The team were concentrating. The corner was the result of a volume of play that we put in the game.”#Superclássico 🏆🇧🇷Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.📷 Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/r8evyGWh3V— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) October 16, 2018Miranda was the difference in the international friendly, the unmarked Inter defender rising highest to settle the contest.“I am very happy, first, to help my team-mates, and to make a goal against Argentina is exciting and rewarding,” the 34-year-old said.“I dedicate the goal to those who trusted and supported my family. Today I met my wife 16 years ago. and I’m excited, making a goal is very difficult … A kiss for my wife and my children, I want to celebrate the goal with them.”last_img read more


MLK Day of Service fills more than week

first_imgListen and learn about King’s legacyIf you’re less into volunteering and more into listening and learning, there’s still lots you can do in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.o The fourth annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast comes to Clark College, beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 20 at Gaiser Hall. The subject is violence and the keynote speaker is Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, a doctor and psychiatrist who is an expert in addiction medicine and healing trauma. Tickets start at $30.o Washington State University Vancouver’s Jan. 20 Day of Service event features interactive morning workshops and a lunchtime talk on “Women and Poverty: Dispelling the Myths and Breaking the Cycle” by associate professor of English Desiree Hellegers. She is the author of a book about homeless women in Seattle. RSVP to Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.o The Baha’is of Vancouver will host “Beyond the Dream,” a showing of videos of King’s lesser-known speeches. That takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 at 4016 East 13th Street. Refreshments will be served after the program. It’s free.o Clark College hosts Lee Mun Wah, a Chinese American educator and filmmaker, speaking on diversity issues at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 at the Gaiser Student Center. There will be a 1 p.m. student dialog with Wah, and at 5:30 p.m. a showing of Lee Mun Wah’s film “If These Halls Could Talk,” an unflinching look at racism on college campuses, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. Gaiser Student Center, with light refreshments served.last_img read more


Power strip failure causes small fire at Battle Ground middle school

first_imgA small fire at a Battle Ground middle school resulted in minimal damage and no injured classroom pets.The fire, reported just after 9 p.m. Monday at Chief Umtuch Middle School, started when a power strip that was being used by a fish tank failed, according to Battle Ground School District Spokesman Sean Chavez.Firefighters with Clark County Fire & Rescue were dispatched to the school, 700 N.W. Ninth St. When they arrived, they found the small fire had spread to a bookshelf in Room 185, a science classroom, Chavez said. A fire sprinkler was activated in the room, suppressing the fire and keeping it contained to the room, said Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy. The sprinkler activation triggered an alarm to summon firefighters, who finished extinguishing the flames.Chavez said that crews started cleaning up Monday night and that school will be open as schedule on Monday, Jan. 5.last_img read more


Kerala rain toll touches 23

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Aug 9: Incessant rain in Kerala have claimed 23 lives in the past two days. Over 22,000 people have been shifted to some 315 relief camps across the state, officials said. Till late on Thursday the toll was eight, but a fresh count took the numbers to 23 on Friday. The worst affected districts include Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad, Kasargode and Idukki and the deaths have also been reported from these areas. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us There has been 260 mm of rain in Wayanad — the parliamentary constituency of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi. A huge landslide has marooned around 2,000 people in Meppadi in the district. A temple, mosque and estate workers quarters have collapsed in the area. It’s from this area that four bodies have been recovered from under the debris. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us With the area still cut off, Gandhi has urged for help from the Centre. Authorities are trying their best to get the Air Force to begin rescue operations. All schools, colleges and other educational institutions were shut in all the 14 districts on Friday keeping in mind the devastating rain and flood that had hit the state in a century last year. Advertise With Us Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought the Indian Army’s help in relief and rescue operations. A dozen teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are already at the job. The situation worsened as the pace of the rising level of water is causing serious concern in parts of Pathanamthitta and Thrissur with most of the rivers there in spate. Around 500 of those marooned in Meppadi have been moved to relief camps, a medical professional of the state government who is giving the required medical attention told the media that even though there are no serious ailments, all of them are in a state of mental shock. “We have assured all people, that they do not have to worry , as the state government will take care of their needs,” State Education Minister C. Raveendranath said. The railways have cancelled 12 trains and many had to be diverted. Road traffic has also been thrown out of gear with many stretches vanishing under water. The Cochin airport has been closed till Sunday leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.last_img read more


New State Commission Aims To Fix Shortage Of Skilled Workers

first_img 00:00 /00:49 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThis file March 2017 photo shows a welder working in the Houston area.Houston’s business community is claiming several big wins out of the recently ended session of the Texas Legislature, including school finance reform and flood infrastructure aid. But another law passed that could be just as important for the region’s economy in the long run.Texas has a shortage of skilled trades workers. The new law sets up a commission to study what changes schools and businesses must make to close that gap. Taylor Landin, senior vice president for public policy at the Greater Houston Partnership, compares it to the multiyear effort to fix public school finance.“The school finance package that came together was a direct result of the Commission on Public School Finance that was put together before the session that just concluded,” Landin says. “And many of those recommendations from that commission ended up in the final school finance package. So this is exactly the same model that we are looking for to undertake related to workforce development.”The Commission on Texas Workforce of the Future will make its recommendations just ahead of the 2021 legislative session. X Sharelast_img read more


