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Police and border guards must combat racial profiling and ensure that their use of "big data" collected via artificial intelligence does not reinforce biases against minorities, United Nations experts said on Thursday. Companies that sell algorithmic profiling systems to public entities and private companies, often used in screening job applicants, must be regulated to prevent misuse of personal data that perpetuates prejudices, they said. "We've heard about companies using these algorithmic methods to discriminate on the basis of skin colour," she added, speaking from Jamaica.
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Canada's two biggest provinces have each reported more than 1,400 new COVID-19 infections as Ottawa pledged funds to help Nunavut deal with its soaring caseload. Ontario, which is expected to unveil new projections this afternoon, recorded 1,478 new cases today and 21 more deaths. Two weeks ago, provincial health advisers predicted there could be as many as 6,500 new daily infections by mid-December if nothing was done to limit the spread of the virus. It will be the first such data release since the Toronto and neighbouring Peel Region started facing the province's toughest restrictions earlier this week. Quebec, meanwhile, reported 1,464 new cases and 32 more deaths, eight of which were in the past day. Meanwhile, Ottawa is pledging $19 million to help Nunavut deal with its worsening COVID-19 outbreak. Until early November the territory had no COVID-19 infections, but now there are 153 active infections.This report by The Canadian Press was first published November 26, 2020.The Canadian Press
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TORONTO — Gains in the technology sector led a broad-based rally as Canada's main stock index climbed higher in late-morning trading. The S&P/TSX composite index was up 44.87 points at 17,357.94. The increase came as U.S. stock markets were closed for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The Canadian dollar traded for 76.83 cents US compared with 76.91 cents US on Wednesday. The January crude contract was down 80 cents at US$44.91 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down three cents at US$2.93 per mmBTU. The February gold contract was up US$2.00 at US$1,813.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was up four cents at US$3.37 a pound. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press
The life-or-death journey made by mule deer during the second-longest big game migration in North America came down to their ability to squeeze through a fence — a discovery made by scientists using wildlife GPS tracking techniques to map animal migrations in the West in unprecedented detail. The resulting atlas of migration corridors in Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming published by the U.S. Geological Survey can help elk, mule deer, antelope and other animals by focusing efforts to reduce man-made obstacles along their journeys, biologists and wildlife advocates say. “The new technology, the GPS collars and the computer programs that are able to analyze this data, is giving us such a different picture of what migrating wildlife do,” said Miles Moretti, president of the Salt Lake City-based Mule Deer Foundation, which funded some of the research.
PARIS — The last thing Paris Saint-Germain’s shaky defence needs right now is to face a highly skilled player with a major point to prove against his former club, and a great scoring record at its stadium.But that’s what PSG will have to prepare for when Bordeaux winger Hatem Ben Arfa comes to Parc des Princes on Saturday night, brimming with confidence after scoring a fine winner for his new club last weekend.Controlling the ball on the edge of the area, Ben Arfa skipped past two Rennes players and drilled the ball into the bottom corner for a 1-0 win.It was precisely the kind of goal PSG fans wanted to see — again and again — when Ben Arfa secured a dream move to his hometown club four years ago, after netting 18 goals for Nice in a hugely impressive season that saw him return to the France team.The move quickly turned sour for Ben Arfa.He fell so out of favour with then-coach Unai Emery that he was exiled from the squad in April 2017, and spent the entire next season without playing a game for PSG. It was the ultimate humiliation for Ben Arfa, once considered the brightest prospect in French soccer when he broke into the Lyon team as a gifted 17-year-old in 2004.Now, the 33-year-old is playing in the ninth club of his hectic stop-start career, but tranquil Bordeaux seems a good fit — for now — and he could be facing PSG at just the right time.PSG lost 3-2 at Monaco last Friday despite leading 2-0, and was lucky to scrape a 1-0 home win against Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday night. That win was achieved through a combination of excellent goalkeeping from the ever-reliable Keylor Navas, allied to some sloppy finishing from a German side lacking a clinical centre forward to punish PSG's many errors.Although defending champion PSG leads the league, it is only two points ahead of Lille, and has already lost three times in 11 games and five in 15 overall this season.This falls far below expectations at a cash-rich club bankrolled by Qatari investors, whose ambitions of dominating European soccer have fallen way short.The pressure seems to be getting both to the players and coach Thomas Tuchel.There have been careless red cards, confusing tactics — PSG's players appeared unsure what to do against Leipzig at times as they consulted Tuchel during the game — and finally an outburst from Tuchel himself.He took exception to a reporter's question after the Leipzig game when asked if there was a lot of nervousness in his team at the moment.