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The great train robbery: Swedish railroad strike against Veolia escalates

first_imgSEKO leads the strike against Veolia.Stockholm, Sweden — A train strike in southern Sweden has evolved into a major battle about worsening working conditions in the labor market here. In its drive to increase profits, the French union-busting company Veolia is meeting contract resistance from a unified union movement.Resistance is all the more intense because of the spread of temporary contract employment. The increase in part-time employment in recent years threatens to undermine the collective bargaining gains made after decades of struggle by Swedish trade unions.Veolia fired 250 full-time employees in hopes of forcing them to reapply for their jobs. In many cases what were full-time will become part-time positions. Workers will then have to be on standby for extra hours as needed. This puts the workers both in competition with each other and with expensive temporary staff from private employment agencies.SEKO, the Swedish Service and Communication Employees Union, called the train strike when contract negotiations failed to reach agreement. It has the backing of the entire LO, the Swedish union confederation.SEKO had offered to compromise if temporary contracts were transformed into permanent jobs after one year’s employment and if a limit was placed on the total number of hours per year to be filled by temporary replacements. Many workers have split-shift jobs, which also require them to be at the disposal of employers.Veolia´s response was to demand 13-hour passes and forced night shifts, to eliminate the existing contractual every second week off, and to force workers to take their vacations only in May and September!The union has announced that it will pull out hundreds more train personnel just before the upcoming midsummer holiday, which is comparable to Thanksgiving weekend traffic in the United States, including those in the commuter system in the Stockholm area. The Electricians Union was the first to announce sympathy measures, which are legal here. The Restaurant Workers Union will stop all catering services to lines operated by Veolia.The strike has received wide press coverage. Public support for the workers’ side is solid among the tens of thousands of commuters affected daily by the conflict. A Facebook group, “We commuters who support the SEKO strike,” carries new photos every day of groups as varied as local unions, teachers, hospital workers and tenant associations who endorse the strike. The union workers often pose in strike vests, which some have called the latest fashion statement from Sweden.Behind the outpouring of public support lies a general dissatisfaction with the privatization of much of the public sector in the last decade and the profits it has generated for risk capitalists and the new actors in the market it has created. Frightening examples in education and health care conditions have alarmed the Swedish population, who are prepared to pay taxes for quality services. Opinion polls show that from 80 percent to 90 percent of the people support a movement that demands no “profit” be made in the welfare sector, unless that profit is ploughed back into public services rather than exported to foreign tax havens.Since deregulation of the formerly nationalized train system, it is increasingly impossible to keep track of who owns the trains or operates all the different lines or bus routes and who is responsible for repairs or upkeep. The principle of awarding contracts based on the lowest price has caused total anarchy. This deregulated system is incapable of preventing stoppages, cancelled trains and delays.One well-known Swedish author, Mikael Nyberg, has written a book, “The Great Train Robbery,” which describes the deterioration of public transportation. The greedy tactics of Veolia are a symbol of what neoliberals are trying to achieve with their aggressive anti-union practices.Only increased struggle by progressive forces can force the unions to remain firm in their resistance. This is a struggle that is important not only for the railroad workers but for everyone fighting for full-time jobs they can live on.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

High Court denies journalists’ right to protect sources

first_img Follow the news on Singapore RSF_en Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage October 2, 2020 Find out more SingaporeAsia – Pacific Organisation April 10, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information to go further Receive email alertscenter_img RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review October 15, 2020 Find out more SingaporeAsia – Pacific News August 19, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 High Court denies journalists’ right to protect sources Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Reporters Without Borders today voiced its utmost concern about a High Court judge’s recent ruling that journalists do not have the right to protect their sources. Pointing out that the protection of sources was already constrained by very strict defamation legislation, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard described the ruling as an “aggravating factor” that could set a juridical precedent.”It is likely to encourage silence or at least mistrust on the part ofpersons who would otherwise talk to journalists”, Ménard said. “In a country in which the media are already strictly controlled by the State, this decision further weakens the possibility of discordant voices being heard.”In a ruling in July on a libel lawsuit by a manufacturing company against Singapore Press Holdings, a news media group, Judge Choo Han Teck said the courts could force journalists to reveal their sources in civil cases, thereby overthrowing the so-called “newspaper rule”, a British practice more than 100 years old exempting newspapers from disclosing their sources.”Only lawyers and their clients are exempted from such disclosure.Journalists, like members of respectable callings such as priests anddoctors, do not have this privilege,” the judge said, adding that it was for each court to decide when disclosure of sources was appropriate. News Newslast_img read more