US Mainland Braces For Hurricane Dorian As I

first_imgU.S. Mainland Braces For Hurricane Dorian As It Intensifies… Ellis Rua by NPR News Sasha Ingber 8.30.19 8:02am The southern United States and the Bahamas are bracing for Hurricane Dorian as it slowly churns across the Atlantic and is expected to become a dangerous, Category 4 storm as it makes landfall in the days ahead.A hurricane model showed Dorian bringing between 1 and 2 feet of rain “for basically every coastal county from Miami to North Carolina,” according to meteorologist Eric Holthaus. “Combined with storm surge and exceptionally high new moon tides, this would be a coastal flooding catastrophe.”Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded a state of emergency to include all of the state’s 67 counties, citing the storm’s “uncertain path.” He said late Thursday night that he sent a letter to President Trump requesting he declare a pre-landfall disaster for all counties. Hours earlier, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in 12 counties.The Bahamas Meteorology Department issued its twelfth alert on Dorian Friday morning, warning of 6 to 12 inches of rainfall over the northwest Bahamas as it approaches on Saturday.The storm is traveling at 12 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane, according to the National Weather Service.Dorian is expected to be one of the strongest hurricanes to strike Florida’s east coast in decades. The National Hurricane Center warned of an increasing likelihood of a life-threatening storm surge along parts Florida’s east coast.The storm is expected to move inland, where its slow pace could leave communities facing unrelenting winds and rain. The hurricane winds could caused long-term power outages with areas uninhabitable for weeks or months, according to the NHC wind scale guide.Although the storm’s track is still uncertain, President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago and Doral resorts are potentially in Dorian’s path. The Miami Herald reported that all employees of Mar-a-Lago except for security personnel were sent home for the duration of the storm. Doral’s pool and other amenities were reportedly closed with generators ready to supply back-up power if necessary.President Trump canceled his plans to travel to Poland this weekend as the hurricane neared.Dorian’s approach comes days after the Trump administration announced that it would divert $271 million in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency — including $155 million from FEMA’s disaster relief fund — to other units in the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to support the president’s border enforcement priorities.Dorian passed over parts of Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and other islands in the Caribbean on Wednesday, causing power outages and flooding as it gained strength.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more


Bridging the gap

first_imgWith the aim to further consolidate the ties between India and Sri Lanka, Empowerment (NGO) in association with Little Fingers Children’s Art Studio , supported by Indo-Sri Lanka Foundation, has organised an Indo-Sri Lanka Art and Culture Exchange program for youths Colours of Harmony from December 16 – 23 in Delhi. The event brings together 16 young students, 8 from both the nations, in a week long art and cultural camp.To better understand the Indian culture, the students will be taken on a heritage trail including monuments like Qutab Minar, Humayun Tomb, India Gate, Hauz Khas, Lotus temple and Akshardham. It also includes a visit to National Gallery of Modern Art and Crafts Museum, to learn about handlooms and handicrafts, folk and contemporary art of India. A workshop on abstraction will be conducted to broaden their horizons and creative vistas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The students will participate in sketching workshop of monuments, markets, dilli haat and other places to gain a deeper perspective on their cultural significance. During their stay each student will paint a canvas. On the final day an exhibition showcasing the paintings done by the students will be held and the participants will be awarded certificates for their contribution.Sonika Agarwal and Kumar Vikas Saxena of Empowerment elaborate, “Youth is perhaps the best ambassador of art. Fresh talent, novel thinking, uncluttered feelings and zeal to innovate – all these qualities go on to make them best students of art and true ambassadors of culture. They are open to new experiences, eager to learn and happy to interact with youth from different countries. Last year we had taken Indian students to Sri Lanka and that became a hugely successful effort, so this year we are hosting them in India.”last_img read more


