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On the picket line

On the picket line

first_imgD.C. transit union refuses to work on Nazi-only trainsAfter neo-Nazis decided to commemorate last year’s Unite the Right march in Charlottesville, Va., with an Aug. 12 march this year in Washington, D.C., it was leaked that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority would coddle the Nazis with private cars. But Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 immediately fought back. Local President Jackie Jeter said in a statement, “More than 80% of Local 689’s membership are people of color, the very people that the Ku Klux Klan and other white nationalist groups have killed, harassed and violated. The union will not play a role in their special accommodation.” (Washington Post, Aug. 3) The statement went viral, and WAMATA responded Aug. 4 that it was canceling the special train.But that’s not what happened Aug. 12 between approximately 1:20 and 1:40 p.m. Metro’s management, in conjunction with the police, opened the north entrance of the Vienna station to transport the Unite the Right fascists. The union immediately called out WAMATA for lying to riders and the public: “DC, now you see who was telling the truth about the racist marchers being escorted onto Metro and who lied,” ATU Local 689 tweeted. “[Metro General Manager Paul] Wiedefeld lied to riders and public when the truth was more convenient.” (The Hill, Aug. 12)Workers World expresses solidarity with ATU Local 689 in denouncing this treachery and cheers the local’s resistance.JetBlue pilots sign first contractJetBlue Airways Corp.’s 3,037 pilots approved the first labor contract in the carrier’s history by 74 percent of those voting, announced the Air Line Pilots Association on July 27. The agreement, which took more than three years of negotiations, “provides significant pay increases, improvements to retirement and enhanced working conditions,” said ALPA President Tim Canoll. This is JetBlue’s first labor agreement since its founding in 1998.Meanwhile, the company’s flight attendants voted this spring to join the Transport Workers Union, after two previous attempts failed. “This … is yet another example of the tide turning in America as workers continue to lock arms and fight back to defend their livelihoods,” said TWU President John Samuelsen in an April 17 statement. The inflight members’ bargaining team met June 28 to discuss upcoming contract negotiations, which include job security, a grievance procedure, improved wages and benefits, and “a seat at the table in case of possible merger or acquisition.” (TWU.org, June 28)Window washers protest low pay and benefits, July 18.Chicago window washers win historic raiseAbout 260 Chicago window washers — who struck for over a month after their contract expired June 30 — won a historic 27 percent wage hike! This raises the pay that a seasoned window washer earns from $21 an hour to $26 over the life of the new five-year contract. An essential demand for these high-risk workers was also met: their life insurance was doubled from $50,000 to $100,000. (Chicago Sun Times, July 27) The union overwhelmingly ratified the contract. Washer Cruz Guzman cheered, “We put our livelihood on the line and won the biggest wage increase for Chicago window washers in Local 1 history.”The bosses at Corporate Cleaning and Service 1, two of the six companies that employ the washers in the city’s downtown buildings, tried to beat the mainly Latinx workers down. The companies threatened that they’d go bankrupt, though they enjoy massive tax breaks. But the workers, represented by Service Employees International Local 1, fought back. They dressed up like superheroes and stopped traffic to bring attention to their low wages. (WW, July 10)Disneyland theme park workers win $15 an hour by 2019The 9,700 workers at Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney, represented by four labor unions in the Master Services Council, ratified a new contract on July 26. (For background, see Workers World article, May 28.) Disneyland Resort officials agreed to a minimum wage rate increase of 40 percent within two years of the agreement. This will put cast members at $15 per hour by 2019, which will be one of the highest minimum wages in the country and three years ahead of the state’s minimum wage standard.A full-time cast member who currently earns $11 an hour would earn an additional $8,000 per year. Minimum rates for hourly cast members will increase by 20 percent immediately from the current minimum rate of $11 to a new minimum rate of $13.25. Even though Disneyland Resort portrays this precedent-setting agreement as recognizing the value of its cast members, it took a well-organized union fightback campaign of many months to end poverty wages. (DisneylandNews.com, July 29)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Prison court sentences blogger to 20 years, poet to two years

