Kiwi teen hits out in video over school’s transgender toilet policy

first_imgNZ Herald 22 February 2017Family First Comment: “As a girl I feel uncomfortable with a guy being in the same toilets [as me]. There are already gender-neutral toilets in the school. Girls going through puberty and stuff, it can be quite stressful and embarrassing. And knowing that there could be a guy that could walk in, it’s a little bit terrifying to think about that.”http://www.askmefirst.nzA Kiwi teenager has spoken out about her school’s decision to allow a transgender student to use the girls’ bathrooms, saying it was made without consultation and her rights were overlooked.In a video the girl, known only as Laura, says the management’s decision to allow a transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as female, to attend the all-girls’ school last year shocked her.School leadership initially told the transgender student she could use the gender-neutral toilets, but she successfully campaigned to access the girls’ halfway through the school year.Laura said it was then that she spoke to the school’s management, voicing her concerns for her and other students’ safety.“And at that point I was like ‘No this isn’t right’,” she says in the video.“As a girl I feel uncomfortable with a guy being in the same toilets [as me]. There are already gender-neutral toilets in the school.“Girls going through puberty and stuff, it can be quite stressful and embarrassing. And knowing that there could be a guy that could walk in, it’s a little bit terrifying to think about that.”Laura says her concerns fell on deaf ears, and the principal told her if she had a problem with being in the same toilet block as the other student, she could use the unisex toilets herself.“And that’s when I thought ‘hold on a minute. I’m at an all-girls’ school with these girls’ bathrooms and you’re telling me if I don’t want to use them I can go to a unisex toilet?’ It doesn’t make sense. It really doesn’t.”Lynda Whitehead, spokesperson for Tranzaction, an advocacy organisation for transgender people, was shocked when watching the video.“I was dismayed. Transgender people do not go around harassing anybody. They don’t go into a bathroom and use them for any other reason than anyone else,” Whitehead said.“What I would say to this young lady [Laura] is go out there, find a transperson and have a talk with them and see where they are coming from.”Laura’s mother also voices her opinion in the video, which lobby group Family First produced as part of a campaign to bar transgender females from using girls’ and women’s’ facilities such as toilets and changing rooms.“As a mother when I found out about the issue I was extremely distraught and upset,” she says.Laura’s mother says the school’s claims that it considered the rights of all its students before making the decision are “really incorrect”.“They have not respected the value of the girls’ vulnerability. They haven’t respected their thoughts on the matter. There’s over 600 girls. They also have a right to have a voice.“I think as a parent, we should’ve got together in the school itself before it all happened. Why didn’t they ask us what we wanted to do?”Laura adds that while she has nothing against the transgender student involved in the stoush, she takes issue with the school’s lack of consideration of her views.“[The school] never asked me my opinion. They never respected my rights. Nobody asked me first.”Whitehead, who is a trans woman, said students should be consulted but she believes most would rule in favour of transgender people being able to use the bathroom they consider most appropriate to them.“It’s straightforward. If a person identifies and presents as a female they will use the facility appropriate to them. The same goes for a male.”Whitehead said the issue was laid to rest last year and has only been rekindled by Family First.“We are a marginalised and small community in New Zealand so we’re an easy target for [Family First]. But why is this being stirred up now if it was done and dusted last year?“Its nothing more than organised bigotry and quite frankly we’re sick of it.“All we want is to get on with our lives like everyone else.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11804688Kiwi teen hits out over transgender toilet policyOtago Daily Times 21 February 2017A Kiwi teenager has spoken out about her school’s decision to allow a transgender student to use the girls’ bathrooms, saying it was made without consultation and her rights were overlooked.In a video titled Ask Me First About School Toilet Privacy: Laura the girl, known only as Laura, says the management’s decision to allow a transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as female, to attend the all-girls’ school last year shocked her.School leadership initially told the transgender student she could use the gender-neutral toilets, but she successfully campaigned to access the girls’ halfway through the school year.Laura said it was then that she spoke up to the school’s management, voicing her concerns for her and