Memorial for GI union leader

first_imgFrom left, Terry Klug and Andy Stapp leaving Klug’s court-martial at Fort Dix, 1969.A memorial meeting for Andy Stapp, who died in September, will be held on Nov. 1 in New York. As an active-duty GI at Fort Sill, Okla., Stapp first attracted the ire of the Army brass in 1967 when he was court-martialed for “refusing an order” — the order to surrender his anti-war literature to the military authorities.He was put out of the Army in 1968 — but not until after he had begun to organize a union of active-duty service members, men and women. The American Servicemen’s Union took a stance against the Vietnam war, racism, sexism, the lack of democracy in the military and the saluting and sir-ring of officers. The newspaper of the ASU eventually reached U.S. soldiers, sailors and air force personnel all over the globe.Former ASU members and anti-war activists will be joining in the celebration of Stapp’s life, as will his comrades at Workers World, students and fellow educators who knew him as a history teacher over the last three decades, as well as neighbors and ­relatives.The memorial will be held at SEIU 1199 United Healthcare Workers East, 310 West 43rd St. (near 8th Avenue), 7th floor, and will start at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. All are welcome.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

People’s ‘walk-in’ defends public education in Milwaukee

first_imgEducators, staff members, students and community members “walked-in” at 105 Milwaukee Public Schools on Sept. 18. This action was organized by the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association and Schools and Communities United, with support from dozens of labor-community organizations.Photo: mtea.weac.orgParticipants held rallies, informational picket lines and other events before the start of the school day and before they “walked-in” to their respective schools. Thousands across the city demanded an end to Wall Street attacks on public education.In a powerful solidarity action, similar groups organized simultaneous walk-ins at 14 public schools in LaCrosse, Wis., near the Minnesota state line.Over the past few years the right-wing-controlled Wisconsin Legislature has rammed through the greatest austerity cutbacks in the history of the state in public education — both K-12 and higher education. Milwaukee, the largest city in the state with a majority Black and Brown population, has for decades been the target of Wall Street forces. In particular, the banks, with the implementation of failing charter schools, have taken hundreds of millions of dollars from public education.In the latest 2015-17 state budget passed by these reactionary legislators and signed into law in July by their crony, Gov. Scott Walker, even more draconian Wall Street austerity is planned. This includes the possible mass expansion of charter schools in K-12 education, as well as the reduction of shared governance and elimination of tenure for the University of Wisconsin system by state statute.Stop the ‘Milwaukee Plan’A provision in this budget is widely known as the “Milwaukee plan,” which is modeled on previous plans in Detroit, Philadelphia and New Orleans. The privatizers’ goal is to take over so-called “failing” schools in the Milwaukee Public School system and hand them over to private corporations to operate.Current state law says that an “Opportunity Schools Partnership Program” commissioner is to be appointed by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, a Democrat and major venture capitalist and realtor. The commissioner would have parallel authority with the elected Milwaukee Public School Board and would be accountable only to the county executive.The 55 schools listed as potential targets have predominantly Black or Latino/a student populations and are in areas of the city devastated by decades of de-industrialization and lack of social safety net programs.All Milwaukee Public School workers employed at the “targeted” schools would be fired and forced to reapply for their jobs. They would have to waive their right to union representation in order to be considered for rehire.Wall Street forces aim to begin the process with three schools this fall and then five schools every year thereafter.Led by the MTEA, resisistance has been in motion for months to shut down the Milwaukee plan. The fightback is ongoing, with the Sept. 18 actions the high point thus far.This organization stated in a press release on Sept. 18: “The walk-ins were a step forward in building a network of school defense committees to protect and strengthen every public school in the city of Milwaukee. Parents, educators, community members and students will work together in the coming months to solidify their school defense committees and prepare for an all-city summit of school defense committees on December 5, 2015.”For information on the resistance, see #noMPStakeover, mtea.weac.org, and schoolsandcommunities.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Republicans, Democrats Battle to Claim Credit for Final Version of USMCA

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Republicans, Democrats Battle to Claim Credit for Final Version of USMCA By NAFB News Service – Dec 18, 2019 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Republicans, Democrats Battle to Claim Credit for Final Version of USMCA Previous articleFree Lunch For Last Day at Indiana Farm ExpoNext articleChina Appears Set to Buy U.S. Ethanol NAFB News Service While the U.S-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement is set for a vote in the House on Thursday, Republicans and Democrats both claimed credit for the final version of the pact on Wednesday.Agri-Pulse says Republican lawmakers piled their praise upon President Trump for demanding that the North American Free Trade Agreement be renegotiated. However, Democrats say the changes they demanded were what made the agreement work.During the early days of negotiations, Democrats said they wouldn’t support the agreement unless it discouraged U.S. companies from relocating to Mexico.“The Trump Administration’s initial agreement fell short, but House Democrats fought hard for greater accountability in the final draft,” says California Representative Linda Sanchez.Republican Kevin Brady of Texas says, “President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer delivered on their promise for a pro-growth and modern trade pact. We now have a trade deal that will deliver historic wins for our economy.”Democrats say the new measures in the USMCA will allow for unions nationwide in Mexico and will eventually push wages higher within that country.Republicans point out that it’s been over a year since the new agreement was signed, saying Democrats’ obsession with impeachment has kept a vital agreement from getting approved. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