Prison court sentences blogger to 20 years, poet to two years

first_imgNews May 31, 2021 Find out more News Organisation MyanmarAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled by the combined sentence of 20 years and six months in prison that a special court in Insein prison passed today on a young blogger, Nay Phone Latt. A poet, Saw Wai, was sentenced to two years in prison for a poem containing a coded criticism of Gen. Than She, the head of the military junta.”The authorities have imposed an extraordinarily severe punishment on Nay Phone Latt just for using the Internet,” the two organisations said. “This shocking sentence is meant to terrify those who go online in an attempt to elude the dictatorship’s ubiquitous control of news and information, and we call for his immediate release. Saw Wai, for his part, is being made to pay for his impertinence and courage as a committed poet.”The two organisations added: “There is an urgent need now for bloggers all over the world to demonstrate their solidarity with Nay Phone Latt by posing his photo on their blogs and by writing to Burmese embassies worldwide to request his release. Similarly, we call on poets to defend their fellow-poet, Saw Wai, who has been jailed just because of one poem.”The total sentence of 20 years and six months imposed on Nay Phone Latt by judge Daw Soe consisted of two years for violating article 505 (b) of the Criminal Code (which punishes defamation of the state), three years and six months for violating article 32 (b) of the Video Act and 15 years for violating article 33 (a) of the Electronic Act.Nay Phone Latt’s mother, who was not allowed to attend the trial inside the prison, said: “I was expecting him to get 10 or 12 years in prison at the most. I never imagined he would get this much. The authorities have been excessively cruel with him.” The blogger’s lawyer was himself jailed for criticising the special court’s procedures.It was the same judge who imposed the two-year sentence on Saw Wai, a romantic poet who was arrested by the military on 22 January, the day after a Valentine’s Day poem by him was published in the popular weekly Achit Journal (Love Journal). Read vertically, the first words of each line formed the phrase: APower crazy Senior General Than Shwe. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar The owner of two Rangoon Internet cafés, Nay Phone Latt, aged 28, was arrested in Rangoon on 29 January in possession of a video that is banned by the military government. He also kept a blog (http://www.nayphonelatt.net/) in which he wrote about the difficulty that young Burmese like himself have had in expressing themselves since the September 2007 protests. He was arrested with several National League for Democracy activists, who were released a few hours later. He was charged on 7 July.The Insein prison authorities have not allowed him to visited by a doctor for the eye problems he suffers from. to go further Follow the news on Myanmar MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 26, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled by the combined sentence of 20 years and six months in prison that a special court in Insein prison passed today on a young blogger, Nay Phone Latt. “The authorities have imposed an extraordinarily severe punishment on Nay Phone Latt just for using the Internet,” the two organisations said. “This shocking sentence is meant to terrify those who go online in an attempt to elude the dictatorship’s ubiquitous control of news and information, and we call for his immediate release.” RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Receive email alerts News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Help by sharing this information November 10, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prison court sentences blogger to 20 years, poet to two years News May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Two European photographers freed, detained Syrian blogger on hunger strike

