Major strikes are starting in France on April 3 to oppose the Macron government’s plans to impose austerity on the French working class, lay off 120,000 public sector workers and weaken the labor movement. But French workers are fighting back through political strikes, like the U.S. teachers’ strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky.Railroad workers have scheduled the first two days of the 36-day strike they plan to hold before the end of June. They intend to strike April 3-4 and then work for three days. Sanitation and sewage workers are going out on strike during the first week of April and are considering staying out until June. Air France workers are striking on April 3, 10 and 11, but haven’t decided how long they will hold these work stoppages. Some electricity workers have given notice that they intend to strike every day for the next three months.Workers in France have a constitutional right to strike as long as they give a few days notice. Concerned that a major portion of its transportation system is not going to operate, the government is warning these union members not to interfere with strikebreakers.SNCF, the government-owned company that runs the railroads, is promising a bonus to any manager with a train operator’s certificate who agrees to drive a train. SNCF management is also disputing the validity of the strike notice that the CGT, UNSA and CFDT unions, which represent railroad workers, have given.A coalition of 12 left-wing parties, ranging from the Greens to the Maoist Communist Party of French Workers (PCOF), has been formed to resist “the breakup of the SNCF,” a precursor to the government’s goal of breaking up the organized public service sector in France.The left in France is still a significant political force. In the most recent presidential election in 2017, members of the left coalition received between 25 percent and 30 percent of the votes cast.‘Together! Together! Yeah!’At a press conference held by SUD Rail and CGT Rail at the end of March, Danielle Simonnet, of the Party of the Left, said: “One chant sums it up: when everything is privatized, of all we’ll be deprived.” (L’Obs, March 30) SUD Rail, another major union of railroad workers, plans to strike until victory or the end of June.Clémentine Autain, representing France Unbowed, said at the same media event: “This is a trial of strength between the unions and the government. We must win it.” The press conference ended with a chant of “Together! Together! Yeah!” This slogan goes back to the victorious struggle of 1995 when the railroad workers beat back the government of Alain Juppé.French sanitation workers, who are mainly organized by the CGT in both the private and the public sector, have a nasty job. According to Baptiste Talbot, the leader of the Federation of Public Service, “Our life expectancy is 15 years less than that of a normal worker, and we are three times more likely to die before the age of 65.” (cgt Paris, March 24)That is why sanitation workers are demanding full retirement at age 50. They are beginning an unlimited strike April 3, but the union has already held job actions in several cities. That can be seen on French television, which shows garbage piling up in Paris and Marseilles, and reports on work stoppages in eastern and northern areas of the country.The union movement is not only mobilizing itself but also its allies. It has beaten back government attacks in the past and is confident it can win this struggle. Organized labor forces are determined to oppose France becoming a lean, mean, modern imperialist state on the backs of the workers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
By Ryan Martin – Jan 27, 2015 SHARE SHARE Mostly dry the rest of this work week in southern Brazil. Our first front works into Southeast Brazil from Saturday through Monday. We are looking for rain totals of half to 1.5” and coverage at 80%. A quick hit second front moves in for midweek next week, and models continue to show it coming more from Paraguay across Matto Grosso do Sul, and then on up through Parana. That front should produce half to 2” rains and coverage at 70%. Facebook Twitter Precipitation is not overly impressive yet for the state in the days ahead. We continue to watch for a front to sneak through Thursday, ushering in the colder air. Precipitation will be limited to a few hundredths of an inch, with some coming as wet snow. Coverage will be roughly 80% of the state. Models are handling the mositure over Brazil soy areas in the next week to 9 days in similar fashion to last week and to the solution yesterday. That is to say that we will see mostly scattered action. Over the next week or so, we expect an inch tops, and likely less than that combined, but temperatures will be mostly normal. The exteneded period continues to show multiple fronts with moderate to heavy rains, but we refuse to get too excited until we see those heavier rains work into the 7 day forecast window…and we are several days out from that even potentially happening yet. But…at this point in time, we contiue to look at weather in South America as mostly non-threatening. Headlines will continue to pop up from eastern and northeastern areas, but nothing more than we have heard to this point. A warm front pushing in from the west will allow us to squeeze out a few more days of temps that stay close to normal. However, our days of super warm air are behind us, and much colder air is coming behind. Temperatures tomorrow will work back into the 30s and low 40s over most of the state, and similar numbers will be in for Thursday. By Friday we work back to below normal levels, and next week will be well below normal. Colder air settles in over FSU wheat for the rest of the week. Strong high pressure