News story: Cancer patients at increased risk of suicide

first_imgThe reasons are complex and not fully understood, but may include fear of pain or treatment side-effects.The study, in collaboration with University College London, looked at adults diagnosed with malignant cancer over a 20-year period from PHE’s National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS), compared with mortality data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It identified 2,491 cancer patients whose cause of death was recorded as suicide or an open verdict.Advances in care and treatment mean more people with cancer are surviving and living longer; however, this study suggests many are struggling with their diagnosis.This highlights the need for emotional support – including targeted psychological screening – to be integrated early into cancer care, alongside diagnosis and treatment. It is important for health professionals to consider the risk of suicide to help avoid potentially preventable deaths.Dr Jem Rashbass, Cancer Lead at Public Health England said: Andrew Kaye, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: mesothelioma pancreatic cancer oesophageal cancer lung cancer stomach cancer Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be devastating, which is why it’s so important for every patient and their carers to get the support they need. This study shows how critical the first 6 months are to quality of life and reducing the risk of suicide. Health professionals play a vital role in offering emotional support to cancer patients at this most difficult time. It is important that they recognise the signs of depression, especially when their patients may often have many other physical needs.”center_img Cancer patients in England are at increased risk of suicide compared to the general population, according to new figures from Public Health England (PHE).The first national study of its kind in England reveals cancer patients have a 20% increased risk of suicide, with the highest risk seen within the first 6 months of diagnosis.The findings of the study, presented at PHE’s Cancer Services, Data and Outcomes Conference, show cancers with poorer prognoses are associated with the highest risk, including: Being told you have cancer is like being plunged into the unknown and can be an incredibly difficult and frightening time. That’s why it’s so important that people are given the right support to find their best way through from the moment they’re diagnosed. Empowering people with cancer to have difficult conversations about how they are feeling and providing vital support are critical to avoiding potentially preventable deaths. Mental health should be taken just as seriously as physical health when looking at a patient’s holistic needs.last_img read more

5 easy ways to start your credit union’s digital transformation

first_img continue reading » Digital transformation. Omnichannel. Cloud. Blockchain. Artificial intelligence. Who knows the next buzzword that will strike the credit union industry? It feels like there is always a new hot topic. In fact, it’s hard to know what’s important—and what isn’t.With that in mind, many credit unions ask me:What are the easy ways to start our credit union’s digital transformation?I can think of five easy ways to start.How to Start Digital TransformationI spent many years running a cloud computing CUSO (credit union service organization). I was also a co-founder of CU Wallet. Finally, I published Credit Union 2.0, and the book has given me lots of insight about modernizing credit unions. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Grizzlies fire coach J.B. Bickerstaff, demote GM Chris Wallace

first_imgThe team promoted Zach Kleiman to executive vice president of basketball operations and gave him control of decision-making while installing Jaxon Wexler as team president. “In order to put our team on the path to sustainable success, it was necessary to change our approach to basketball operations,” owner Robert Pera said in a release. “I look forward to a reenergized front office and fresh approach to Memphis Grizzlies basketball under new leadership, while retaining the identity and values that have distinguished our team.” Related News Chris Wallace, about 5 hours ago, when asked about his status as Grizzlies GM and his relationship with Robert Pera:”I’m very comfortable here and comfortable working with him and really not worried about my situation at all.”— Mark Giannotto (@mgiannotto) April 11, 2019Apparently he should have been. Wallace, who spent 10 years as GM of the Celtics, joined the Grizzlies in 2007 and has had varying degrees of control over basketball operations since then. Bickerstaff, 40, took over in Memphis after David Fizdale was fired in November 2017 and went 48-97 as Memphis’ coach. The Grizzlies posted an 11-win improvement this season, to 33-49, but that obviously wasn’t enough for Pera. Hours after Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace told the media he expected J.B. Bickerstaff to return next season, the franchise fired its coach and demoted the GM. The Grizzlies announced Thursday afternoon that Bickerstaff had been fired and Wallace’s responsibilities had been “reallocated” to allow him to focus on player scouting.  Kings fire coach Dave Joerger after 39-win season Earlier in the day, Wallace had met with reporters in Memphis and expressed optimism about the future of the franchise, including Bickerstaff. “J.B. and his staff did a great job keeping everybody together and improving both individually and team-wise down the stretch,” he said, according to the Commercial Appeal. Wallace added that when it came to his own job, he was “not really worried about my situation at all.” last_img read more