other students’ safety.READ MORE: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/kiwi-teen-hits-out-over-transgender-toilet-policyLizzie Marvelly: Our toilets are the new battlegroundNZ Herald 25 Feb 2017Somewhere between the broken soap dispenser, the constantly dripping tap and the hand drier that hasn’t worked in about 20 years, it appears that you’ll now find conservative lobby group Family First lurking in the background to ensure each girl who pops in for a wee between classes has the type of genitalia up her skirt that Family First deems appropriate. This week, New Zealand’s favourite pearl-clutchers took it upon themselves to join an American campaign fighting against advances in the human rights of transgender people.I am a staunch advocate for amplifying young women’s voices, but I also believe teens deserve the right to formulate their own views and opinions without the pressure of voicing them in a conservative lobby group’s controversial campaign that they may or may not agree with in the future.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11805955Nadine Chalmers-Ross: ‘Morality guardians invade the toilets’Sunday Star Times 26 Feb 2017Teenagers are arguably more vulnerable than my strident almost-31 year old self.  That vulnerability was not given enough consideration, according to the mother of a girl whose school decided to let its one transgender student use the girls’ bathrooms. Laura and her mum have been wheeled out as the faces of Family First’s new ‘Ask Me First’ campaign. A campaign that adopts the usual approach of the bully – sorry, lobby group –  that is: inciting fear, discrimination and intolerance as it carries out its self-appointed role as the guardian of morality…. Laura’s mum is right about one thing; teenagers are vulnerable….http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/89740782/nadine-chalmersross-morality-guardians-invade-the-toilets#AskMeFirst: The left’s shameful response to Laura will push more women to the rightWriting by Renee Blog https://reneejg.net/2017/02/24/askmefirst/….Cue the liberal backlash. Journalists on the left are completely ignoring the implications to girls’ and women’s safety of opening up female-only spaces on the basis of identity politics, being too busy scrambling to profess their “love” for trans people and hatred of “bigotry” to think about girls. They are so rushed, in fact, they can’t even stop to define the terms of their own arguments. The Herald‘s Lizzie Marvelly cannot cough up a definition of a “girl” to back up her choice to ride roughshod over a young woman’s legitimate concerns about her rights to consent, privacy, safety and speech.Commentators like Alison Mau and Marvelly have dismissed Laura herself as “exploited” by Family First, in order to sidestep consideration of the concerns she raises. Auckland University academic equity leader Lexie Matheson even bluffs that this “exploitation” actually “worries” him.… Women are increasingly prevented from discussing the root causes of epidemics that affect us, like eating disorders and sexual abuse – because doing so involves looking at the nature of gender as a hierarchical system that men impose on women, on the basis of sex. Even saying this is now considered “transphobic”, because “transwomen are women!”… To see Laura’s legitimate concerns dismissed in this condescending manner is nauseating. Given these sorts of reactions, it is also no wonder that women and radical feminists are finding themselves increasingly accepting support from right wing groups.… So if the right supports girls and women like Laura to ask questions pertinent to our safety, while liberals hound and bully them for it – those same liberals should be prepared. When more and more women start making political swings to the right, seeing no other options to make themselves heard – liberals will only have themselves to blame.Rosemary McLeod: I don’t want to be intimate with strangersStuff co.nz 2 March 2017The dunny drama of 2017 was a happy moment for liberal-minded people to puff out their chests, preen, and congratulate themselves for being more progressive than bores like Family First. But they weren’t entirely heroic.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/89923312/rosemary-mcleod-i-dont-want-to-be-intimate-with-strangersKyle MacDonald: Why are New Zealand’s suicide rates so high among transgender youth?NZ Herald 2 March 2017One of the amazing things about humans is we have this ability to think about how we see ourselves. We call it our identity.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11810387Who would dress as a woman just to enter a female toilet? Diane SparkesNZ Herald 1 March 2017Being transgender is not about sexual orientation, who you have sex with. A person who identifies as female is not being that way just so he can go to the bathroom or locker room just to get his, that should read, her, jollies off.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11809702Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Bayern dominate Best Player shortlist