RSF Index 2019: UK rises in ranking, but press freedom climate remains worrying

first_imgNews United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment April 18, 2019 RSF Index 2019: UK rises in ranking, but press freedom climate remains worrying Organisation News RSF_en UK NGOs concerned over press freedom implications of Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill RSF welcomed some positive steps in the UK in 2018, including the statement in March by then-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Matt Hancock that Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 – which contains a threatening cost-shifting provision – would not be implemented. The Magnitsky amendment adopted in May as part of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act could also serve as a powerful tool in holding press freedom predators to account.“Although there have been improvements in some areas, unfortunately part of the reason for the rise in the UK’s ranking is that the press freedom climate deteriorated so sharply in other countries. We should hold ourselves to a higher standard, and seek to be one of the best, not worst-performing countries in Western Europe. Too often steps taken in the name of national security trample press freedom, and too often legislation is adopted without adequate protection for journalists. Press freedom must be respected at the very core of domestic law, policies and practices, in line with the UK’s international human rights obligations”, said RSF UK Bureau Director Rebecca Vincent.RSF has called for a number of specific measures to improve the UK’s press freedom ranking, including formally repealing Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, ceasing efforts to force a backdoor into encryption tools, implementing the Magnitsky Amendment without further delay, and lifting the ongoing threat of legal action against journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey in Northern Ireland, who remain under police bail. RSF also calls for a more consistent approach to press freedom across all governmental bodies, including the Home Office, and for parliament to take a more proactive approach in ensuring that new draft legislation does not further erode press freedom.“We are encouraged by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s new media freedom campaign, as the UK plays an important standard-setting role internationally. We hope this commitment to championing these important issues abroad will in turn result in greater vigilance to our own press freedom climate, and lead to improvements in our areas of shortcoming here in the UK”, said Vincent.UK press contact: Rebecca Vincent on [email protected] or +44 (0)7583 137751 September 17, 2018 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Follow the news on United Kingdom Receive email alerts to go further New UK Counter-Terrorism legislation contains some journalistic protections, but threatens press freedom RSF welcomes European Court judgment finding the UK’s mass surveillance regime threatening to the protection of journalistic sources The UK has risen seven places in the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 2019 World Press Freedom Index, published today. Now ranked 33rd out of 180 countries, the UK has improved from its 2018 ranking of 40th, placing it between France and Slovenia in the 2019 Index. However, the UK remained one of the worst-performing countries in Western Europe, and a number of worrying trends continued, particularly in relation to national security, surveillance, and data protection. News January 30, 2019 Find out more February 5, 2019 Find out more News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Further calls to reinstate maternity services at Carndonagh

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are further calls on the HSE to reinstate maternity services at Carndonagh Community Hospital as a matter of urgency.Services have been relocated to Letterkenny University Hospital for some time now, with some patients having to travel significant distances from North Inishowen to avail of treatment.The issue is said to be causing on-going concern locally and it’s to be raised at the next regional health forum meeting by Cllr Albert Doherty.He says Carndonagh and other hospitals have a vital role in alleviating pressures in Letterkenny and it’s imperative that services are restored in full:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/albghggfhgfhgfertmaternity.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Facebook Previous articleMan dies in Sligo crashNext articlePlans alone will not deliver broadband to Donegal on time -Cope News Highland Further calls to reinstate maternity services at Carndonagh Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – November 20, 2019 Google+ Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

On the origin of Antarctic marine benthic community structure

first_imgEnvironmental conditions fostering marine communities around Antarctica differ fundamentally from those in the rest of the world’s oceans, particularly in terms of pronounced climatic fluctuations and extreme cold. Here, we argue that the rarity of pelagic larval stages in Antarctic marine benthic invertebrate species is a consequence of evolutionary temperature adaptation and that this has greatly contributed to the current structure of the Antarctic benthic community. In arguing this position, we challenge the likelihood of previously suggested survival strategies of benthic communities on the Antarctic continental shelf and slope during Cenozoic glacial periods. By integrating evidence from marine geology and geophysics, we suggest that the Antarctic continental shelf and slope were both unfavourable environments for benthic communities during glacial periods and that community survival was only possible in the deep sea or in shelters on the continental shelf as a result of the diachronism in maximum ice extent.last_img read more

