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Disney executive defends Mulan filming in China despite government’s human rights abuses

Disney’s president of film production, Sean Bailey, addressed the recent controversy over the studio’s live-action Mulan remake in a letter to a British politician this week. In the letter, which member of parliament Iain Duncan Smith posted online Thursday, Bailey defended the choice to film portions of Mulan in an area of China that has been the site of extensive human rights abuses.



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After Mulan debuted on Disney+ last month, controversy arose when viewers noticed the end credits included “special thanks” to several government entities in Xinjiang, a region in northwest China. The region has been the site of what experts have called a “cultural genocide,” with the Chinese government detaining and torturing Uighur Muslims in mass “re-education” camps.

Some of the entities thanked in Mulan‘s credits have been directly linked to this campaign, including the Turpan Bureau of Public Security, which was sanctioned by the U.S. Commerce Department last year. The news raised questions from U.S. lawmakers and other observers about the degree to which Disney cooperated with the Chinese government. Duncan Smith, a prominent politician of the British Conservative Party and co-chair of the U.K.’s Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, sent a letter to Bailey inquiring about the film.

In his reply, dated Oct. 7, Bailey noted that the footage filmed in China, which consisted entirely of landscape shots, “comprises 78 seconds” of the 115-minute film, and was shot “over a brief four-day period — compared to 143 days of filming in New Zealand.”

“Although Mulan was filmed almost entirely in New Zealand, in order to accurately depict the unique geography and landscape of China for this period drama, the producers chose to film some scenery in 20 locations throughout the country, including the Kumtag Desert in Xinjiang Province, home to an important passageway along the historic Silk Road,” Bailey wrote. “The decision to film in each of these locations was made by the film’s producers in the interest of authenticity, and was in no way dictated or influenced by state or local Chinese officials.”



a group of people in costumes: In a letter, a Disney executive defended the decision to film portions of 'Mulan' in China despite the government's reported human rights violations.


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In a letter, a Disney executive defended the decision to film portions of ‘Mulan’ in China despite the government’s reported human rights violations.

He added that the studio was required to cooperate with the government in order to film in China, writing, “There are regulations that must be followed by all foreign film production companies wanting to operate in China. These companies are not allowed to operate independently and must partner with a Chinese production company which is responsible for securing all film permits.” The thanks in the credits were simply standard industry practice, he continued, saying the production company provided a list of entities to thank for granting permission

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Defense and Intelligence Executive Melvin Cordova Joined Tachyum Government Corp.

Tachyum Inc. today announced that it has added Melvin Cordova, a veteran and proven executive in the defense and intelligence technology industry, to the advisory board of its newly created Tachyum Government Corporation. Mr. Cordova carries the appropriate security clearances and will serve as the official contact for federal customers looking to leverage Tachyum’s Prodigy Universal Processor for their demanding HPC, artificial intelligence and machine learning workloads.

With more than 30 years of experience leading military and intelligence innovation, managing critical programs, and building consensus within the defense and intelligence industries, Cordova specializes in providing operational advisory services to technology companies doing business with the Department of Defense and intelligence community organizations. His focus is on identifying emerging threats and managing the velocity and complexity of technology innovation for high-stakes environments to counter those threats.

Cordova served 22 years on active duty in the United States Navy, in the fields of electricity, electronics, and interior communications. Among his professional experience, he served eight-years as a GG-15 at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), in roles that include; Secretariat for the Innovation Advisory Board, Office of the Deputy Director; Senior Program Manager for the Technology Action Group, Office of the Chief of Staff, DIA, addressing the most difficult problems of IT, Analysis, MASINT, and HUMINT. Cordova led DoD’s investments in In-Q-Tel’s (CIA’s Venture Capital arm) portfolio companies, managed DIA participation in military exercises and led the transition of several important technologies to fully qualified operational use. These efforts earned him recognition from the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) for his collaboration and leadership. Cordova also served 3-1/2 years in the Defense HUMINT Management Office, Technology Tradecraft Office, as senior program manager, deputy chief and acting chief. He also served as Chief of the DIA Contracting Office in Baghdad, Iraq, providing oversight for all Iraq Survey Group contracts.

Tachyum has seen a dramatic rise in interest from government agencies – notably US and NATO government entities – in the company’s disruptive products. Prodigy’s ultra-low-power, ultra-high-performance enables and vastly improves next-generation defense systems such as unmanned aircraft and underwater systems, cybersecurity, communications, analytics, and more.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Richard Zahner is a career electronic intelligence specialist who headed signals intelligence at the National Security Agency (NSA) and ended his career as Army deputy chief of staff for intelligence. He said “(Prodigy’s) unique attributes set the conditions to create a computing architecture fully aligned with the operational and strategic imperatives of our national strategy. The new microchip could help restore America’s technological edge. This sort of re-levels the playing field potentially in our favor.”

