Changes Help More Apprentices Access Complete Training

first_img reduce the amount of time it takes an apprentice to become certified from 8,000 hours to 6,000 hours increase safety training provide clarity in areas like wages and how to best advance between training levels allow for other trades to take similar steps Changes to the apprenticeship system will make it easier for young people to access and complete training to get jobs here in Nova Scotia. Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Kelly Regan announced changes, today, Jan. 21, to regulations that will allow more apprentices to train under one journeyperson in the metal fabricator trade. Currently, only one apprentice is permitted to train under a certified journeyperson. The new regulations will allow three apprentices to train under one journeyperson, increasing training opportunities and access to jobs. “Government is committed to modernizing the apprenticeship system so we can keep our skilled workers in Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Regan. “We listened to industry’s recommendations, and I am looking forward to seeing more apprentices have access to the valuable training needed for the good jobs available in this industry.” The changes will require the third apprentice to be more senior and in the final year of training. In addition, the changes will: “These changes are going to make it easier for me, and the apprentices after me, to get the training we need to start our careers in metal fabrication,” said Ben Gillis, an apprentice with Cherubini Metal Works. “One of the biggest challenges as an apprentice is getting that one spot with a journeyperson to get the training hours needed. Having more spots open up, and decreasing the hours needed for training, will make it a lot easier for apprentices to complete the program and become certified.” Metal fabricators make and repair parts used in the construction of buildings, bridges, tanks, towers, boilers, pressure vessels and other structures and products. They lay out, cut and fabricate structural steel, plate and different metals used in a variety of manufacturing and construction industries. For example, metal fabricators would have worked on the MacKay bridge repairs last summer. Steve England, vice-president of operations, Cherubini Group, said there are many opportunities in metal fabrication. “I am pleased to see government has listened to industry’s recommendations around increasing ratios and changing the training schedule,” said Mr. England.”I have several apprentices working in my shop, and these new rules will make it easier for them, and future apprentices, to gain the training they need to have a successful career in metal fabrication.” These changes are another step toward making sure the apprenticeship system is working for apprentices and employers. As part of this work, the province is creating an industry-led agency that will give employers a bigger role in Nova Scotia’s apprenticeship system. The province released a discussion paper on Jan. 20 asking Nova Scotians to provide input on how the new agency should operate. Recent changes to modernize apprenticeship also include the delivery of the new, streamlined Atlantic Canadian approach. Announced on Jan. 15, this will allow Nova Scotia apprentices to work and train more easily by making training, certifications and standards consistent across the four Atlantic Provinces.last_img read more

Rainwater harvesting treated wastewater necessary to meet Delhis water needs Jal Board

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi’s increasing water demands can be met only if civic bodies and public authorities implement rainwater harvesting and substitute groundwater with treated waste water for non-potable purposes like irrigation, horticulture and sanitation, the jal board told the Delhi High Court. In an affidavit placed before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has said that the current water requirement of the national capital was 1,140 million gallons per day (MGD), of which 935 MGD came from groundwater and sources like raw water from the Yamuna river. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderBy 2021, the city’s demand for water would increase to 1,380 MGD and with groundwater sources in Delhi already over-stressed, there was a need to explore alternate means like rainwater harvesting (RWH) to meet the capital’s requirements, the DJB has told the court. The Board also said that systems like RWH and using treated waste-water for non-potable purposes would also relieve the stress on groundwater and would help to recharge it. Towards this goal, the DJB has suggested that local authorities like the municipal bodies and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) should strictly enforce the modified building bye-laws according to which RWH system is mandatory for a plot size of 100 square yards or more in order to get a building plan sanctioned and obtain a completion certificate. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsApart from that, the Board has also suggested that the public authorities, including the Public Works Department (PWD) and the Irrigation department, and other park owning agencies ought to “substitute use of groundwater with adequately treated waste water for horticulture and gardening”. The DJB’s suggestions came in a PIL initiated by the court on its own after coming across news reports on alleged failure of the Delhi government and other public authorities to check the depleting groundwater levels in the national capital.last_img read more