Five English players selected for Walker Cup team

first_img21 Aug 2017 Five English players selected for Walker Cup team Five English players have been selected for the Great Britain and Ireland team to face the USA in the 46th Walker Cup match at Los Angeles Country Club on Saturday and Sunday 9-10 September, The R&A has announced.They are Amateur champion Harry Ellis (pictured), the Silver Medal winner at The Open and European amateur champion Alfie Plant, the Lytham Trophy champion Jack Singh Brar, the winner of the St Andrews Links Trophy Matthew Jordan and the 2016 Amateur champion Scott Gregory.They are in a team of ten-players and two reserves which also features two Scots, two Welshmen and one player from Ireland.GB&I will be aiming to defend the trophy after securing a 16½-9½ victory in the 2015 match at Royal Lytham & St Annes; their biggest winning margin since the match was first played in 1922.Craig Watson, who will be captaining the GB&I team for the first time in the match, said, “We have been very impressed with the performances of many of the GB&I players so far this season and it has been a difficult decision to select only ten players.“The Walker Cup match is one of the highlights of the golfing calendar and a tremendous opportunity for the players to shine on such a big stage. The Americans will be determined not to lose two matches in a row but we have selected a strong team and I’m sure the players will give it their all to try to retain the trophy.”The GB&I team:David Boote, 23, Walton Heath, WalesJack Davidson, 20, Llanwern, WalesHarry Ellis, 21, Meon Valley, EnglandScott Gregory, 22, Corhampton, EnglandMatthew Jordan, 21, Royal Liverpool, EnglandPaul McBride, 21, The Island, IrelandRobert MacIntyre, 21, Glencruitten, ScotlandAlfie Plant, 25, Sundridge Park, EnglandJack Singh Brar, 20, Remedy Oak, EnglandConnor Syme, 22, Drumoig, ScotlandReserves:1st Conor O’Rourke, 26, Naas, Ireland2nd Craig Howie, 22, Peebles, ScotlandCaptain:Craig Watson, 51, East Renfrewshire, ScotlandPlayer information:David BooteBoote played in last year’s GB&I St Andrews Trophy team and achieved top ten finishes at both the St Andrews Links Trophy and the Brabazon Trophy this season. The Stanford graduate lost out in a seven-man play-off at the US Open sectional qualifying event at Walton Heath and then in a play-off in Final Qualifying for The Open at Royal Cinque Ports.Jack DavidsonDavidson won the Welsh Amateur Championship and has notched up two wins on Spanish soil this season, capturing the Spanish Amateur Championship and the individual event at the European Nations Cup. He achieved third place finishes at the South American Amateur Championships in Buenos Aires and the Welsh Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship.Harry EllisEllis, who is studying at Florida State University, bounced back from four holes down with five to play to win The Amateur Championship at Royal St George’s. He was the youngest ever winner of the English Amateur Championship in 2012 at the age of 16 and has gone on to represent England at every level.Scott GregoryThe 2016 Amateur champion is the highest-ranked GB&I player in the World Amateur Golf RankingTM at fifth and played in both the Masters Tournament and the US Open. He represented England in the European Team Championship, winning two of his matches and halving the other.Matthew JordanJordan won this year’s St Andrews Links Trophy, was runner-up at the Scottish Stroke Play Championship, secured top five finishes at the Irish Open Amateur Championship and the Brabazon Trophy and finished sixth in the European Amateur Championship.Paul McBrideMcBride, who is studying at Wake Forest University, was joint runner-up in the individual standings in the European Team Championship and reached the quarter finals of The Amateur Championship. He played all four rounds in last month’s Porsche European Open on the European Tour, finishing on two-under-par.Robert MacIntyreThe left-handed MacIntyre was runner-up in the 2016 Amateur Championship and was part of the Scotland team which retained last year’s European Team Championship title. This season he finished tied fourth at the European Amateur Championship at Walton Heath and reached the round of 32 at the US Amateur Championship.Alfie PlantPlant won the European Amateur Championship to secure his place in The Open at Royal Birkdale where he went on to win the Silver Medal as the leading amateur. He also finished as joint runner-up in the individual standings at the European Team Championship.Jack Singh BrarSingh Brar won the Lytham Trophy and finished joint runner-up at the Brabazon Trophy. He also secured a top ten finish at the European Amateur Championship and represented England against Spain.Connor SymeThe 2016 Australian Amateur Champion was part of the winning Scotland team in the European Team Championship. This season he qualified to play in The Open at Royal Birkdale and reached the quarter final of the US Amateur Championship.For more information visit the Walker Cup website Tags: Alfie Plant, Harry Ellis, Matthew Jordan, Scott Gregory, Walker Cuplast_img read more