“I get the impression you're always asking the same thing and it's always the same questions. You can go and ask this question in the dressing room, if you have the balls to do that," an irate Tuchel said, raising his voice as he got angrier and readjusting his face mask as it kept slipping. “The players gave everything, everything.”Tuchel's response merely mirrored the way his team is currently playing on the field, without much composure and seemingly under constant stress.The timing could be just right for Ben Arfa to help push midtable Bordeaux up the standings.Especially as in four matches playing for the opposition at Parc des Princes, he has netted four times — twice with Lyon and once each with Marseille and Nice.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJerome Pugmire, The Associated Press
MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting 1,464 new cases of COVID-19 today and 32 additional deaths.It is the highest number of new cases reported in a single day in the province since the pandemic began.Health Minister Christian Dube said on Twitter that the jump in case numbers shows that the battle against the virus is "far from won," and he urged Quebecers to respect public health measures and limit their contacts to slow the spread of the virus.Public health authorities say eight of the latest deaths took place within the previous 24 hours.They say the number of people in hospital has risen by 20 from a day earlier, to 675, and 90 of those people are in intensive care — a decrease of three from the previous day.Quebec has reported 136,894 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 6,947 deaths associated with the virus.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.———This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.The Canadian Press
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Tens of thousands of fans, many weeping but eager to honour Diego Maradona, filed past the coffin of Argentina's most iconic soccer star on Thursday, some confronting police who tried to maintain order at the country's presidential mansion.Fans blew kisses as they passed Maradona's wooden casket in the main lobby of the presidential Casa Rosada, some strike their chests with closed fists and shouting, “Let’s go Diego.”The casket was covered in an Argentine flag and the No. 10 shirt he famously wore the national team. Dozens of other shirts of different soccer teams tossed in by weeping visitors were scattered on and around the casket.Maradona died on Wednesday of a heart attack in a house outside Buenos Aires where he had been recovering from a a brain operation on Nov. 3.Open visitation, started at 6:15 a.m. after a few hours of privacy for family and close friends. The first to bid farewell were his daughters and close family members. His ex-wife Claudia Villafañe came with Maradona's daughters Dalma and Gianinna. Later came Verónica Ojeda, also his ex-wife, with their son Dieguito Fernando.Jana, who Maradona recognized as his daughter only a few years ago, also attended the funeral.Then came former teammates of the 1986 World Cup-winning squad including Oscar Ruggeri. Other Argentine footballers, such as Boca Juniors’ Carlos Tévez, showed up, too.Some fans grew impatient as police tried to maintain order, throwing bottles and pieces of metal fencing at police outside the presidential offices in the heart of Buenos Aires. Officers at one point used tear gas to try to control them.Shortly before noon Argentina President Alberto Fernández arrived and placed on the casket a shirt of Argentinos Juniors, Maradona's first club as a professional.In tears, Fernández also laid two handkerchiefs of the human rights organization Madres de Plaza de Mayo, who wore them for years to protest the disappearance of their children under the Argentina's military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983.Maradona, an outspoken leftist who had an image of Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara tattooed on one bicep, was a friend of the Madres and of other human rights organizations.The lines started forming outside the Casa Rosada only hours after Maradona’s death was confirmed and grew to several blocks. Among those present were the renowned barrabravas fans of Boca Juniors, one of his former clubs.The first fan to visit was Nahuel de Lima, 30, using crutches to move because of a disability.“He made Argentina be recognized all over the world, who speaks of Maradona also speaks of Argentina," de Lima told The Associated Press. “Diego is the people.... Today the shirts, the political flags don't matter. We came to say goodbye to a great that gave us a lot of joy.”Maradona’s soccer genius, personal struggles and plain-spoken personality resonated deeply with Argentines.He led an underdog team to glory in the 1986 World Cup, winning the title after scoring two astonishing goals in a semifinal match against England, thrilling a country that felt humiliated by its loss against the British in the recent Falklands war and that was still recovering from the brutal military dictatorship.Many deeply sympathized with the struggles of a man who rose from poverty to fame and wealth and fell into abuse of drug, drink and food. He remained idolized in the soccer-mad nation as the “Pibe de Oro” or “Golden Boy.”Lidia and Estela Villalba cried near the exit of the lobby. Both had a Boca Juniors shirt and an Argentinian flag on their shoulders.