Dhoni faces flak for onfield argument with umpires

first_imgJaipur: Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni received a lot of flak for his on-field argument with umpires following a no-ball flip-flop during an IPL match against Rajasthan Royals here. Revered for his ‘captain cool’ demeanour, Dhoni uncharacteristically lost his cool and rushed out of the dug-out to challenge umpire Ulhas Gandhe who called a no-ball before retracting his decision during the last over of a tense chase on Thursday night. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh While Dhoni was let off with a 50 per cent fine on his match fee, former England captain Michael Vaughan, ex-Australian opener Mark Waugh, former India cricketers Aakash Chopra and Hemang Badani criticised the CSK skipper for his conduct. Vaughan was livid with Dhoni, saying he was setting a wrong example as a captain. “The skipper (Dhoni) coming on to the pitch can not happen. I know it’s MS Dhoni and he can do anything in this country but you are not allowed to leave the dug out and go and point a finger at the umpire. That’s a complete no-no, you can’t be setting that example as a captain.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Former Australian batsman Mark Waugh took to twitter to express his disappointment with Dhoni. “I know there’s pressure from owners and big money involved in the IPL but I’ve been very disappointed with the two incidents involving the skippers of there respective teams in Ashwin and MS. Not a good look at all,” he wrote, referring to the mankading incident involving Kings XI Punjab skipper R Ashwin and Jos Buttler. Last night’s incident happened in the fourth ball of the last over when Ben Stokes bowled a waist high full toss to Mitchell Santner. Initially, it looked as if umpire Ulhas Gandhe was about to signal no-ball only to decide otherwise. Dhoni, who was dismissed in the previous delivery, lost his bearing at the incident and walked into the field of play and took the umpire head-on. He was seen angrily gesturing at the umpire before leg umpire Chris Gaffaney asked Dhoni to leave. Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra slammed the poor standard of umpiring but also criticised Dhoni for setting a wrong precedent. “Umpiring standards have been pretty low in this #IPL and that was a no-ball given and reversed. Enough to feel crossed and miffed. But the opposition captain has no right to walk out on the pitch after being dismissed. Dhoni set a wrong precedent tonight,” Chopra wrote in his twitter handle. Badani too was surprised by Dhoni’s behaviour. “The umpire is well within his right to overturn a No-Ball or any decision on the field for that matter. Surprised with how Dhoni handled it. It was so unlike Captain Cool #RRvCSK,” he wrote in his twitter handle. Pragyan Ojha, a left-arm India spinner, also slammed the umpiring standard. “Umpiring this season has deteriorated! Some times you feel what do you play for, the cup or the fair play award?,” he tweeted. CSK eventually went on to win the match after Santner smashed a six off the last ball to power the team to a four-wicket win. It was Dhoni’s 100th IPL victory as captain for Chennai Super Kings, who are now sitting at top of the points table with 12 points in seven games. CSK will next take on Kolkata Knight Riders on April 14.last_img read more

New cabinet to take oaths on September 2

Samarawickrema said that the UNP and SLFP will need to make several sacrifices when forming the new Government but both sides have agreed to do so and will now work towards a new country in 60 months. (Colombo Gazette) A consensus has been reached on the portfolios to be given to the members of the National Government and the new cabinet will take oaths on September 2, United National Party (UNP) Chairman Malik Samarawickrema said today.Samarawickrema said that the UNP has maintained that it wants to create a new political culture and make the entire Parliament the Government. As part of this move the UNP was keen to create a National Government for at least two years, the UNP chairman said. He said that following several rounds of talks with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) an agreement has been reached on the Ministerial portfolios. read more

Gulf Coast seafood biz slammed by freshwater from floods

NEW ORLEANS — Fresh water from Midwestern floods has killed oysters along the coasts of three states and cost Mississippi half of its blue crabs.The head of Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources say water that came through a Louisiana spillway killed 95 per cent of the oysters in his part of the Mississippi Sound and fed toxic algae blooms. Joe Spraggins says seafood and tourism businesses have lost $120 million to $140 million.The governors of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama asked months ago for U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to declare a fisheries disaster. That designation would allow federal grants to those whose livelihoods were affected.Alabama cancelled its oyster season.A Louisiana fisheries official says it will be months before he has all the figures needed to say which fisheries qualify.Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press read more

On International Day Ban stresses need for solidarity to bridge sustainable development

