Biden opens major push for LGBTIQ rights abroad

President Joe Biden has quickly launched a campaign to support LGBTIQ people abroad, putting their rights higher on the US foreign policy agenda than ever before......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardFeb 7th, 2021

LeBron James group touts sports venues as mega-voting sites

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. James and his voting rights group, formed this spring with other black athletes and entertainers, are joining with other professional basketball leaders and Michigan’s top elections official to push for mega voting sites to accommodate in-person balloting amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More Than A Vote, the James organization dedicated to maximizing Black turnout in November, shared its plans with The Associated Press on Wednesday after the Detroit Pistons became the second NBA franchise to announce plans to use its arena for voting later this year. In Georgia, Fulton County elections officials this week approved the Atlanta Hawks’ proposal to use State Farm Arena as a polling site. Plans call for the arena to serve as a countywide early voting site ahead of Election Day. The idea, which comes after Kentucky used large facilities in its June 23 primary, is to use large spaces that allow for in-person voting while still enforcing social distancing guidelines. It also underscores the attention on the mechanics of voting amid the pandemic, with the intensity already reflected in both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden warning that state and local officials have the power to “corrupt” the election. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called her “partnership” with the Pistons an “blueprint for other teams and leagues seeking to advance our common goal of protecting access to the vote for all.” Lloyd Pierce, head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, said the arrangement in his city ensures “high turnout” in a safe environment. Benson, Pierce and David Fizdale, former New York Knicks head coach, will advise NBA franchises and arena management entities around the country on how to replicate the existing deals. The Milwaukee Bucks also confirmed they are willing to use their home arena as a voting site in the most populous city in the key battleground of Wisconsin. The coordinated push is a turnabout, of sorts, in the often-partisan jousting over voting procedures. Some Democrats panned Kentucky elections officials for limiting in-person June primary voting in the state’s two most populous counties to Louisville’s Exposition Center and the University of Kentucky football stadium in Lexington. Voting rights advocates argued in federal court that the plan, part of culling voting sites statewide amid coronavirus concerns, would harm minority voters. A federal judge rejected their claims, and voting proceeded without the melee that some advocates had forecast. Now, Benson, a Democrat, is pushing the arena model not as an example of potential voter suppression, but a way to fight it. “One of our greatest challenges in protecting voters’ access to democracy this November is identifying accessible locations where citizens can safely vote in person,” she said. Amid COVID, that could outweigh potential logistical difficulties of large sites. Lines for such venues can still be long — just as with normal polling locations — as was seen in Lexington at some points on primary day. Voters also could face traffic jams or public transit hiccups given the number of people involved. General elections also have considerably larger turnout than primaries. Nonetheless, there’s a growing bipartisan push for large-venue voting. NFL executive Scott Pioli last week presented the National Association of Secretaries of State a plan for widespread use of professional and college sports facilities. James’ group is officially nonpartisan. But the NBA star has been open about its emphasis on the Black community, where Trump faces intense opposition for his white identity politics. James has not endorsed Biden, but he endorsed Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016. In Milwaukee, meanwhile, the Bucks owners, the Lasry family, are major Democratic Party donors. Bucks executive Alex Lasry helped lead the effort that landed the Democratic National Convention in the city.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2020

U.S. Senate passes $1.2T infrastructure bill

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Joe Biden hailed the Senate passage Tuesday of a “historic” $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, celebrating a major bipartisan win on a plan he vowed would “transform America.” The ambitious plan provides for $550 billion in new federal spending on transport infrastructure, but also for public transit, broadband Internet, and clean […] The post U.S. Senate passes $1.2T infrastructure bill appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 12th, 2021

Malacañang knocks back at U.S. lawmakers

We urge the Biden administration to stand with the people of the Philippines as they continue to fight for their universal human rights. The post Malacañang knocks back at U.S. lawmakers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2021

US Senate Democrats urge Biden to address Philippine rights situation

In a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Senate Democrats expressed concern about the human rights situation in the Philippines and sought to understand the Biden administration’s strategy to address the Duterte government’s “continuing pattern of human rights violations.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2021

Advocates push for children’s mental health wellness

Rights advocates and child psychology experts pointed this out, underscoring the importance of ensuring and promoting children’s mental health amid the pandemic in the recent webinar organized by the Children’s Rehabilitation Center The post Advocates push for children’s mental health wellness appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 17th, 2021

Chinese LGBTQ rights groups blocked on social media

Multiple social media accounts belonging to major university LGBTQ rights groups in China have been blocked from the popular WeChat app, prompting fears of targeted censorship and calls Wednesday for an online protest......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021

Biden goes to church a day after challenge from bishops on abortion

President Joe Biden went to church Saturday in his hometown a day after US Roman Catholic bishops issued a challenge to him over his support for abortion rights......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 20th, 2021

‘Kalayaan’ Bridge opens

Starting today, motorists can access the Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge across Pasig River that also serves as a major component of the BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2021

US to push out 80M vax doses to certain allies

United States President Joe Biden will announce within days the details of a plan to export 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to other countries "without any political strings attached," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 4th, 2021

Allow EU citizens to return with expired passports

Washington– President Joe Biden’s administration stated that American citizens with recently expired US passports will be able to return home from abroad by the end.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 26th, 2021

Quezon City opens new bike lanes

The Quezon City government inaugurated yesterday new and improved bike lanes along major thoroughfares as part of efforts to promote active, sustainable and environment-friendly modes of transportation for residents and workers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2021

Didal s Olympic push gets boost as Cebu training facility opens

Amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Didal and her team have had trouble finding venues for her to tune her skills as the quadrennial games loom......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2021

US, Japan plan 5G push with eye on China in Biden s first summit

US, Japan plan 5G push with eye on China in Biden s first summit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 16th, 2021

Dandy Miguel, well-loved labor leader, laid to rest after murder

The nearly ten days Miguel’s family spent with workers who knew him were filled with stories of how he helped push for their rights and interests, and how grateful they are to the labor leader......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 7th, 2021

Defense key for PBA rookie

Barangay Ginebra rookie Brian Enriquez knows that to survive in the PBA, defense has to be a major part of what he can do and it’s high in his priority list of things to work on before the season opens next month. Enriquez, 25, was picked first on the second round in last Sunday’s draft and said he didn’t think he would go that soon but embraced it as a blessing......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 20th, 2021

Fortune, TV rights in major events

TV and media rights to major sporting events have been prohibitively expensive since then Olympic GamesAnd the world CupAnd the NFLAnd the NBA s Premier.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMar 1st, 2021

Groups push anew for an end to US military aid amid recent attacks on Lumad schools

The recent attacks on Lumad bakwit school prompted the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) to call for support for the Philippine Human Rights Act (PHRA), a proposed measure to stop military aid to the Philippines. The post Groups push anew for an end to US military aid amid recent attacks on Lumad schools appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2021

Britain joins initiative against arbitrary arrests

With the aim of protecting the rights of the British abroad, on Monday, the United Kingdom announced that it supported a Canadian-led initiative to stop.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2021

China vs. Taiwan

In Joe Biden’s first call with Xi Jinping, the White House said that Biden emphasized his “…fundamental concerns with Beijing’s coercive and unfair practices, its crackdown in Hong Kong, reported human rights abuses in Xinjiang and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including towards Taiwan.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2021

Xi-Biden chat seen to boost China U.S. relations

The two presidents wished each other good fortune in the Year of the Ox, and had an in-depth exchange of views on China-U.S. relations and major international and regional issues. The post Xi-Biden chat seen to boost China U.S. relations appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2021