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Not fake news Program aims to enhance media literacy among younger Canadians

first_imgTORONTO – A classroom program aimed at teaching Canadian elementary and high school students how to detect fake news in an era in which almost anyone can publish information is under development, groups behind the initiative said Tuesday.Called NewsWise, the idea is to enhance general news literacy among students aged nine to 19, an increasingly important skill set when so many readily accessible news accounts are unreliable or simply fabricated.“Fake news accelerates distrust in our institutions, including distrust of the trained media who spend so much time trying to hold the powerful to account,” David Walmsley, editor of The Globe and Mail, said in a statement. “This initiative provides an arena to engage a younger audience and to ensure they’re equipped with the skills to identify reliable sources of information.”The fake news issue gained global prominence with the U.S. election that saw Donald Trump become president. Trump has been especially vocal in denouncing highly visible news outlets for purveying, in his view, false information.Social media have become a key means for spreading news, with the difference between real, mistaken and deliberately fake information often hard to discern. Canada has not been immune to the false news phenomenon.Mark Busser, who teaches courses on fake news and conspiracy theories at McMaster University, said there has been a lack of instruction on recognizing quality news sources, on differentiating satire from staight reporting, or separating investigative journalism from click bait. The literacy initiative should be beneficial, he said.“Students of this generation, who are smart and want good information, tend not to be able to identify the most well-reputed news outlets,” Busser said. “It’s becoming a more confusing landscape for all citizens who are trying to identify what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s worthwhile.”Two organizations, CIVIX and the Canadian Journalism Foundation, said they would work with academics and journalists to develop the curriculum for about 1.5 million Canadian students. CIVIX, a national charity focused on getting youth engaged in civics, stressed the importance of reliable news sources to a functional democracy.“Giving young Canadians an understanding of the role journalism plays in our society and the know-how to find and filter information is essential in nurturing an informed citizenry for the long term,” said Taylor Gunn, the group’s president.Social media such as Facebook and Twitter that allow easy and free access to news from a huge variety of sources have also contributed to the financial pressures facing traditional journalism outlets, who strive to present accurate information in an increasingly crowded news-scape.Google Canada, part of the worldwide information behemoth that has come under fire from some mainstream news organizations for making their product widely available at no cost to consumers, is providing $500,000 to fund NewsWise.John Fraser, head of the National NewsMedia Council, praised the literacy initiative.“Making sure young people understand the importance and value of responsible journalism is, almost by definition, a good thing,” said Fraser whose organization deals with public complaints about newsmedia articles. “It is also adroit of Google to affirm its commitment to credible information and the social responsibility of tech giants in these uncertain times.”The current plan is to roll out NewsWise ahead of the Ontario election, slated for early June, other pending provincial elections, and the federal election due in 2019.In an online blog post, Gunn and the foundation’s Natalie Turvey said the explosion of social-media platforms has changed how news is consumed and shared — but knowledge about how reliable news is generated can be woefully lacking.“We need to help Canadians better understand how quality journalism is produced and how to determine which sources of information are reliable,” Gunn and Turvey wrote. “News literacy skills are essential to this process.”last_img read more

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Carolina Panthers Set To Hit The Road As The

QB Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers teammates will be headed to Florida early next week to miss the Democratic National ConventionThe Carolina Panthers are hitting the road early next so as to avoid the chaos of the Democratic Convention coming to town.Final preparations are already underway at Bank of America Stadium, where President Obama will deliver his speech on Sept. 6 formally accepting his party nomination for re-election.Things figure to be more than a little chaotic, with generators being moved into place, wires strung everywhere and heavy volumes of security roaming every part of the facility.All this would be going on while the Panthers are trying to prepare for their season opener at Tampa Bay on Sept. 9.The obvious potential logistical nightmare is the reason the team has opted to head to Florida early, departing Tuesday to spend the next three days practicing at the IMG Academy in Bradenton before heading to Tampa for the game.“When we were talking about this in February, I don’t think we knew what it would be like if we stayed here,” general manager Marty Hurney told the Charlotte Observer. “From the football side, some of the things you worry the most about are the unknowns.“We felt like going [to Florida], we could go to someplace we know and we’d know the set-up, whereas we wouldn’t know what it would be like here.”Hurney, coach Ron Rivera, equipment manager Jackie Miles, trainer Ryan Vermillion and head of football operations Brandon Beane mapped out a plan to make the trip as similar to any other road game during the season.The IMG Academy offers plenty of practice space, as well as a spacious weight room to use. The Panthers will be based in a nearby hotel with ample meeting space to accommodate the various position meetings that normally take place for a home game.Team owner Jerry Richardson donated the use of Bank of America Stadium at no charge to the Democratic Convention and has said he would have done likewise for the Republican Party.Players sounded initially excited about the break from routine. read more