“We told him we love him, that he was the greatest," they said at the same time.Those waiting for enter the Casa Rosada were mostly wearing masks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they struggled to keep social distancing.Social worker Rosa Noemí Monje, 63, said she and others overseeing health protocols understood the emotion of the moment.“It is impossible to ask them to distance. We behave respectfully and offer them sanitizer and face masks,” she said. Monje also paid her last tribute to Maradona.“I told him: to victory always, Diego," Monje said as she wept.A huge mural of Maradona'a face was painted on the tiles that cover the Plaza de Mayo, near the Casa Rosada, which was decorated with a giant black ribbon at the entrance.Almudena Calatrava And Debora Rey, The Associated Press
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TORONTO — Canadian director Deepa Mehta says she initially secured "some great Tamil actors" for her new film "Funny Boy," but they were unable to participate "due to family issues and visa problems." The coming-of-age story is based on the award-winning Canadian novel by Shyam Selvadurai, about a young Tamil boy named Arjie who grows up gay in Sri Lanka during the deadly Tamil-Sinhalese conflict in the 1970s and '80s. Some people from the Tamil diaspora have taken to social media to call for a boycott of "Funny Boy," saying it doesn't have enough Tamil actors in leading roles, which they feel is further erasure of the oppressed Tamils. Mehta says the film team spent over a year casting for the story and, after facing the aforementioned issues, ended up with a "cast made up of 50 per cent Tamil actors, and almost all of them Sri Lankan." "What I am most happy about is that we found Brandon Ingram who is a Sri Lankan Burgher (who plays Arjie), who is openly gay and an extremely talented actor," Mehta told The Canadian Press, in response to the criticism, via email this week. "Given it’s a criminal offence to be queer in Sri Lanka, his participation was admirable. His performance is one of the best I've seen." The New Delhi-raised, Toronto-based Mehta co-wrote the "Funny Boy" screenplay with Selvadurai and shot it in Sri Lanka, where the author was born. The film is Canada's submission to the Academy Awards for best international feature film, a category in which Mehta competed at the 2007 Oscars with "Water." "Funny Boy" opens in theatres in Calgary and Edmonton on Friday, and will land on CBC TV and the CBC Gem streaming service on Dec. 4. Mehta said she first read the book that inspired the drama when it came out more than 25 years ago, but the story still resonates. "I feel it's really relevant to what's happening in the world right now: the populist governments, the divisiveness," she said in a recent phone interview. "What's happening in the United States of America right now is a case in point where you feel that it's a country divided, on the brink of something, I hope. It certainly feels like different ways of thinking. And that's not just in the United States. It's happening all over. "So I feel I'm a sort of a humanist, political filmmaker; it's taken me 20 years to find that out, but that's what attracts me." Other "Funny Boy" cast members include Nimmi Harasgama, Ali Kazmi, Agam Darshi, and Arush Nand. Mehta also shot her films "Water" and "Midnight's Children" in Sri Lanka, but said returning there this time with a Sri Lankan film felt different. "What I realized is that I didn't feel I was an Indian doing a Sri Lankan story," she said. "I felt I was a brown person who knew what it's like to be oppressed. "I think this film is a coming-of-age story and a love story ... It's also a story about the oppression of minorities, whether it's sexual or whether it's based on your culture or your race. And I certainly know what that feels like, coming from the subcontinent, being colonized." "Funny Boy" is also about what happens when people have to leave their homes — in this case, immigrating to Canada, Mehta added. "It's a very Canadian story, and it is about how we actually are trying for inclusion. I don't know if we're very successful, but at least we're trying and we do have a dialogue, and that's quite commendable as a country." Mehta said she wanted the first people who see the film and provide feedback to be Sri Lankans, both Sinhala and Tamil, so she arranged screenings in four different actors' houses in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. "I wanted them to own their own narrative and be the first people to see their own story, because they contributed to it." Mehta said she arranged similar screenings in New York and Toronto. She also included other communities that have faced "the cultural experience of having been oppressed," like "Indians who've been through the partition, Pakistanis who've been through the partition of India and Pakistan, people who have always been affected by war." "As a coloured person, I really felt it was important that we should own our gaze," she said. "It's not that the white gaze isn't important, of course it is, but it should not be the first one, because it comes with a lot of assumptions." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020. Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press