Why you need to stop telling me I dont seem gay

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The awkwardness of trying to find something to say when that inevitable, horrible silence descends is enough to make the ground beneath me crack open and swallow me up into the welcome arms of death. When jokes fall flat, I will the moon to fall from the sky and squish my useless brain. The effort required to care what a Client Data Coordinator is could solve the energy crisis. It’s hard. I know. But, as with everything in this mean, hetero-normative world, it’s worse for LGBTI people. Every new person we meet, we have to come out to them. Over and over again.Recently, this has led me to notice that nearly every new straight person I’ve met has responded to the news that I am, in fact, a homosexual the same way:‘But you don’t seem gay?’ Before looking at me with proud eyes. As if they’ve just told me my ass looks good.People, this is not a compliment. A stranger said this when I met up with a group of all-cis male friends at a pub. Being six pints in, my response was pretty measured – I told him it wasn’t a compliment. He then replied: ‘Why?’The question floored me. I thought it was obvious. But then I remembered if you threw that statement to me ten years ago I would’ve been beaming with pride. Maybe the answer isn’t so obvious if you aren’t living it every day.I get where this idea is coming from. Contrary to the alt-right’s constant babbling, there is very little LGBTI representation in the media. The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that less than 1% of all characters in Hollywood films in 2017 were LGBTI. From the amount of times I’m still asked – in the year of our Lord 2018 – to be someone’s ‘gay best friend’, some of you certainly aren’t friends with many of us either. So for a lot of people, their ideas of who a gay person is are drawn from the loud and proud ones, those trailblazing flamboyant actors in school, or old, old stereotypes. No, having to tell everyone I’m not going out with my girl friends isn’t the reason it’s bad | Photo: @tomcapon93, Instagram GAYSTARNEWS- Meeting new people is a minefield. I get it. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Saying it as if it’s a compliment is an insult to the people who do ‘seem’ gay. The implication is that they are, like what the middle aged men in pubs who make every woman feel deeply uncomfortable says, throwing their sexuality in your face. Because these people’s identity stray too close to what society’s expectations of what is feminine, they are wrong. Campness is the status quo we should be positioning ourselves against. According to this statement, This is Bad. Then just because I can’t dress myself and I look like the outcome of a bear and a shoulder high brick wall entering the teleporter from The Fly, I don’t live up to this expectation. I’m ‘straight-acting’. I’m ‘normal’ (in everything but who I fancy). This is Good. But I am my sexuality as much as you are yours. People wave it off as private business, but it informs your daily life. It changes the way I talk to people, the way people perceive me, my safety at any given time. LGBTI people have their own culture, too, which influences everyone’s identity differently. I might have a passing knowledge of Ru Paul’s Drag Race but I will push a child out of the way if a DJ plays Toxic at a wedding. There is, actually, a lot about me that does ‘seem’ gay.What is this saying about you?It’s almost as if gay people are a diverse group who come in all shapes and sizes; who have unique likes and dislikes, and who don’t fit an imagined schema of what you think we are.Trying to pass this comment off as a compliment is a form of homophobia. Even if you didn’t mean it, even if you were trying to be nice.I get it though. When I was sixteen going to my first Pride, a group of more-out lesbian and gay people turned to me and said ‘You look really… straight.’ And I said thank you. But if I could go through time I’d grab that kid by the shoulders and shout: ‘This is not a compliment! Positioning your identity as opposite to your sexuality comes from internalised homophobia! From people that think femininity in gay men is bad! Don’t take ‘not seeming gay’ as a compliment because it’s not one! It’s insulting to a group you belong to and enforces the kind of gender norms you hate! Just be who you want to be! Stop assuming there’s a proper way for gay people to act!‘Also, maybe consider getting a haircut.’More from Gay Star News:If our paths cross regularly, smile back – I’m trying to say hello, not to f*ck youI was put in Facebook Jail for three days for making a hyperbolic statementGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . So to be confronted with someone who doesn’t fit within those parameters throws people off. They are saying ‘well done, you aren’t what I think gay people are.’ This is an insult. Gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy: Anti-LGBT VP Mike Pence is ‘bad fit’ to lead Winter Olympics delegationGay guys tell their horror stories from vacations with their straight friendsThis is what it’s actually like to be a bisexual parent in ItalyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/need-to-stop-telling-me-i-dont-seem-gay/last_img read more


Charge and Sync Your Apple Devices with 10Ft MFiCertified Lightning Cables

first_imgThere can just never be enough cables to charge your Apple products. We take one to our office and forget it there. Ugh, what to do when you’re home? Not to forget about the need of a cable in your car. With this trio pack of MFi-certified Lightning cables, all your cable problems are now sorted out. Keep at your office or in home, bag or in your car, you will have one for everywhere!This 3-Pack brings you 10-ft long monster cables to easily charge and sync your iOS devices. Head over to Wccftech Deals and get a 77% discount on the 3-pack of 10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable. Priced for $89, you can now get the trio pack for just $20 for a limited time only.10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable – 3-PackYou can never have enough Lightning cables to keep all of your Apple devices charged, and with these 10-ft, MFi-certified monster cables, you will have more flexibility than ever. Keep a cable at your office, in your bag, by your bed, or anywhere you might need to grab a quick charge. When it says MFi-certified, you know these cables are guaranteed to work perfectly with your Apple devices.Gain a ton of flexibility with 10-ft Lightning cablesSync and charge your devices without jumping out of bed or your office chairEnsure your connected devices stay safe thanks to MFi-certificationEnjoy optimal convenience with the unique reversible designDetails & RequirementsLength: 10′MFi-CertifiedLightning to USBManufacturer’s 14-day warrantyCompatibilityiPhone Models: iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, SE & 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 PlusiPad Models: iPad with Retina display, mini, mini 2, Air, Air 2, mini 3, mini 4, Pro (9.7-inch & 12.9-inch)iPod Models: iPod Nano 7th Gen, Touch 5th Gen 32GB / 64GB, Touch 5th Gen 16GB, Touch 6th GenOriginal value: $89| Wccftech Deals: $20 at 77% discount Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more


Workshop looks at using food to promote tourism

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Thousands in cash and valuables stolen from Limassol home

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