continues to park over Tibet next week which will produce strong southern flow over the region during the period. That should prop temps up just a bit. However temps crash back down after the 10th. The switch from warmer air to colder air should bring 2 fronts in off of Eastern Europe toward the end of the period, and we look for those to trigger .25” to .75” liquid equivalent, mostly snow. Facebook Twitter SRW areas shift to a much colder pattern late this week and weekend, freezing temps will work all the way into the Deep South. Rains up to 1 inch will be realized over the next week to 10 days from the Mason Dixon line southward, while north of that line we see quarter to half inch rains. Two large storms will hit southern areas. Northern locations will shift over to all snow as clippers become the norm for next week and the week following. BEYOND INDIANA: Weather that Impacts CORN: Home News Feed Indiana Weather Forecast 1/27/2015 Previous articleThis Spring Tackle those Compacted SoilsNext articleMorning Outlook Ryan Martin An arctic high follows that front in, and will settle across Appalachia by Tuesday morning. The freezing line will be all the way into central AL and MS, meaning we will be well below normal here. Models are showing another storm coming from the gulf coast area up the east coast. While this storm right now is projected to miss us, if it holds together it will be another big headline maker for east coast population centers. Our next big system may wait until the 11th into the 12th. Farther west, we see a pooling of moisture and strong fronts just off the west coast, which may fuel the active run through the month of February. WHEAT Weather Indiana Weather Forecast 1/27/2015 No significant changes in South America weather at this time. Our next front hits tomorrow in Argentina and moves across most corn producing areas through early Saturday. We like rain totals up to 1 inch with coverage at 80%. Scattered showers linger from Monday through Wednesday of next week, with half inch totals and 50% coverage. We finish the week on a dry note, and then bring another half to 1 inch rain maker in for the 8th-10th. . Better moisture in the US Corn Belt on the latest model runs as the European model tries to bring this weekends moisture up out of TX and into the western/southwestern Corn Belt areas. Right now totals are still under half an inch for the most part, but the rains are a good 300-400 miles farther north than previous model runs. Cold air will be the other big story, as it finally takes over as we go through the weekend. Temps will be well below normal over the entire Corn Belt. Parts of the upper Midwest may struggle to hit 0 for highs through the first part of next week. The extended period shows cold air holding over the eastern half of the country, with the Corn Belt below normal through mid month. Precipitation may be limited to clipper systems initially with limited liquid equivalent, but heavier rains likely work out of the plains after the 10th. The big wild card continues to be the big storm complex developing in TX late in the week and moving east through the weekend. We have maintained since last week that we had a concern about this system moving farther north-northeast than models had been saying. Well, the recent European model has started gravitating toward that kind of solution. Moisture is not overly overwhelming yet, but for Sunday we can see some precipitation working in, and a large part of it looks to be snow (check out positioning of the freezing line). As this might be some warm frontal overrunning, we will have to keep concern about freezing rain instead of snow in the back of our minds, especially for areas in the central and southern parts of the state. We will be looking for subsequent models to take this moisture and expand the scope and coverage north and east. Records fell across the central plains yesterday for high temps, as 70s were recorded in multiple areas. Today will be even warmer. Then we jerk back closer to normal. However, the coming weeks may descend into an east vs. west story…with warmer than normal temps in the foot hills and into extreme western parts of HRW areas, while colder air blasts in over the eastern plains. In the middle, expect a lot of back and forth, not necessarily what wheat likes best. There should be decent moisture. Rains in TX will be an inch or more this weekend, and we expect rains up to half an inch to drift up through KS to near I-70. Nrth of I-70 action will be minor. Another strong system exits east TX mid to late next week. And then colder air will hold toward mid month over the entire HRW area. SOYBEAN Weather
News “Once again, the deterioration in conditions for independent and opposition journalists in Kazakhstan has reached a critical point. They have come to expect censorship, arrest and intimidation. However, the frequency and seriousness of attacks has been growing month by month.“Given the current tension in the country, we call on the authorities to return to the path of dialogue and conciliation, which necessarily involves freedom of information and firm action to put an end to the impunity of those who attack media workers, trade unionists and opposition supporters.” Baitailak was attacked around midnight on 7 August near his home in the suburbs of the Kazakh capital, Astana. Colleagues who have visited him in hospital have told Reporters Without Borders that four men approached him from behind and hit him violently on the head. As he was getting up, he was shot at close range, probably by an air pistol, then kicked.He tried to resist but lost consciousness and his attackers left him for dead at the edge of the road after covering his body with stones as a symbolic burial. They stole his suit, the documents he was carrying and his cell phone, as well as 50,000 tenge (approx. 