“The global poverty rate fell by more than half. People are living longer and healthier lives, and are better educated,” Mr. Ban said in his message commemorating International Human Solidarity Day. “Despite these and other advances,” he continued “inequalities, extreme poverty, unemployment, social exclusion and environmental degradation continue to be prominent features of societies around the world.” The UN chief noted that discrimination and prejudice remain major barriers to building inclusive societies, and that many vulnerable social groups find their situation worsening. Additionally, he added that the impacts of climate change would fall most heavily on those who did least to cause the problem. “Solidarity is essential to address these gaps in sustainable development,” Mr. Ban underscored. Let us emphasize the role of human solidarity in building lives of dignity for all on a healthy planetHe recalled that ‘leaving no one behind,’ promoting prosperity and ensuring inclusiveness and equality are core principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders in September 2015, and of the Paris Agreement on climate change adopted in December of that same year. “As nations strive to uphold their promises and to meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), mutual support will be crucial. Global problems require collective solutions,” he emphasized. At a time of divisiveness on many key global issues, from armed conflict to forced migration, Mr. Ban said that people “need to turn toward each other in common cause, not away from each other in fear.” “On International Human Solidarity Day, let us emphasize the role of human solidarity in building lives of dignity for all on a healthy planet. We must work together to achieve the SDGs and secure the future we want,” concluded the Secretary-General. read more

New UN agriculture agency report underscores value of fishing in fight against

According to the latest State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) report, nearly 60 million people worldwide – 14 per cent of them women – are directly employed in fisheries and the aquaculture sector.”The fisheries sector is crucial in meeting FAO’s goal of a world without hunger and malnutrition, and its contribution to economic growth and the fight against poverty, is growing,” said José Graziano da Silva, FAO’s Director-General.Fish account for about 17 per cent of animal protein consumed around the world, providing around 3.2 billion people on earth with nearly 20 per cent of their animal protein needs.Moreover, fish represent a highly nutritious food that is especially helpful in counteracting important deficiencies in dietary intake.The report indicates that global fish production will continue to grow over the next ten years even though the amount of fish being captured in the wild has levelled off and aquaculture is slowing down.The fisheries sector is crucial in meeting FAO’s goal of a world without hunger and malnutrition – FAO chief, José Graziano da SilvaBy 2030, it’s estimated that fish production will grow to 201 million tonnes; an 18 per cent increase over the current production level of 171 million tonnes.Global trends can mask the large contribution fish often make as part of the basic diet in poorer countries, however. For example, in countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Gambia, Sri Lanka and some small island development states, fish make up fifty per cent or more, of people’s protein intake.”The sector is not without its challenges, however, including the need to reduce the percentage of fish stocks fished beyond biological sustainability,” Mr. da Silva continued.In 2016, 90.9 million tonnes of fish were captured in the wild – a slight decrease of two million from 2015 – and aquaculture production (which entails farming aquatic organisms as well as managing ocean habitats and wild populations), reached 80 million tonnes, providing 53 per cent of all fish consumed by humans as food.According to this latest FAO report, the amount of crustaceans, mollusks and other aquatic animals being consumed, is just over double the amount per person, back in the 1960s. FAO attributes this to increased aquaculture production, a sector that expanded rapidly during the 1980s and 1990s.”Since 1961 the annual global growth in fish consumption has been twice as high as population growth,” said Mr. da Silva, highlighting again the importance of this to combating world hunger.But FAO said that future growth across the industry will require continued progress in strengthening fisheries management regimes, reducing loss and waste, and tackling problems like illegal fishing, pollution of aquatic environments, and climate change, the report added.Efforts to reduce the amount of fish being discarded at sea or thrown out post-capture – for example by using discards and trimmings to produce fishmeal – will also help meet ongoing increases in demand for fish products, said FAO. read more