SPANISH QUEEN ‘HORSE OF MEET’ IN MEDIA POLL

first_img2015 SANTA ANITA SPRING MEDIA POLL Horse of the Meet: Spanish QueenOlder Horse: Hard AcesOlder Filly/Mare: BeholderGrass Horse: TalcoGrass Filly/Mare: Spanish Queen3-Year-Old Male: Kentuckian3-Year-Old Filly: Stellar WindSprinter: MasochisticClaimer: Persuasive PaulTrainer: Peter Miller, Doug O’NeillJockey: Rafael BejaranoApprentice: Brayan PenaRace: Gold CupOwner: Hronis RacingAchievement: Sadler Stakes Wins Miller, O’Neill Share Honors as Top Trainer; Bejarano Top Jockey center_img ARCADIA, CA, June 28, 2015–Spanish Queen, who captured the Grade I American Oaks at 1 ¼ miles on turf May 30 after winning the Grade II Honeymoon Stakes on May 2, was named Horse of the Meet in the annual Spring Meet Media Poll.A 3-year-old California-bred filly by Tribal Rule, Spanish Queen is trained by Richard Baltas for owners Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian and Hagop Nakkashian. Spanish Queen earned more money than any horse at the meet, $360,000.She also was named Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare.“We’re very proud of Spanish Queen and how quickly she developed,” Baltas said. “She showed ability from the start and we’re happy she put it on display at Santa Anita.”Next up for Spanish Queen is the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational at 1 ¼ miles on turf July 4.Hard Aces was named Outstanding Older horse thanks to his victory in the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old Hard Spun horse trained by John Sadler for Kosta and Peter Chronis won by a paper-thin nose over Hoppertunity in a thrilling contest at a mile and a quarter that was voted Race of the Meet.Rafael Bejarano, the runaway winner of the riding title, 47-35, over runner-up Tyler Baze, was named Outstanding Jockey, while Peter Miller and Doug O’Neill were named co-Outstanding Trainers after tying for the training title, 22-22, as O’Neill knotted Miller by winning the ninth and penultimate race of the meet with a 3-year-old filly named Mothernaturespell.It was the first training crown at The Great Race Place for the 48-year-old Miller, who trains out of San Luis Rey Downs. It was the fourth for the 47-year-old O’Neill.Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, who captured the Grade III Adoration Stakes on June 13 for her 10th win from 11 starts at Santa Anita, was named Outstanding Older Filly or Mare. Richard Mandella trains the Henny Hughes mare for owner B. Wayne Hughes.Talco, who rallied to win the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on turf by a half-length for the Hronis brothers and Sadler, was named Outstanding Grass Horse.Brayan Pena, 25, was named Outstanding Apprentice by virtue of winning nine races from 75 mounts.Kentuckian, a son of 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, was named Outstanding Three-Year-old thanks to his 6 ¼-length triumph in the Grade III Laz Barrera Stakes at seven furlongs May 10. Jerry Hollendorfer trains the gray colt for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms.Stellar Wind, who won the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks at the Winter Meet, prevailed by a nose over Tara’s Tango in the Grade II Summertime Oaks to be named Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly. The daughter of Curlin also is trained by Sadler for the Hronis brothers.     Masochistic, authoritative 3 ½-length winner of the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes, was voted Outstanding Sprinter. Trained by Ron Ellis for owners Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable, the 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Sought After won for the sixth time from eight career starts.Persuasive Paul, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Steve Knapp, won a $40,000 claiming race on a wet/fast track by 2 ¼ lengths May 15, then came back on June 19 to capture a Starter Handicap at one mile on turf by a length and a quarter to be named Claiming Horse of the Meet.The Hronis brothers were named Owners of the Meet thanks to three stakes wins in the last two weeks of the campaign, two of them Grade I’s, the Shoemaker Mile and the Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Stellar Wind captured the Grade II Summertime Oaks for the brothers, who led all owners in purse earnings with $869,946, more than $300,000 over runner-up Reddam Racing LLC.Sadler was honored with Achievement of the Meet for winning three graded stakes–two of them Grade I’s–over the meet’s last two weeks.last_img read more