first_imgFour Bayern Munich players have been named on Uefa’s 10-man shortlist for the Best Player in Europe award.Bavarian quartet Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger are all nominated for the prize after their treble-winning 2012-13 campaign and join Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski in a Bundesliga-dominated line-up.Also on the list are four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a stunning 107 goals between them last season, with the Argentine lifting the Liga title with the Blaugrana.The Premier League’s Young Player of the Year Gareth Bale also features on the list after scoring 31 times for club and country last season and he is joined by Manchester United’s Robin van Persie in players nominated from England.The Dutchman enjoyed a prolific first season at Old Trafford, scoring 30 goals from 48 appearances in all competitions as he helped guide his side to the Premier League title.Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was a major force in helping Paris Saint-Germain win Ligue 1, is also in with a chance. The imposing Swede grabbed 37 goals during his first season at the Parc des Princes – a campaign which also saw PSG reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League before bowing out on away goals to Barcelona.last_img read more

Chelsea lining up shock move for ex-Liverpool goalkeeper – reports

first_img IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM Reina could be available on the cheap And now reports in Italy have suggested that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri would look to replace the Belgian with Reina should he leave.The Spaniard, now 35, is currently playing second fiddle to Gianluigi Donnarumma at AC Milan and could be available for as little as £5m this summer.But Sarri enjoyed a good relationship with Reina while they were both at Napoli and the Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed that a reunion at Stamford Bridge could be on the cards.Reina has a wealth of experience in English football following his nine years at Liverpool.Following his £6m arrival from Villarreal, the Madrid-born keeper made a total of 394 appearances for Liverpool, with 285 in the Premier League. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED REVEALED targets targets LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST TRANSFER NEWS The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Chelsea have been linked with shock move for ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.The future of current Blues No.1 Thibaut Courtois has been the subject of much speculation with Real Madrid said to be keen on a move. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

Solar-powered ad fires up Cannes

first_img21 June 2007Network BBDO won South Africa’s first Outdoor Grand Prix at the 2007 International Cannes Advertising Festival for a solar-powered billboard offering “power to the people” – literally, in the form of electricity generated for a nearby school.According to Bizcommunity.com, the billboard makes good on Nedbank’s message – “What if a bank really did give power to the people?” – by transforming sunshine into electricity for the MC Weiler School kitchen in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township, saving the school around R2 000 a month in electricity bills.The billboard is reportedly being patented for use on school sites across South Africa.The innovation – and the fact that it made a difference to a local community – gave Network BBDO the edge over a BBDO, New York billboard created for BBC World. The New York billboard featured a photo of soldiers and allowed passers-by in Times Square to vote via text message whether they thought the soldiers were occupiers or liberators.The “power to the people” billboard “was more than advertising,” Lowe Bull executive creative director and Cannes outdoor jurist Porky Hefer told AdAge.com. “It was help and it was hope.”SA’s Cannes Lions winnersNetwork BBDO hasn’t been the only award-winning South African agency at the festival taking place in Cannes, France this week. The country’s creatives have also picked up gold, silver and bronze Lions aplenty in the direct mail, media, outdoor, press, promo and radio categories.And according to Filmmaker South Africa, Dean Blumberg of Freshwater Films and Grant de Sousa of Collective Energy also shared second prize in the CFP-E/Shots Young Director Awards in the non-European broadcast category.South Africa’s 2007 Cannes Lions winners include:Cinevation – Bronze Media Lion (Microsoft Xbox campaign).FCB Johannesburg – Gold Direct Lion (Raid insecticide).Grey Worldwide – Gold Radio Lions (Geronimo condoms).Ireland/Davenport – Bronze Press Lion (Hubba Bubba bubblegum).Jupiter Drawing Room – Gold Radio Lions (Senokot laxative); Gold Media Lion (Mont Blanc fountain pens).Lowe Bull Johannesburg – Gold Press Lions, Gold Radio Lion (Axe deoderant); Bronze Press Lion (National Council Against Smoking).Network BBDO – Gold Outdoor Lion (Ghost Pops).Ogilvy South Africa – Bronze Press Lions (Audi pollen filter); Silver Outdoor Lion (Eskom “Save” campaign); Silver Radio Lion (Exclusive Books).Tequila – Bronze Media Lion (Toot-n-Scoot taxi service).SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ben Klick, Aug. 14