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Help On Way For TWolves Kevin Love Ricky Rubio

Perhaps no team has been harder hit by injuries than the Minnesota Timberwolves, who finally got some encouraging news with point guard Ricky Rubio’s and all-star big man Kevin Love’s return to practice.It’s still going to be a while before Rubio, who tore the ACL in his left knee last season, can join them in games. But just seeing him a little closer to a return is one of the first health positives this injury-plagued team has seen this season.Rubio has started to do some light 5-on-none work in practice for the Timberwolves, his first on-court work in the long, grueling rehabilitation process.Meanwhile, Love, who has yet to play this season because of a broken right hand, also joined in the instructional portions of practice on Sunday — a welcomed sight for a team that has played the last three games with just nine players.”Just having them five-on-(none) gives you a sense that when you get them back we’ll be pretty good,” coach Rick Adelman said after practice. ”We can’t wait for them. We have to go out there and play. But it gives us a sense.”Love is expected back at the start of December, while Rubio is hopeful to return to game action sometime in the middle of next month.Rubio was injured in a game against the Lakers on March 9. Losing him coincided with several other injuries to turn a promising season south in a hurry, and the bad luck has followed the Wolves into this season. Love broke his hand less than two weeks before opening night. Chase Budinger is out three to four months after having surgery on his left knee and Nikola Pekovic (sprained left ankle), J.J. Barea (sprained left foot) and Brandon Roy (sore right knee) have all suffered injuries.Roy will undergo arthoscopic surgery on his knee, which is an ominous sign for a player who retired two years ago because of knee injuries. read more

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Chinese Top Political Advisor Meets Bahamas Senate Head

first_img Beaches Resort does not owe TCI Gov’t; both sides want multi-million dollar dispute resolved Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) — Chinese top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng said here Friday that China is ready to further lift the level of cooperation with the Bahamas.Yu, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference(CPPCC), said in a meeting with Bahamas President of Senate Sharon Wilson that China-Bahamas relations are at the best level in history.Yu said since Chinese President Xi’s historic visit to the Caribbean last year, bilateral relations have made continuous progress. He said the two sides should implement the leaders’ consensus by deepening mutual trust, expanding practical cooperation, increasing people-to-people contact and cooperating closely on international affairs.Yu said the CPPCC is ready to step up cooperation with relevant organizations of the Bahamas to promote the growth of bilateral links.Wilson said the Bahamas is committed to long-term cooperation with China and is ready to make a positive effort to promote bilateral cooperation in all areas. Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos confirms indefinite closure in 2021 Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Related Items:bahamas, beijing, caribbean, china, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, sharon wilson, Yu Zhengsheng Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Hasenhuttl explains what changed at Southampton

first_imgThe Austrian manager has taken the helm of the English Premier League club as the club is fighting not to get relegated this season.Southampton FC is currently in 15th place of the English Premier League table.The club has 22 points, as they are hovering near the relegation zone.And after Mark Hughes was dismissed as coach in December, new Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuttl explains what he has done so far with the team.“The team has shown that they have more potential in them than people thought,” he told Sky Sports.“We didn’t have to immediately bring new players in.”“We tried to create potential and quality, and I think we did that. That doesn’t mean we are not looking, because we are looking, but we’ll only do a transfer if it helps us immediately and also for the future,” he explained.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“It’s a package. If you find a young player who has potential and quality then we’ll think about a transfer. The more important thing in this transfer period is to give players away, to have a committed group that is not too big.”“If it is too big, I cannot give every player the feeling that he is important for me. That is what I want to do,” he added.“If a new player comes in now, it will take time to get used to our philosophy, so I think the most successful way to work is in the summer [transfer window] where we have a full pre-season and can work six weeks with new players.”The Austrian has managed Southampton in the last ten matches.Of those games, the Saint has four victories, four defeats, and two draws.“If you want to be a part of a team I manage, it is important to put your ego to one side,” he added.“To work for the team and for the success of the team. That is more important than one ego.”last_img read more

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