Two European photographers freed, detained Syrian blogger on hunger strike

first_img July 30, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two European photographers freed, detained Syrian blogger on hunger strike News Receive email alerts Organisation Related documents Two European photographers freed, detained Syrian blogger on hunger strike – In arabicPDF – 321.23 KB February 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syria News to go further March 8, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News March 12, 2021 Find out more Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Read in Arabic / بالعربيةReporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that two foreign freelance photographers were freed on 27 July after being captured and held by foreign jihadi militants for a week in northern Syria.“We reiterate our condemnation of any violence targeting journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “You have to admire the courage of journalists who are in Syria trying to provide coverage of the fighting between the Assad forces and rebels. It is hell for local journalists and it is getting more and more difficult for foreign journalists, who should take extreme care when they are inside the country and prepare their visits well in advance.”The two photographers, Jeroens Oerlemans of the Netherlands and John Cantlie of the UK, were captured on 19 July and were held in a foreign jihadi camp “where there were no Syrians.” Their abductors suspected them of being CIA agents and were thinking of holding them for ransom.At one point the two journalists tried to escape and were shot and injured, Oerlemans in the groin and Cantlie in the arm. Oerlemans said: “The shots came thick and fast, the hunt was on (…) ten minutes later, we were lying in our own blood.” They were finally released when the rebel Free Syrian Army intervened and escorted them back to the Turkish border.Reporters Without Borders points out that it can arrange insurance for journalists who visit war zones where they could be threatened, detained or kidnapped, and it has a hotline they can all in any kind of emergency (+ 33 1 4777-7414).Meanwhile, Reporters Without Borders is concerned for the health of the detained blogger Hussein Ghreir and calls for his release. Ghreir, who began a hunger strike on 10 July in protest against his continuing detention, has high blood pressure and heart problems.He was arrested along with 15 other activists during a 16 February raid on the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM). Four other SCM activists – Hani Zetani, Mansour Al-Omari, Abdel Rahman Hamada and Mazen Darwish – are also still held.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the immediate and unconditional release of all professional and citizen journalists detained in Syria. last_img read more

184 patients were without beds at LUH during November

184 patients were without beds at LUH during November

first_img Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week A total of 184 patients found themselves without beds at Letterkenny University Hospital last month, a sharp increase on November last year, when the figure was 47.According to the INMO, between January and November, the total figure was 2,708, up slightly on last years 11 month total of 2,696. Facebook Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers By admin – December 3, 2015 Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Google+center_img Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Previous articleI’m A Celebrity 2015: Lady C’s final day in the jungle included arguments with Duncan Bannatyne and Tony HadleyNext articleDerry chamber highlights Invest NI’s focus on Belfast and its suburbs admin Pinterest Twitter PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 184 patients were without beds at LUH during November WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Gale force winds forecast for Northwest again today

Gale force winds forecast for Northwest again today

first_img WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire News Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleScottish woman arrested in Peru to plead guiltyNext articleWinning weekend lotto ticket sold in Carrick News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal A weather alert for 100kmh gusts of wind is to remain in place today in the northwest.Met Eireann issued a ‘Status Yellow’ alert yesterday and Malin Head taking the brunt of the gusts with winds reaching speeds of 95kmh.West to northwest gales also buffeted the Atlantic and Irish Sea.And forecaster with Met Eireann, Pat Clarke, says we can expect to see similar Autumunal conditions today:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/patc1pm.mp3[/podcast] Twitter By News Highland – September 16, 2013 Pinterestcenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gale force winds forecast for Northwest again todaylast_img read more

Allahabad HC Issues Instructions For Functioning Of District Courts During Lockdown

Allahabad HC Issues Instructions For Functioning Of District Courts During Lockdown

first_imgNews UpdatesAllahabad HC Issues Instructions For Functioning Of District Courts During Lockdown LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 May 2020 8:49 AMShare This – xThe Allahabad High Court has issued the modalities for functioning of District Courts in the state during the lockdown period from May 22, and thereafter. All the District Judges in the state have been instructed to act in consultation with the District Administration to determine the threat level and the status in respect of Zone of the District, on a daily basis. Further, they have…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Allahabad High Court has issued the modalities for functioning of District Courts in the state during the lockdown period from May 22, and thereafter. All the District Judges in the state have been instructed to act in consultation with the District Administration to determine the threat level and the status in respect of Zone of the District, on a daily basis. Further, they have been asked to set up dedicated helpline numbers for assisting the Advocates/ Litigants. The court has also prescribed that the dress code during the court proceedings for Male Counsels will be “White Shirt and light coloured trouser along with band” and for Lady Counsels will be “sober attire along with band”. As per the communication addressed to all the Subordinate courts: Complete sanitization of the entire court campus shall be ensured before re-opening of the court, and everyday thereafter. Wherever such sanitization work in the Court is not carried out, such Courts should not be opened for the Judicial Work;Thermal scanning check-up of all the persons entering in the court premises shall also be ensured;A dedicated helpline for assisting the advocates/Litigants mentioning the Landline/ Mobile Numbers shall be published on the District Court website and the same be strengthened. The Services of Para Legal Volunteers be taken by the District Legal Services Authority for manning such facility;Judicial Officers are exempted from wearing Coat & Gown. The High Court has instructed that all the District Judges shall submit a daily consolidated report of the Zone status, number of the cases/ applications decided, feedback etc. on the prescribed weblink to the Joint Registrar of the High Court. Further, detailed instructions for the courts situated in Green, Orange and Red Zones have been issued. The same may be accessed in the communication attached below. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Audio update – Mc Garvey elected in Milford