Cordova’s involvement with Tachyum significantly helps the company fulfill its need for seasoned executives with active clearances, who have experience navigating military and intelligence programs and organizations. Tachyum is currently performing evaluation testing and benchmarking for national labs. Additionally, multiple government entities have expressed interest in purchasing reference boards within the next year to evaluate and qualify Prodigy for government customers. Mr. Cordova will be Tachyum’s primary

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Amanda Yancey named Executive Director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Georgia – South Carolina Region

ATLANTA, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Amanda Yancey has been named the executive director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Georgia – South Carolina Region, as of September 1, 2020. Yancey takes the position from Piper Medcalf, who was promoted to a national position within the organization.

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Yancey joined LLS in 2011 with LLS’s Team In Training campaign. Since then, she has held leadership positions in Advancement and in the fundraising campaigns Man & Woman of the Year and Students of the Year. Most recently, she was a senior director, responsible for overseeing three large campaigns in Atlanta with a combined revenue goal of over $4,000,000. During her tenure as senior director, Yancey had exceptional success growing corporate and volunteer leadership and experienced exponential revenue growth in all areas. In particular, she grew the Atlanta Man & Woman of the Year campaign from $1,100,000 to $2,400,000 and recruited and managed two national title winners, including the 2020 National LLS Man of the Year All-Star, who raised over $420,000.

In addition to LLS, Yancey worked as the development director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where she was responsible for their endurance programs and special events. Yancey graduated from Georgia College & State University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology.

“I am thrilled for this opportunity to continue my career with LLS and honored that I was chosen to lead the strong team already in place in the Georgia – South Carolina Region. Together, we will move the LLS mission forward getting us closer to a world without cancer,” said Yancey.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is a global leader in the fight against cancer. The LLS mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., ET.

The GeorgiaSouth Carolina (GA-SC) Region of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, headquartered in Atlanta, helps those diagnosed with blood cancers with financial and emotional support through a variety of programs. including the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program, the Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance Program, and the Urgent Need Program, which last year provided over $400,000 to patients region-wide. Currently, the GA-SC Region is funding $3.7 million towards research grants in multi-year agreements with Emory Winship Cancer Institute. Each year in the GA-SC Region, over 8,500 people are diagnosed with a blood cancer, and over 2,500 patients do not survive their disease.

Contact: Carey Stadler
Carey.Stadler@lls.org 404-720-7884

 

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Amanda Yancey named Executive Director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Georgia – South Carolina Region | News

ATLANTA, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Amanda Yancey has been named the executive director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Georgia – South Carolina Region, as of September 1, 2020. Yancey takes the position from Piper Medcalf, who was promoted to a national position within the organization.

Yancey joined LLS in 2011 with LLS’s Team In Training campaign. Since then, she has held leadership positions in Advancement and in the fundraising campaigns Man & Woman of the Year and Students of the Year. Most recently, she was a senior director, responsible for overseeing three large campaigns in Atlanta with a combined revenue goal of over $4,000,000. During her tenure as senior director, Yancey had exceptional success growing corporate and volunteer leadership and experienced exponential revenue growth in all areas. In particular, she grew the Atlanta Man & Woman of the Year campaign from $1,100,000 to $2,400,000 and recruited and managed two national title winners, including the 2020 National LLS Man of the Year All-Star, who raised over $420,000.

In addition to LLS, Yancey worked as the development director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where she was responsible for their endurance programs and special events. Yancey graduated from Georgia College & State University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology.

“I am thrilled for this opportunity to continue my career with LLS and honored that I was chosen to lead the strong team already in place in the Georgia – South Carolina Region. Together, we will move the LLS mission forward getting us closer to a world without cancer,” said Yancey.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is a global leader in the fight against cancer. The LLS mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., ET.

The GeorgiaSouth Carolina (GA-SC) Region of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, headquartered in Atlanta, helps those diagnosed with blood cancers with financial and emotional support through a variety of programs. including the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program, the Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance Program, and the Urgent Need Program, which last year provided over $400,000 to patients region-wide. Currently, the GA-SC Region is funding $3.7 million towards research grants in multi-year agreements with Emory Winship Cancer Institute. Each year in the GA-SC Region, over 8,500 people are diagnosed with a blood cancer, and over 2,500 patients do not survive their disease.

Contact: Carey Stadler
Carey.Stadler@lls.org 404-720-7884

 

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