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We aren’t dry but we are drier. We’re back to getting a couple of tenths of rain instead of getting a couple of inches of rain. That makes things more manageable.We got a quarter inch of rain on Friday and that perked up the double-crop beans especially. We are very pleased with how things came out of this spring and crops are looking pretty good so far. If we can keep moisture for August and September I think we’ll be alright. We’re kind of hoping for a little more heat now.Once we finally got the second crop of hay done, the third crop is coming really nice. We still have a second cutting of grass hay to make, but we usually only get a couple of cuttings out of that anyway. We are more flexible finally on the hay situation. Now we’re focused on side projects, moving cattle, moving manure and all that stuff.We’re fully through with pollination. The first corn is very close to dent. In the last couple of years, we started chopping corn at the end of August but I think we’re more on schedule for a normal chopping time in September this year.We sprayed insecticide on all of our bean acres and it was worth the money. I have heard about problems with frogeye and we haven’t seen any sudden death syndrome this year. Compared to what we had last year I think the yield will be a lot better. It can still get dry and things can change in a hurry, so I hope the rain continues and I’m excited to see what fall brings.last_img read more

Captains de Leon and Rondina end college careers with a bang

first_imgThey are as different as anyone can be. Their backgrounds, their style of play and their roles with their squads. But once their paths converged, once their careers collided in a championship clash, the similarities began emerging.They were captains, and they would steer their respective ships as far as humanly possible.ADVERTISEMENT Bea de Leon was fortunate to have led Ateneo farther, a 25-17, 25-22, 25-22 victory in Game 3 of the finals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena sealed the Lady Eagles’ third title in six years.The Ateneo skipper was on the fence about playing a fifth year for the Katipunan squad until coach Oliver Almadro reeled her in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made,” said De Leon, who was named the Finals MVP. “I’m so happy that coach O (Oliver Almadro) still called me up because he had a choice not to and he had a choice to replace me.”Almadro stood by De Leon the whole season, parrying critics of her limited production by saying “she brings a lot more to the court than just scoring.” “I still remember that day when [Almadro called me up] and I’m still thankful for coach O for still wanting me to be part of the team,” De Leon said. “I couldn’t say no to coach O. It was really the best decision I’ve ever made. We’re here and we did it.”Almadro’s faith and De Leon’s decision to stay were repaid as Ateneo held off a young UST team in dominant fashion for the crown.But the Tigresses’ defeat doesn’t make Sisi Rondina a loser. The roar from the sea of yellow as she addressed the UST crowd made it clear that the indefatigable captain would leave on the wings of victory.For Rondina, playing a fifth year for UST was a no-brainer.“I love UST,” she said in Filipino. “I still don’t want to let go of UST.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know00:50Trending Articles05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MPBL welcomes two more members Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View comments Rondina will graduate in June, a final ceremony to end her stay in España. And oh, how she would have loved to leave behind a shining trophy.But there at the place where all journeys end, there was no tangible symbol of victory. Rondina did not leave empty-handed though; the Thomasian community made sure she heard—loud and clear—its parting present.And Rondina did leave something behind: a legacy.“When someone says ‘Sisi Rondina’ they will be reminded of someone who gave it all for the school, someone who never wanted to let UST down.”“I hope the players who remain will always remember to love UST and give it their all for UST like I did.”De Leon and Rondina. In an arena that measures wins and losses, only one of them left in a rain of confetti and cheers, cradling a trophy for her efforts.But where sports is measured by a dedication, passion and love for both game and team, they both walked off as champions. —WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