Could Zika virus hold the key to fighting brain tumours

first_img“We hope to show that the Zika virus can slow down brain tumour growth in tests in the lab.  “If we can learn lessons from Zika’s ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and target brain stem cells selectively, we could be holding the key to future treatments.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The research, using tumour cells in the laboratory and in mice, will see if the virus can destroy cancer cells.This early stage research will explore how the virus targets stem cells and provide the starting point to develop new treatments that seek out the tumour and spare the surrounding healthy brain tissue.Dr Iain Foulkes, director of research and innovation at Cancer Research UK, which is funding the research, said: “We urgently need new insights and treatments to tackle glioblastomas, one of the most common and difficult to treat forms of brain tumours.“Finding new ways to treat brain tumours to help more people survive the disease is a priority for Cancer Research UK.” In glioblastoma, the cancer cells resemble those in the developing brain, suggesting that the Zika infection could attack them too.Dr Harry Bulstrode, a Cancer Research UK scientist at the University of Cambridge, said: “Zika virus infection in babies and children is a major global health concern, and the focus has been to discover more about the virus to find new possible treatments.“We’re taking a different approach, and want to use these new insights to see if the virus can be unleashed against one of the hardest to treat cancers. The Zika virus is transmitted through mosquitoes and damages babies if expectant mothers are bittenCredit: Felipe Dana Zika virus could destroy brain tumours, scientists hope, as they launch the first trial to test whether the devastating disease could cure cancer.The University of Cambridge revealed in May 2017 it would trial Zika on glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain tumour, which affects 2,200 people in Britain each year.Crucially, unlike other treatments, the virus can pass the blood-brain barrier – a membrane which acts like a filter to prevent all but the most vital nutrients passing through.Zika’s ability to pass through this barrier causes severe disability in babies by attacking stem cells in the developing brain, but scientists hope to harness the same trait to fight cancer. The Zika virus is transmitted through mosquitoes and damages babies if expectant mothers are bittenlast_img read more

Fully integrated control systems for Terex washing equipment

first_imgTerex Washing Systems (TWS) has announced the release of its new Plant Automation & Controls Service (PACS). The service will allow customers to improve plant efficiency by utilising state of the art, fully integrated control systems for the full range of Terex washing and water management equipment. Barry McMenamin, Manager of the Electrical Systems team at Terex Materials Processing states: “Over the past eight years, Terex Materials Processing has established a strong team of electrical, electronic and software engineers employing some of the most experienced and skilled individuals in the marketplace.”He continues: “This has allowed Terex to develop some of the most advanced and user friendly control systems in the industry for our full range of mobile and stationary crushing and screening plants. This helps our customers achieve the most cost effective and efficient operating and control systems, whatever their plant requirements from basic push-button single plant control to complete large scale multi-plant automation, including radio and telemetry control and data acquisition.”Sean Loughran, Product Line Director for the TWS business, said: “With sand, ore, coal and recycled material washing all requiring an increasingly sophisticated level of operator controls, bringing a range of equipment into the control sphere – such as cyclones, dewatering screens and filter presses along with the sampling and analysis of chemical additive systems – Terex Washing Systems is perfectly placed to offer an unparalleled service of plant automation. This service begins with a simple questionnaire, followed by site meetings, requirements gathering and eventually the creation of Functional Design Specifications. Once agreed by all parties, the full control system designs are created including all schematics, bills of material and full software files as required for all automation functions. TWS also integrates existing plant controls to their systems, including crushing, screening and even third party wash plants. We expect this initiative to be a major benefit to our customers and distributors and allows TWS to offer the complete wash plant solution from concept to commission.”last_img read more

Sconi cobaltnickel project looking good for Australian Mines

first_imgAustralian Mines Ltd has completed the transaction to acquire 100% of the Sconi cobalt-nickel-scandium project in northern Queensland from its previous joint venture partner Metallica Minerals. The transaction included the payment of A$3.5 million in cash to Metallica Minerals . The company will also issue A$1.5 million worth of Australian Mines shares to Metallica Minerals on completion of its BFS (which remains on track for delivery by April 2018) plus a final issue of A$5 million of Australian Mines shares (or cash ) to Metallica Minerals once the Sconi project is in full-scale commercial production.Australian Mines Managing Director Benjamin Bell commented: “Securing 100% ownership of the advanced Sconi cobalt-nickel-scandium project is a major strategic milestone for Australian Mines, and progresses our plans to become a significant supplier of cobalt to the emerging electric vehicle sector within the next few years.”“Importantly for our shareholders, who continue to strongly support the company’s positioning as a near-term producer of strategic technology metals, our acquisition of the Sconi Project has no residual royalty payments or value-depleting claw-back measures.“Controlling 100% of the expected cobalt sulphate and nickel sulphate production from Sconi provides Australian Mines with far greater scope and flexibility during our current off-take discussions, which are now at an advanced stage, as well as project financing discussions as the Company can now ‘speak’ for the full annual production of these highly sought-after battery metals.“Australian Mines’ focus for the remainder of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 is on delivering the BFS on Sconi, in line with its previously announced completion timing of April 2018. Recent work as part of the BFS has supported the view that the expected average feed grade at the project to be 0.11% Co and 0.81% Ni for at least the first 20 years of the operation.“The company has also made significant progress on finalising the total capital expenditure required to build the proposed open pit mine and full-scale processing facility at Sconi, as well as the forecast operating costs for the life of mine. When available in April 2018, this will allow Australian Mines to take its current project financing discussions to the next level of certainty.”The demonstration-size plant in Perth is nearing completion with autoclave expected this month; and engineers from potential off-take partners agree with Australian Mines’ cobalt sulphate and nickel sulphate processing flow-chart.last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five things you need to know before you head out the door.1. #BREAKING: A Malaysian passenger flight has been ‘shot down’ close to Ukraine’s border with Russia. There were 295 people on board.2. #APOLOGY: The PSNI has apologised to the families of soldiers killed in the Hyde Park bombing for ‘failing to secure justice‘. It follows the publication of a report which reviewed ‘on the run’ letters.3. #CUTS: Microsoft has announced plans to cut 18,000 jobs from its global workforce. These will take place as the company integrates recently-acquired Nokia.4. #INDUSTRIAL ACTION: Siptu has criticised Greyhound after the company contacted residents in Dublin this morning claiming that the picketers were disrupting services.5. #SUMMER HOLLIERS: The Dáil has risen for the summer. TDs will now focus on constituency work until 17 September.last_img read more

