NC House Bill Deadline, Invictus Games, BAFTA TV, Twitter + More

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North Carolina’s House Bill 2 aka LGBT discrimination law. It seems the state’s governor, Pat McCrory, is showing no signs of backing down as today’s U.S. Justice Department deadline looms though McCrory made a request for more time to respond to the Justice Department, it was denied. If non compliant, the state’s 17-campus UNC system risks losing funding to the tune of more than $1.4 billion. Another $800 million in federally backed loans for students who attend the public universities also would be at risk if it’s found that enforcing the law violates Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which bars discrimination based on sex. The letter to McCrory said the law violates Title VII, which bars employment discrimination.  Read more


• Prince Harry and First lady Michelle Obama were on hand for the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Orlando, hosted by Morgan Freeman with former President George W Bush serving as honorary chairman. The Invictus Games, founded by Prince Harry and featuring 500 athletes from 14 different countries, is a paralympic comptetion where wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports. Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest vehicle manufacturer has partnered with Invictus games and plans to employ 1,000 former Armed Forces personnel by 2020 along with a new program to train and recruit up to 180 veterans in North America.

• Twitter has blocked U.S. intelligence agencies from accessing Dataminr, its partner site widely used to sift through the entire output of its social-media postings. This could further escalate the public privacy vs. government security tensions between high tech firms and the federal government as investigators seek access to social media data in an effort to detect and avert suspected terrorist plots.

• Sadiq Khan was declared the new Mayor of London, and was sworn in over the weekend. The Labour party’s candidate is one of eight children born to Pakistani immigrants a bus driver and a seamstress in south London-going on to study law and make partner at a young age and he also is making history as London’s first Muslim mayor. Khan who beat opponent Zac Smith described himself “I’m a Londoner, I’m a European, I’m British, I’m English, I’m of Islamic faith, of Asian origin, of Pakistani heritage, a dad, a husband.”


• The BAFTA-TV Awards hosted by Graham Norton, took place yesterday at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Idris Elba attended and apparently back on with Naiyana Garth, his rumoured ex and mom to his son; Mark Rylance won two awards; Suranne Jones won for her role in BBC’s Doctor FosterTransparent,the Amazon show created by Chicago born Jill Soloway won for best International show. Attendees included Josh Hartnett, Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick to name a few.


• IACC, the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, has lost another member since Alibaba joined in April. Kering owned Gucci has quit, following Michael Kors who quit last month calling Alibaba a “dangerous and damaging adversary.” Several Kering Group brands including Gucci and Balenciaga, are suing Alibaba in a New York federal court.

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