Audio update – Mc Garvey elected in Milford

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Audio update – Mc Garvey elected in Milford By News Highland – May 26, 2019 Google+ Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Twitter Google+center_img Twitter Ian Mc Garvey has been returned to Donegal County Council after a very tense final count, eventually coming in 110 votes ahead of Fine Gael candidate Eimear Friel.Ian Mc Garvey spoke to Greg Hughes…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/ianelect-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Previous articleRogers reflects on 2019 campaignNext articleAudio update – Mc Brearty and Doherty elected in Lifford Stranorlar News Highland Homepage BannerNewsx Elections 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Diffusion and location of hydrochloric acid in ice: Implications for polar stratospheric clouds and ozone depletion

Diffusion and location of hydrochloric acid in ice: Implications for polar stratospheric clouds and ozone depletion

first_imgWe have carried out experiments to study the incorporation and movement of HCl within the structure of ice. These involved freezing HCl solutions, and observing them in a scanning electron microscope fitted with an X‐ray microanalysis system. We are able to show that HCl is not easily incorporated into ice crystals, but is strongly partitioned towards the grain boundaries. Furthermore, the diffusion of HCl through ice crystals is slow. These results contradict the interpretation of earlier experiments. They mean that if HCl is to be available for reaction on polar stratospheric cloud particles, as required by current theories of Antarctic ozone depletion, then it must be present in some form other than a solid solution.last_img

Goodlord and Vouch join up to create new proptech force in lettings

Goodlord and Vouch join up to create new proptech force in lettings

first_imgHome » News » Goodlord and Vouch join up to create new proptech force in lettings previous nextProptechGoodlord and Vouch join up to create new proptech force in lettingsProptech firm Goodlord acquires successful referencing start-up Vouch to create a compelling proposition in rental back-office software.Richard Reed13th July 202001,449 Views Leading proptech company Goodlord has acquired referencing platform Vouch, bringing the fast-growing Vouch business into the Goodlord group.The move will bring together two of the sector’s most dynamic players and create a market-leading technology business.Founded in 2017, Vouch offers a fixed-cost referencing solution – saving agents time without the need for outsourcing, as well as providing access to commission-based revenue streams. Vouch has won plaudits for its platform and grown a strong customer base across the country.Goodlord’s own award-winning software allows agents to manage the whole pre-tenancy process in one place, including contract generation, digital payments, referencing, insurance and distribution of legal documents.Digital solutionsBoth businesses are growing at a rate of more than 100% annually, with the pandemic driving increased demand across the lettings market for digitally-powered solutions that generate efficiency savings, open up new revenue streams and ensure regulatory compliance.Together, the group will be handling over 500,000 references per year on behalf of over 2,000 letting agencies.The Vouch and Goodlord platforms will retain their separate brand identities and customers will see service carry on as normal. The two businesses will, however, work closely to develop a wider choice of services and provide interoperability between the two platforms.Vouch customers will have the opportunity to access Goodlord products, including plans to offer access to Goodlord’s popular insurance products.Suite of servicesTogether, the two companies will offer agents a tiered suite of services – from one-off referencing needs to end-to-end software automation at enterprise level. This will ensure each letting agent can access the right combination of software, suited to their individual requirements.The new group will also build improved auxiliary services for tenants including enhanced utilities, broadband and media switching.Clockwise from bottom Tom Mundy (COO, Goodlord), Donovan Frew (CTO, Goodlord), Dan Hawkins (Head of Technology, Vouch), Simon Tillyer (MD, Vouch), Jaime Tillyer (Director of Operations, Vouch), William Reeve (CEO, Goodlord)Goodlord CEO William Reeve will be CEO of the combined group while Vouch co-founders, husband-and-wife team Simon and Jaime Tillyer, will continue to run the Vouch platform from their Sheffield HQ, alongside their team of 15 employees. They retain their roles of managing director and director of operations, respectively.Fellow co-founders Kevin and Lynsey Gaskell will move on to focus on the separate family agency business, Shefflets. Vouch’s Head of Technology,  Dan Hawkins, will continue in his role.‘Incredibly complementary’Goodlord CEO William Reeve said: “We’ve been working hard to give customers a wider range of services and this merger will fast forward that process by at least 12 months. Our businesses and approach to growth are incredibly complementary.“Jaime and Simon have built an impressive business in a very short space of time and I’m looking forward to working with them and their team on the next step of our journey.”Simon Tillyer, MD of Vouch, added: “We have always looked to work with the best people in the market and this tie-up will allow us to offer customers a fantastic end-to-end solution alongside our award-winning referencing platform.“Joining the Goodlord group is a fantastic fit both culturally and commercially and we are very excited about the future.” Proptech takeover letting software goodlord tenant referencing Vouch July 13, 2020Richard ReedWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Wolfson accused of suppressing free speech