This is the Jon Snow video on Gaza that everyones talking about

first_imgVETERAN CHANNEL FOUR news journalist Jon Snow has recently returned from a spell in Gaza, where he reported on the conflict between Palestine and Israel.His personal testimony about what he witnessed there has seen a huge reaction online.Here it is, in full: Source: Channel 4 News/YouTubeRead: Human remains disturbed as missile strike hits Gaza cemetery>last_img

Greek companies cut salary by 20 per cent

first_imgThe labor market is undergoing a huge shift after the reduction of the minimum wage, with many companies proceeding to salary cuts by up to 20 per cent since February 14 through individual contracts with their employees, according to data collected by the Labor Inspectors’ Squad. Data show that at 45 businesses employing over 50 people there were new contracts with an average salary decline of 20.094 percent. Within just one month from the application of the law providing for a 22 percent reduction in the minimum wage, as agreed with the country’s creditors, there have been no fewer than 45 new corporate contracts in Athens and Thessaloniki, while in the preceding four-month period, from October to February, there had only been 65 new contracts throughout the country. Since February 14, 3,231 small enterprises, employing fewer than five people, have submitted details of their employees’ individual contracts with an average salary drop of 20.63 percent. These reductions concern some 15,000 workers. Meanwhile, the Labor Ministry is to present Parliament with a regulation that will reward businesses that are consistent in paying their social security contributions: From early October they will get a 5 percent reduction in their contributions to social security funds. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La testostérone aiderait les hommes à mieux dormir

first_imgLa testostérone aiderait les hommes à mieux dormirCanada – Plus les hommes ont un taux de testostérone élevé, plus leur sommeil serait de bonne qualité a conclu un étudiant en psychologie de l’université de Montréal. Pour tirer ces conclusions, l’équipe de recherche a analysé le niveau de testostérone ainsi que la durée, l’efficacité et la qualité des différentes phases du sommeil chez deux groupes d’hommes. Le premier était constitué d’individus âgés en moyenne de 23 ans, le second de 53 ans.Il a été établi que dans le second groupe, où le niveau de testostérone était plus bas, le sommeil profond, un stade qui permet la récupération physique et cérébrale, connaissait une baisse de 20%. Des résultats qui ont poussé l’équipe à conclure qu’un taux de testostérone élevé engendrait une meilleure qualité de sommeil. Le 24 mai 2010 à 09:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Tech powers solid gains for week

first_imgThe S&P 500 rose to a new high for the year Friday as resurgent technology stocks closed out their best week in four months with solid gains.Financial, health care and consumer stocks also helped lift the market. The gains erased losses from last week, when the S&P 500 had its worst week of the year. The benchmark index finished at 2,822.48, up 12.6 percent for the year and down 4 percent from the record level set in September.Technology stocks had their best week since November. Apple ended the week with a 7.6 percent gain, its best week since August. Industrial stocks lagged the market Friday.Investors bought bonds after a report on industrial production showed a second consecutive monthly decline in manufacturing in the U.S. That sent the yield on the 10-year Treasury lower. It fell to 2.59 percent from 2.63 late Thursday.Despite the latest gains, global political turmoil, particularly over trade, still weighs on investors, said Katie Nixon, chief investment officer at Northern Trust Wealth Management.last_img read more