10 months agoWatford to bid for Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze

first_imgWatford to bid for Nice midfielder Adrien Tamezeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford are set to bid for Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze.The Daily Mail says Watford are preparing to offer £10m for Tameze. Atalanta have tabled a similar bid while Cardiff City and Burnley have also asked about the 24-year-old, who can also play in defence.Tameze was highly rated as a teenager and played for France Under-16s and Under-18s.Watford are preparing to assess their options if dominant central midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure moves away from Vicarage Road. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Valeant shares slump as company warns growth wont return until 2019

first_imgMONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. says it won’t return to growth for another year as it continues efforts to turnaround the business and further lower its massive debt.“We expect reported revenue to grow beginning in 2019 versus 2018, and for growth to accelerate as our new product launches take hold,” chief financial officer Paul Herendeen said Wednesday.The Quebec-based company said it expects revenues to grow four to six per cent annually through 2021 and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) to grow at five to eight per cent annually.Valeant’s shares took a hit Wednesday, falling $2.74 or 11.54 per cent to $21.01 by the close of markets, after the company issued its 2018 guidance that was below analyst estimates.The company said it expects revenue of US$8.1 billion to US$8.3 billion and full-year adjusted EBITDA in the range of US$3.05 billion to US$3.2 billion.That’s down from US$8.72 billion in revenues and US$3.64 billion in EBITDA posted in 2017.Much of the decrease follows the sale of several companies, continued loss of patent exclusivity on some drugs and currency fluctuations.Chief executive Joseph Papa said he still believes that Valeant is a “turnaround of a lifetime.”“I do think it takes some time and we have to demonstrate the performance and what we’re trying to do right now,” he told analysts.Valeant cut its debt by 15 per cent in one year to US$25.7 billion.Since the first quarter of 2015, it has reduced total debt by more than US$6.7 billion, partially from the sale of non-core assets.With few further large sales of non-core assets available, industry analysts believe Valeant has to take further action to reduce its leverage.Valeant said it recently filed a shelf prospectus that raises the prospect of an equity raise, said Neil Maruoka of Canaccord Genuity.“We believe an equity raise is a strong possibility given the challenges of debt reduction through divestitures and the slow de-levering from operating cash flow and future EBITDA growth,” he said in a report.Reporting in U.S. dollars, Valeant said it earned $513 million or $1.45 per diluted share attributable to shareholders in its latest quarter, compared with a loss of $515 million or $1.47 per share a year ago.The profit was the highest since the fourth quarter of 2014, before its share price collapsed on allegations of improper conduct by former senior executives.“After working to stabilize the company, we’re now well into the second phase of the plan turnaround to where we’re taking steps to drive shareholder value,” Papa said during a conference call.Valeant said it launched more than 100 products last year while reducing the number of manufacturing sites by 23 per cent and discontinued more than 1,900 individual items.The company said it resolved 80 lawsuits and investigations from issues involving former executives. It said insurance policies should cover settlement costs and legal fees.On Wednesday, it announced the payment of $58 million to settle the Solodyn antitrust class action.On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned $347 million or 98 cents per diluted in the quarter. That’s in line with analyst forecasts but is down from $443 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.While it will continue to eye opportunities for more divestitures, Papa said Valeant spins off lots of cash, some of which will be used to further cut debt.Revenue for the three months ended Dec. 31 totalled $2.16 billion down 10 per cent from $2.4 billion a year earlier.Nine percentage points of the lower revenues came from sold assets.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:VRX)last_img read more