Wolfson accused of suppressing free speech

first_imgWolfson College has been accused of a “disgraceful” suppression of free speech after cancelling a talk from a prominent anti-Zionist at the last minute.Dr Taj Hargey, the chairman of MECO (Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford), had organised a talk from Rabbi Ahron Cohen. The title of the talk was “Zionism is not Judaism-Anti-Israelism is not Anti-Semitism”.According to Dr Hargey the talk was organised months ago, but was only cancelled by officials at Wolfson College on Wednesday evening, less than 24 hours before the event was scheduled to take place.The talk was quickly reorganised however, eventually taking place at St. Edwards School on Woodstock Road. Rabbi Cohen is a member of the Neturei Kart, an ultra-Hasidic sect of Judaism which is deeply opposed to Zionism. Dr Hargey points that he is not necessarily anti-Zionist, but believes in the power of free speech. “This man with views that are contrary to the conventional popular view should be given a hearing.”“This is a disgraceful episode in the history of Oxford University, when we allow a group of people to say ‘no, you can’t come’.”Hargey claimed the talk was cancelled on “the pretext that MECO hadn’t given advanced identity of the speaker”.However, MECO have a long history of holding talks at Wolfson, and have had a number of prominent speakers at the college over the past 5 years. MECO claims to have followed exactly the same protocol that they have used in the past. A spokesman for Wolfson College defended the decision, saying that “the booking was not made transparently.”“Wolfson supports free speech, and is happy to host speakers of all opinions. However, where a speaker is likely to be controversial or provocative, or has the potential to cause offence to college members, it is the college’s policy to discuss among the Governing Body whether and how to hold the event, including whether opposing voices should be included in the event.”He added, “As this speaker was booked under the identity of a college member who knew nothing about the booking and the real identity of the speaker became apparent only yesterday, there was no opportunity to hold these discussions.”Israeli Cultural Society President James Fox said he didn’t feel that Wolfson’s actions had violated freedom of speech. “It seems that calling it a suppression of free speech might be a convenient excuse for MECO’s lack of compliance with Wolfson College’s own procedures. “The talk went ahead at St Edwards School on Thursday evening. The location of the talk, which was attended by more than 60 people, was kept secret until a few hours before the debate.Dr Hargey has recently won a 3 year libel court case after being branded a heretic. He wants to bring reforms to the Muslim society, and often encourages females and males to pray together. He also brought a female imam to Oxford to lead prayers on one occasion.He commented that the cancellation of the talk was the day that “free speech lost and censorship won.”last_img read more