China will not accept UN arbitration on SCS: Foreign Minister

first_imgBeijing, Feb 17 (PTI) Chinas non-acceptance of the “unilateral” arbitration filed by the Philippines with the UN on the South China Sea issue is merely observing the law, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said today, asserting that Beijing will “stick” to its stand.Wangs comments came after Australia called for a solution to the South China Sea (SCS) disputes through peaceful means, including arbitration. China in 2006 declared it would not accept arbitration of disputes concerning territorial sovereignty and maritime rights, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Wang told reporters after talks with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop here. “Chinese government will certainly stick to this position,” Wang was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency.He said that more than 30 countries, including Australia, have also made similar “exclusive” declarations.The Chinese Foreign Ministers comments came amid reports that China has deployed a battery of long-range surface-to-air missiles on one of the disputed islands in the South China Sea. During the press conference, Wang also gave a list of reasons why the Philippines arbitration attempt is “invalid and unacceptable, including unilateral moves without consulting China, which goes against international norms, as well as the common sense argument that arbitration applications are usually lodged only when all other means are depleted.” China and the Philippines have several agreements that disputes should be solved through dialogue and consultation. The Philippines has also signed the fourth article of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), which states that disputes should be solved by those countries directly related, through negotiation and consultation. The Philippines arbitration attempt “violated previous agreements and raised suspicion of its complicated international background or even hidden political motives,” Wang said.advertisementThe Asia Pacific region has witnessed tension after China flexed its military muscle in the resource-rich South China Sea. Over half of the worlds commercial shipping passes through the waterways in the South China Sea.China claims almost the whole of the South China Sea, resulting in overlapping claims with several other Asian nations like Vietnam and the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.They accuse China of illegally reclaiming land in contested areas to create artificial islands with facilities that could potentially be for military use.The US has criticised Beijing for building artificial islands in the disputed sea, and has flown a B-52 bomber and sailed a guided-missile destroyer near some of the constructions China has made in recent months. PTI AKJ AKJlast_img read more

a month ago​Man City midfielder Gundogan: We needed response after Norwich

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City midfielder Gundogan: We needed response after Norwichby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan believes his side had to show a response after their poor result at the weekend.City were humbled by Norwich City in the Premier League, losing 3-2 away from home.But they showed their quality in the first game of the Champions League group stages, with an impressive 3-0 away win against Shakhtar Donetsk.Speaking about the win, in which he scored, Gundogan said to the club’s official website: “We played quite well I think. The first goal away helps you but we never relaxed, kept the ball well and created a lot of chances. the result is great for us at a tough ground.”We had at least a couple of clear chances. But the third goal killed the game and we were able to play down the last 15 minutes.”It was necessary to respond and respond well (to the Norwich defeat) All of us, not just individually. They created good chances but we were solid at the back.” last_img read more

7 days agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini surprised by Everton struggles

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini surprised by Everton strugglesby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini admits he’s surprised by Everton’s early season struggles.The Blues currently find themselves in the relegation zone after eight matches of the campaign despite being handed what looked to be a relatively favourable early fixture list.Pellegrini said, “[Surprised by their position?] Maybe, yes. They have very good players and a team that is very strong every year.”I suppose I expected them to not be in that position in the table.”Because we won that game last season, it is in that moment we played in the way we wanted to. We want the same result again this time as well.”It is difficult to analyse their situation. Last season we beat them there when we were in a position that they are now.”Games are always different though, I am sure we will find an Everton with high pace and looking to get better results than their last games.” last_img read more