China says foreign concerns over Muslim rights unwarranted

first_imgBEIJING — China said Thursday that 15 foreign ambassadors, including the envoy from Canada, exceeded their diplomatic roles by issuing a letter expressing concern about the incarceration of hundreds of thousands of members of the country’s Muslim minorities in re-education camps.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a daily briefing that it would be “problematic” if the diplomats were attempting to put pressure on local authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, where the detentions have taken place.Hua said the letter violated the terms of the Vienna Convention governing diplomatic relations and that the ambassadors should not “interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.”“As ambassadors, they are supposed to play positive roles in promoting mutual understanding, mutual trust and co-operation … rather than making unreasonable requests to the countries where they are based,” Hua said.She said the letter issued this week and reportedly spearheaded by Canada was based on hearsay, despite widely distributed reports from detainees, relatives and officials documenting the sweeping and seemingly arbitrary detentions.Inmates and relatives say the camps impose military-style discipline and punishments and force detainees to renounce their religion and culture while swearing fealty to President Xi Jinping and the ruling Communist Party.Asked about the letter, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he had “highlighted the questions and concerns that we have” surrounding the issue in his bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Singapore.“Canada will continue to look for ways to advance and promote human rights in partnership with our likeminded allies everywhere around the world,” Trudeau said at a news conference Thursday.The letter to the Chinese government has not been made public, but the Reuters news agency said it was signed by 15 Western ambassadors, including the Canadian, British, French, Swiss, European Union, German, and Australian envoys.Diplomats from the countries named in the report either did not reply to requests for confirmation or said they had no comment.Hua’s comments came as a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is bringing a measure to urge President Donald Trump to help Chinese Muslims respond to the crackdown.The legislation would urge Trump to condemn “gross violations” of human rights in Xinjiang, where the U.N. estimates that as many as 1 million Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities are being held in arbitrary detention.It would also support an existing push for sanctions against Xinjiang Communist Party chief Chen Quanguo and other officials under the Magnitsky Act, which prevents foreign officials from entering the U.S. and freezes any assets they have in U.S. banks.Other sanctions raised for consideration by the act include a ban on sales of U.S.-made goods or services to Xinjiang state agents such as those that could be used for surveillance and suppression.Chinese authorities have denied that the internment camps exist, but say petty criminals are sent to “employment training centres.” The Xinjiang government has revised regulations to officially permit the use of “education and training centres” to reform “people influenced by extremism.”The rules direct the centres to teach the Mandarin language, occupational and legal education, as well as “ideological education, psychological rehabilitation and behaviour correction.”Xinjiang’s native Uighur and Kazakh ethnic groups are culturally, religiously and linguistically distinct from China’s Han majority and the region has been home to a low-intensity rebellion against rule from Beijing. Many of the region’s natives say their culture is under threat from Chinese policies aiming to assimilate them and that they face disadvantages in education and employment from Han migrants from other parts of China.Members of the Muslim Hui ethnic group — culturally and linguistically closer to the Han — have also been ensnared in the campaign that has drawn comparisons to Mao Zedong’s radical 1966-76 Cultural Revolution.Also on Thursday, China’s Cabinet released a report entitled “Protection and Development of Xinjiang Culture,” that stressed the importance of adopting Mandarin Chinese among ethnic groups and referred to their Islamic faith as “religious culture.”“Xinjiang adheres to the historical tradition of the Sinosization of religion and actively adapts religion to socialist society,” the report said.___McNeil reported from Singapore.Christopher Bodeen And Sam McNeil, The Associated Presslast_img read more

How major US stock indexes fared Monday

first_imgStocks finished solidly higher on Wall Street Monday as investors welcomed news of a 90-day truce in the trade battle between the U.S. and China.Technology stocks, automakers, retailers and industrial companies powered the broad rally. The price of oil jumped, sending energy stocks higher, amid expectations OPEC will cut production.On Monday:The S&P 500 index climbed 30.20 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 2,790.37.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 287.97 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 25,826.43.The Nasdaq composite rose 110.98 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 7,441.51.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 15.69 points, or 1 per cent, to 1,548.96.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 116.76 points, or 4.4 per cent.The Dow is up 1,107.21 points, or 4.5 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 538.12 points, or 7.8 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 13.45 points, or 0.9 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more