270 euros) in cash. Baitailak was taken the next day to the trauma and orthopaedic centre in Astana where doctors said he had suffered a severe head injury, a deep chest wound, a split lip and several broken teeth. Further tests are being carried out to determine the extent of any internal injuries. He also suffered widespread bruising all over his body. His is unable to move around without help and will have to spend at least a month in hospital. Baitailak works for the National Archives and contributes regularly to Kazakh-language newspapers DAT and Tortinshi Bilik (Fourth Estate) and the magazine Altyn Tamyr, all of which are close to the opposition. His articles are often highly critical of the authorities, in particular by making historical comparisons to point out the authoritarianism of the present government. Kazakhstan is ranked 154th of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. From this year, it also included among countries “under surveillance” in the list of Internet Enemies published by the organization. RSF_en Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts (Picture: Zangar Karimkhan) News Help by sharing this information to go further January 15, 2021 Find out more February 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Kazakhstan Organisation August 10, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Second opposition journalist suffers attempt on his life October 30, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the attempt two days ago on the life of Kazakh journalist Ularbek Baitailak, an archivist and reporter for several opposition newspapers.“We have just awarded the Peter Mackler prize to Lukpan Akmedyarov, who was violently attacked less than four months ago, and now another opposition journalist has been the victim of a similar attack,” the press freedom organization said.“Despite the theft of his personal possessions, Ularbek Baitailak’s profile and the method used by his attackers indicate the reasons behind the attack were work-related and political. We urge the police and Astana public prosecutor to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation, focusing on the journalist’s work. Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal
News Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas RSF’s #WeeklyAddress on US press freedom: Week of June 19-25 RSF_en Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says While this #WeeklyAddress may appear quieter than those in the past, RSF is concerned that this is a result of the silence that has been coming from the White House briefing room recently…Of the White House’s four press briefings last week, only one was held on camera. The rest of the briefings were off-camera and banned live audio recording. This follows a trend away from press access in the Trump White House; while Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s briefings initially pulled in millions of viewers, in recent months press briefings have been less frequent, and with fewer questions addressed. In the past two weeks, only two briefings have been on-camera.When asked on Friday why the briefing was off-camera, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said: “It’s great for us to come out here and have a substantive discussion about policies. I don’t think that the be-all and end-all is whether it’s on television or not.”Though news organizations appear to be abiding by the White House’s new rules, many are doing so with reluctance. CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta expressed his concerns following June 19’s off-camera, no-audio briefing. “I don’t know why everybody is going along with this,” Acosta said. “It just doesn’t make any sense to me.It just feels like we’re sort of slowly but surely being dragged into a new normal in this country where the president of the United States is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions.”The Washington Post has been keeping a close eye on the Trump administration’s dwindling interactions with the press. In a June 13 article, The Post reported: “During Trump’s first 100 days in office, Spicer and Sanders held 53 official briefings and ‘gaggles,’ informal, untelevised Q&As with small groups of reporters — a rate of about once every two days. In the 43 days since then, just 15 such sessions have been held, or once every three days. The briefings are getting briefer, too: Early on, Spicer engaged with reporters for an hour or longer; during his May 30 briefing, he took questions for just 11 minutes.”Since early on in his term, President Donald Trump has been cold to the media, skipping the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and participating in few interviews. In a tweet on May 12, he wrote: “…Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???” White House Correspondents’ Association is not pleased with these recent changes, either. WHCA President Jeff Mason wrote that he met with Spicer and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to discuss these issues: “The WHCA’s position on this issue is clear: we believe strongly that Americans should be able to watch and listen to senior government officials face questions from an independent news media, in keeping with the principles of the First Amendment and the need for transparency at the highest levels of government.” Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation June 27, 2017 #WeeklyAddress June 19-25: Will the White House become silent? News Follow the news on United States April 28, 2021 Find out more News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more