Controlled Burning set in Middle Caicos

first_img Middle Caicos has a new man in charge Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Brian Naqqi-Manco, caicos pine, kew gardens, london, middle caicos Recommended for you PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute North to Middle Caicos Causeway behind schedule; residents concerned over Joaquin flooding Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Dec 2014 – Fires will intentionally be set in Middle Caicos today. It is a part of the ‘burn event’ being managed by the Caicos Pine Project. There will be an early morning briefing with the specialists who are in from Kew Gardens, London and we are looking forward to showing you what happens in our feature of the controlled burning during Turquoise Morning. Our friend Brian Naqqi-Manco will keep us posted and will bring a presentation on what happened and why it had to happen this Friday morning at 10am at the National Environmental Center in Lower Bight, here in Provo. The Caicos Pine is naturally combustible due to resins within the barks of the trees… often it is best to hold burn events so that fires do not break out unmonitored. These controlled fires minimize damage and can possibly save lives and certainly save properties.last_img read more

Suspended Broward Sheriff Israel creates legal defense fund

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is funding his fight to get his job back.Israel’s attorney said his client created a legal defense fund to help with court expenses.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis removed Israel Jan. 10 for his department’s alleged neglect of duty and incompetence during the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Israel and his lawyer said the voters should choose the new sheriff, not the governor.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday July 21

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream:
From 5-7 P.M.We’ll discuss the final day of the chaotic GOP Convention in Cleveland with political strategist Catalina Byrd and president of the Montgomery County Young Republicans, Greg Visscher. Plus, we’ll sit down with some of the student leaders of the civic group, “The Intersection,” about their work in promoting Baltimore’s, “Children and Youth Investment Act.”
These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

