SAG-AFTRA Foundation Releases “Better Days” Video

Trinity Valley, B.C., residents say poor road conditions a hazard

Many drivers have annual complaints about potholes, but residents of Trinity Valley in B.C.’s Southern Interior say the pits and ruts in their main road have gotten so bad it’s a safety issue.

They are calling for upgrades, but so far, they say, their complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

Turkey cracks down as cybercrime rises amid pandemic

Country is among many to have seen an enormous increase in the number of phishing sites, designed to steal users’ financial information.

Coronavirus restrictions mean people are living more of their lives online – whether banking, shopping or using government services.

And scammers are ready to exploit that.

In Turkey, the police cybercrime unit has seen an enormous increase in the number of phishing sites, designed to steal users’ financial information.

Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu reports from Istanbul.

Uber Offers to Buy Delivery Service Postmates, NYT Reports

Uber Technologies Inc. has made an offer to purchase food delivery service Postmates Inc., the New York Times reported. The proposed tie-up would be the latest attempt by Uber to double-down on food delivery after the pandemic decimated its ride-hailing business, and comes less than a month after a failed acquisition attempt for Grubhub.

Representatives for Uber and Postmates declined to comment.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Uber has cut more than 25% of its staff and moved to focus on its core businesses of ride-hailing and food delivery. Uber Eats has been a bright spot for the company as more customers have ordered in, facing widespread restaurant closures.

Uber’s proposed acquisition of Grubhub fell through earlier this month when European rival Just Eat Takeaway.com NV bought it instead. Uber’s bid for Grubhub, one of the larger players in the U.S. food delivery market, was likely to have raised antitrust concerns, according to industry analysts.

The Times did not report on the size of Uber’s proposed deal for Postmates. The newspaper cited unnamed people familiar with the matter for its report.

US Navy veteran released by Iran arrives in Switzerland

Release of Michael White comes a day after an Iranian scientist arrived back in Tehran after being freed from US prison.

A US Navy veteran has arrived in Switzerland after being released by Iran.

Michael White had been detained since 2018.

President Donald Trump thanked Tehran for his release.

It comes a day after an Iranian scientist arrived back in Tehran after being freed from a prison in the United States.

Al Jazeera’s Victoria Gatenby reports.

Efforts heat up to change some of Quebec’s racially offensive location names

Warning: This story contains words and phrases that may offend some readers. 

A West Island woman is putting pressure on the Quebec government to change all place names in the province that have a racially offensive word.

Venezuelan migrants stranded after border with Colombia closed

With the spread of the coronavirus worsening across Latin America, thousands of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, Ecuador and elsewhere are trying to return home.

With the spread of the coronavirus worsening across Latin America, thousands of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, Ecuador and elsewhere are trying to return home.

But Venezuela is limiting the number of people crossing its border with Colombia, leaving migrants stranded.

Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from a newly built tent city on the outskirts of Bogota.

Hong Hong activist Joshua Wong quits democracy group Demosisto

HONG KONG (REUTERS) – Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong said on Tuesday (June 30) he is stepping down as leader of his democracy group Demosisto, just hours after local media reported that Beijing had passed national security legislation for the Chinese-ruled city.

Wong has said he will be a “prime target” of Beijing’s national security law, which critics fear will crush freedoms in the former British colony.

People buying up fireworks to fill gap of cancelled Canada Day celebrations in Saskatoon, Regina

Many celebrations have had to adjust to the new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest cancellation: Canada Day.

Saskatoon family waiting for access to cystic fibrosis treatments

A Saskatoon family waits on a potential deal that would bring access to new cystic fibrosis (CF) treatment drugs in Canada.

SAG-AFTRA Foundation Releases “Better Days” Video

Two weeks ago, SAG-AFTRA Foundation president Courtney B. Vance issued a “Better Days” challenge to the performing community. Vance asked performers to tell him “something positive you’re striving for – looking forward to.” The video response, he said in his latest fireside chat, was “very, very motivating.” They speak of global change, blessings out of the chaos, the hope for justice, and transformative thoughts and actions.

See the “Better Days” video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpA4wG0dLso&feature=youtu.be

Vance said that he hopes the three-minute video “inspires and encourages us all to strive for truth; act in solidarity and commit to real and lasting change. Only together can we move from this strange period into a new era of continued strength, optimal health, personal discovery, unlimited compassion and unified success.”

Vance said that his weekly fireside chats will now be bi-weekly in July, and that the Foundation has now distributed nearly $5.3 million in pandemic assistance to SAG-AFTRA members in financial need.