News News Help by sharing this information Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit RSF_en Follow the news on Turkey April 2, 2021 Find out more July 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Left-wing daily fears raid at behest of military prosecutor Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Receive email alerts to go further TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls on a military prosecutor not to carry out a threat to raid the left-wing national daily Taraf in order to recover a leaked document that was the basis for a 25 June report claiming that Turkey’s intelligence services knew in advance of an attack by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on an army unit near the Iraqi border on 21 October 2007.The attack, carried out in Daglica, in Hakkari province, resulted in 13 soldiers being killed and eight others being kidnapped.Army high command prosecutor Zekeriya Duran wrote to Taraf’s publisher on 3 July asking for the return of “this document and the others” by 7 July, failing which he would be obliged to “have recourse to the security forces” in order to recover them. The newspaper’s staff has been fearing a raid ever since the deadline passed.“We condemn the methods being used by the military prosecutor with Taraf,” Reporters Without Borders said. “A serious threat is being made against the newspaper in an attempt to force it to reveal its sources. We urge prosecutor Duran not to carry out his threat and not to conduct a search of the newspaper.”In his letter to the newspaper, Duran said he also wanted to establish how documents belonging to general staff intelligence had come into the possession of “non-competent” persons.Taraf publisher Ahmet Altan said in a 4 July editorial that “this request smells like a threat.” Claiming he was ready to give the published document to anyone who requests it, he added that the “general staff should be more explicit about the document it is referring to.”The newspaper’s staff suspect that, although against the law, a raid will be ordered by a civilian prosecutor acting at Duran’s behest.In his letter, Duran cited article 326 of the criminal code about “documents concerning state security” and article 339 on “possession of documents relative to state security” as the grounds for his request. He also said it was a crime to obtain and reveal documents of vital importance to national security. News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more
National Science Foundation(NEW YORK) — After an international group of scientists revealed the first ever photos of a black hole on Wednesday, the Internet quickly turned its attention to the 29-year-old computer scientist who played a key role.Katherine “Katie” Bouman, a postdoctoral fellow with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), created the algorithm that stitched together the data from the a global network of satellites that produce the historic image.The EHT project used radio dishes scattered around the world to create a large Earth-sized telescope. Bouman’s specialty is using “emerging computational methods to push the boundaries of interdisciplinary imaging,” according to the bio on her website.That’s pretty much what she did in creating the algorithm behind the black hole close-up.Bouman’s contribution eventually got the attention of freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who tweeted, “Take your rightful seat in history, Dr. Bouman! Congratulations and thank you for your enormous contribution to the advancements of science and mankind.” Take your rightful seat in history, Dr. Bouman! Congratulations and thank you for your enormous contribution to the advancements of science and mankind.Here’s to #WomenInSTEM! https://t.co/3cs9QYrz9C— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 10, 2019Black holes are areas so massive they warp space and time so much that even light cannot escape. As such they aren’t visible directly, but are surrounded by dust and gas swirling around it at velocities near the speed of light, which causes the detectable emission of radiation. The boundary of a black hole is called an event horizon.“Bouman prepared a large database of synthetic astronomical images and the measurements they would yield at different telescopes, given random fluctuations in atmospheric noise, thermal noise from the telescopes themselves, and other types of noise. Her algorithm was frequently better than its predecessors at reconstructing the original image from the measurements and tended to handle noise better,” according to a press release from 2016 from MIT, where she developed the algorithm.“Radio wavelengths come with a lot of advantages,” Bouman said in the press release. “Just like how radio frequencies will go through walls, they pierce through galactic dust. We would never be able to see into the center of our galaxy in visible wavelengths because there’s too much stuff in between.”The attention on Bouman may give a skewed impression of the number of women involved in the EHT project.Feryal Ozel, an astrophysicist at the University of Arizona who was the modeling and analysis lead on the project, told ABC News the gender breakdown was “pretty dismal,” noting that there were about three senior women, including herself, out of about 200 total scientists on the project.“I’ve been a lot of projects where it’s better. We are trying to change that,” she said. “We are trying to bring in graduate students and postdocs and a younger generation that is excited to work on this. Hopefully that’s changing the face of the collaboration a little bit. But we still have work to do.”Bouman did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for an interview. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Back to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Meteoro Carries Out Training With Tanzanian Navy Training & Education November 21, 2013 ESPS Meteoro Carries Out Training With Tanzanian Navy Earlier this week during a port-call at Dar es Salaam the Spanish Ocean Patrol Vessel ESPS ‘Meteoro’, as part of the EU Naval Froce (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta has carried out a series of trainings with personnel from the Tanzanian Navy as part of the Local Maritime Capacity Building (LMCB).The participants were briefed by the ship’s Commanding Officer, Lt.-Cdr Juan Carlos Pérez on the Spanish Navy’s (and other European navies) contribution to the EU’s counter piracy operation Atalanta as well as in general aspects and security regulations of the planned exercises.The practical exercise for the Tanzanian Navy personnel a (simulated) board, search and seizure operation.This collaboration drills enhance the mutual understanding between EUNAVFOR and regional naval forces. Combined trainings contribute to operate in a coordinated way and encourage maritime security in the area.Once the exercise was over, the ‘Meteoro’ received the visit of the Spanish Ambassador in Tanzania, Luis Manuel Cuesta, who was welcomed by the ship’s commander. After greeting the officers and non-commissioned officers he was shown around the offshore patrol boat and briefed on her capabilities and the activities carried out to date.[mappress]Press Release, November 21, 2013; Image: EU NAVFOR Share this article
Brasenose is to change its lesbian and gay JCR representation in the week following accusations of ripping down posters advertising queer issues around college.The JCR voted to make the position of LGBT rep an official subset of Welfare on Sunday, but decided that the role will still remain a non-Committee position.The representative will be a part of the welfare team but not eligible to attend Committee meetings.This has triggered a wider debate as to the level of LGBT provisions in different colleges and suspected homophobia in Oxford.The motion was passed at a General Meeting last Sunday, but with several amendments to the original proposal.In the run up to the Brasenose JCR meeting, posters put up by Fflorens Gamberton, Brasenose’s current LGBT rep, appeared to have been torn down.But Pip Reeve, one of the college’s Welfare reps, said that she did not think the poster-tampering was indicative of homophobia.“I do not believe that there was any discrimination against LGBT members prior to the motion in Brasenose,” she said. “For this reason I do not believe that the poster tampering was in anyway deliberate.”The new LGBT rep will be selected by the Welfare reps and current LGBT reps in Michaelmas Term when other JCR positions are decided.But the role will still not be a committee position, and the rep will not have access to the JCR mailing list.Fflorens Gamberton, the current LGBT rep, proposed the motion and noted her gratitude for the JCR passing the motion.But she also said, “It is one small step for Brasenose, not a giant leap for general Oxonian LGBT Representation.“In a perfect world, there would be no minority representation of any kind, because the institutionalized inequality which exists throughout our society would no longer affect the lives of students here.”She added, “I personally know people at three or four different colleges who have spent their entire undergraduate time in the closet because of the perceived backlash they would face if they came out.”Gamberton pointed to the “‘laddish’ sports culture” where homophobia can erupt.Grace Weaver, LGBT rep at Corpus Christi agreed with this. “The most pressing of these [unresolved issues] is the homophobic “banter” that occurs frequently, especially in sports clubs”.LGBT representation varies from college to college, but most JCRs have a non-Exec LGBT representative.Jesus and Somerville are among a small number of colleges who instead have a JCR Diversities Rep to represent a range of minority students in the JCR, including LGBT, international students and disabled students.But Weaver argued the case for a single LGBT rep. “You know that an LGBT rep is going to have had some experience dealing with specifically LGBT issues,” she said. “It is much easier for a person to be helpful in this area if they have gone through similar experiences themselves.”Ahnaf Abdul, the Equal Opportunities and LGBT Rep at Merton disagreed, and said that one general Equalities rep could work, as long as there is “at least one openly LGBT peer supporter in each college.”Abdul added, “I feel Oxford is fairly tolerant, though not necessarily friendly to or educated about queer issues.”
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High street sandwich chain Subway has opened its 10th store in an East of England Co-op shop.The new Subway store in Norwich has created 11 new jobs and will offer customers a wide range of subs and flatbreads.Since opening its first ‘non-traditional’ (off-high street) store in the region, Subway said it has created more than 90 jobs for local residents, with further development planned for next year.Brendan Smith, head of retail operations for the East of England Co-op, said the new store marked a milestone for the Subway brand.“It has enabled us to create more jobs for local people,” he said. “Partnering with the Subway brand has enhanced our offering to customers and we look forward to exploring further opportunities in the New Year.”Liam Dalgarno, regional development agent for Subway, worked with the East of England Co-op on the opening.He said: “We are very excited to be opening another store in the partnership, which also marks the 750th non-traditional Subway store in the UK and Ireland.”This month, Subway appointed Peter Dowding as the country director for the UK and Ireland.