taipeilove the story of Taiwans marriage equality fight that had to be

first_imgEssentially, the Council of Grand Justices ruled that it was unconstitutional not to allow same-sex couples to marry. In its ruling it gave legislators a two year deadline to make a law allowing same-sex marriage to happen.It’s been almost a year, but the country isn’t any closer to same-sex couples heading down the aisle.Making marriage equality happen has been a wild ride. All the more made clear in the rollercoaster of events just in the 10 months since the court’s ruling.Since May last year, religious groups have tried to start a petition to overturn the court’s ruling, Taipei hosted Asia’s biggest Pride parade ever, lawmakers continually found excuses not to make marriage equality law and a Taiwan court refused to recognize the marriage of a gay couple wedded overseas.Taiwan’s longest-running marriage equality activist Chi Chia Wei sums it up pretty well: ‘You’re almost home yet you need to wait outside the door for the next year and a half’.Taiwan’s Chi Chia Wei. | Photo: SuppliedThankfully one filmmaker has been there to capture Taiwan’s unbelievable path to marriage equality in a unique ‘passion project’.Germany’s Lucie Liu, decided to document Taiwan’s struggles to achieve marriage equality in her documentary, taipeilove*.‘Making this project definitely changed my life and it makes me so proud when tell me, how happy they are that someone is finally listening to their stories,’ Liu told Gay Star News.Liu saw an opportunity to tell the world about the ‘huge step’ for an Asian country to approve same-sex marriage. She hopes Taipeilove* will have a positive impact on other Asian countries.‘Marriage equality clashes with deep-rooted tradition, culture and religion in Asian societies. I want to capture this important moment in history,’ she. ‘I hope that once it is released it will have an impact on other Asian countries. Change is possible and that’s the main message of my documentary.’taipeilove*Taipei is the capital of Taiwan and the stage for Liu’s documentary.Liu followed three protagonists who shared their stories of dealing with pressure of being LGBTI from their families and society in general. Sarah, Kevin and David have struggled with the traditional and homophobic beliefs in Taiwan while waiting for marriage equality to happen.Sarah and Sabrina interviewed in taipeilove*. | Photo: Supplied‘My protagonists give an interesting overview on the generational divide,’ Liu says.David is in his forties and is from a generation of men who suffered through extreme homophobia.Despite all this, David is a jovial guy who likes to ‘crack jokes’. But there’s one critical scene in taipeilove* shows how tough his path has been.‘We filmed with him for a day and in one intimate interview he suddenly starts talking about his mother and how she reacted when he came out,’ Liu says. A screen grab from taipeilove*. | Photo: Supplied Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-center_img In May last year, Taiwan made history as the first country in Asia to give the green light to same-sex marriage. ‘The deep sadness and his tears show how deeply scared him and his generation are. This made me realize how far Taiwanese society has come.’David during his emotional interview in taipeilove*. | Photo: SuppliedChanging the narrativeThe constant changes to the marriage equality story in Taiwan have kept Liu on her toes as a filmmaker.She keeps in contact with activists and local journalists to keep ‘in the loop’ on the latest news.But regardless how much changed while the documentary was filmed, Liu was clear about its objective.‘The situation is a bit unfortunate since the government is stalling the decision and is rather quiet about it,’ Liu says.‘What is unfortunately very unique is the lacking media coverage. Australia, Austria, Germany and Taiwan made the decision to legalize same-sex marriage in 2017, yet Taiwan was not mentioned accordingly in many media platforms.‘This would have been highly important. Since the world needs to see that the discussion is part of the discourse in Taiwan and that policy makers made the decision to make an active change.’[embedded content]Taiwan’s come a long way, babyLiu argues that her film needs to be seen by the world to understand how far Taiwan has come.‘Even though members of the LGBT community in Taiwan still face problems… Taiwan has already taken a very important step,’ she says.‘Taiwan is the very first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage… just 30 years ago it was ruled under martial law and is now on the verge of writing history and setting an example for other Asian countries.’Liu says that we are living in a modern time with 26 countries already legalizing same-sex marriage and an ‘Asian one is going to be one of them in the near future’.‘This development and my film should raise the awareness that members of the LGBTQ community are everywhere,’ she said.Liu was able to make the film thanks to some financing from a German foundation. But the project has mainly been driven by ‘hard work and dedication of a passionate team of creatives’. In order give a platform to ‘women’s filmmaking and the underrepresented Asian LGBTQI’ community, Liu has set up a crowdfunding campaign to get the film ‘across the finish line’.Find out why we started taipeilove* and help us reach our goal! #crowdfunding #documentary #independent #filmmaking @indiegogo— taipeilove* (@taipeilovedoc) March 27, 2018The team’s looking to raise €15,000 (US$18,600) to help finance the documentary’s post-production. They’re also hoping to taipeilove* to film festivals around the world.‘Everyone who is involved in this project is passionate about creating a documentary that tackles the topic of equality in an Asian country and its impact on the rest of Asia and hopefully the world,’ Liu says.To donate to the crowdfunding for Taipeilove*, click here.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . 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Year in Review Secondary Market News

first_img Share January 2, 2015 485 Views From the start of QM to the end of quantitative easing, the past year saw plenty of big news in the mortgage and financial markets. As the new year rolls in, MReport is taking a look at some of the biggest secondary market headlines of 2014.Fannie, Freddie Investors File Another Suit Against U.S.: The ongoing battle over profits at Fannie and Freddie took another turn with the filing of additional lawsuits by investors led by New York-based hedge fund giant Pershing Square Capital Management. The suit revolves around the Treasury’s sweeping of GSE profits, which critics say created a windfall for the government at the expense of shareholders.BofA, Justice Department Announce Record Settlement: Less than a year after JPMorgan Chase struck a landmark deal with the government, Bank of America agreed to pay nearly $17 billion to resolve claims surround the sale of problem mortgages. The agreement marked the largest civil settlement with a single entity in the history of the United States.Fed, SEC Approve Finalized QRM Rule: As policymakers had hoped, regulators released in October their finalized qualified residential mortgage rule. The rule, first proposed in 2011, sets certain lending standards and a risk retention framework for lenders packing their mortgages for the secondary market.GSE Reform in a Post-Midterm Congress: Republicans swept Washington in November, and as always, elections have consequences. But what do the midterm results mean for Fannie and Freddie, whose fate has been a topic of debate on Capitol Hill?Fannie, Freddie Tweak Mortgage Repurchase Reqs: In a move meant to reassure lenders, the GSEs retooled their mortgage repurchase requirements to provide clarity about the potential risk of buybacks. in Featured, News, Secondary Marketcenter_img 2015-01-02 Tory Barringer Year in Review: Secondary Market Newslast_img read more