US women’s soccer teammates adopt baby daughter

first_img Written by February 15, 2021 /Sports News – National US women’s soccer teammates adopt baby daughter Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBrad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty ImagesBY: KATIE KINDELAN, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Two high-profile stars of the U.S. women’s national team, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Ali Krieger, have adopted a daughter.The couple, who wed in 2019, shared the news on social media that their daughter, Sloane Phillips, was born on Feb. 12, weighing six pounds, 11 ounces.“THANK YOU to our wonderful family, our best of friends, agency, teammates and coaches who have supported us fully through this process and now we are SO PROUD to finally share her with the world!,” Harris and Krieger each wrote on their Instagram accounts to announce the new addition to their family.Harris and Krieger also each wrote a touching note to Sloane’s birth mom, whose name they did not identify.“We promise Sloane will be loved every single day by us, our friends and our family. We promise to give her the tools to live a happy, successful life of inclusivity and support,” they wrote. “We promise to share her adoption story with her from the very beginning and celebrate every milestone!”“We promise to encourage her to follow her dreams no matter how big or small,” they added. “We promise to be open minded and respect your wishes to have future communication and that she will always know how much you love her!”The couple did not reveal any further details of Sloane’s adoption. Krieger described it on Instagram as the “one of the most beautiful yet stressful processes” she has experienced with Harris.Harris and Krieger were both members of the U.S. women’s national team that won an historic fourth World Cup title in 2019.At the time the U.S. women won the World Cup, there was only one mother on the U.S. women’s national team, and just seven mothers in the National Women’s Soccer League.Harris and Krieger both now play for the Orlando Pride, the National Women’s Soccer League team in Orlando, Florida.The couple received tweets of congratulations on Sunday welcoming their daughter Sloane into the soccer community.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

USS Underwood Recovers Bales of Drugs from Caribbean Sea

first_img View post tag: Drugs Training & Education View post tag: Underwood View post tag: Bales View post tag: Recovers View post tag: USS View post tag: sea The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36), recovered 49 bales of narcotics from the Caribbean Sea during Operation Martillo, Aug. 3.Underwood pursued a “go-fast” speed boat late Tuesday evening, Aug. 2, but it dumped its load before Underwood was able to effect a boarding. A Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft flying overheard, reported the “go-fast” dumping packages over the side and informed Underwood, who marked the position of the debris field in order to locate the packages in daylight.Chief Warrant Officer 3 Miguel Aponte, a member of the bridge watch team, spotted the first bale in the water around 8:15 a.m. Underwood Sailors manned the boat deck and loaded a team, including two members of an onboard U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), into a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB). Over the next few hours, Sailors aboard Underwood used binoculars to search the surrounding area for more bales while the RHIB team recovered anything spotted in the water.“Right off the bat, we just start picking up bales that were floating in our area,” said a member of the LEDET. “After that, the ship vectored us in to different sections that they could see from a further distance and then also the helo [helicopter] vectored us in.”An SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Eight Detachment Three (HSL-48.3) launched to assist the search from the air.“Initially we took off, were given two initial points to go between, searching back and forth using a linear pattern,” said Lt. j.g. Lance Herdon, one of the SH-60B pilots that flew the mission. “We got vectored in by the ship after calculating set and drift. We went to that area and began spotting the packages. We called back the position back to the ship and they began directing the RHIB over in that area. We orbited the area and continued to find more packages.”In the end, Underwood recovered approximately 1,225 kilograms of narcotics.“Going wholesale price is $22,500 per kilo. So estimated with 49 bales and 25 kilos per bale, we estimate about $27.5 million” worth of narcotics recovered today, according to a Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) Special Agent familiar with the case.Operation Martillo (Spanish for ‘hammer’) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus.Led by Joint Interagency Task Force (JITF) South, a component of U.S Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. government’s coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House strategy to combat transnational organized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative. Fourteen countries are participating: Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain,United Kingdom and the United States.JIATF South is a multiservice, multiagency national task force which conducts counter-illicit trafficking operations and intelligence fusion to detect, monitor, and handoff suspected illicit trafficking targets to law enforcement activities; promotes security cooperation and coordinates country team and partner nation initiatives in order to defeat the flow of illicit traffic.Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012.Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 8, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Caribbean USS Underwood Recovers Bales of Drugs from Caribbean Sea Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Underwood Recovers Bales of Drugs from Caribbean Sea August 8, 2012 Share this articlelast_img read more

Mysterious fire in Primark

first_img(Based on an actual incident last week in the Westgate centre)   It appeared to be an ordinary afternoon in the Westgate centre: everything in Sports World had 70% off, the Next Clearance Sale once again did a roaring trade in bop costumes and the corridor was full of kids truanting.  But something was amiss.  Without warning, the lives of all those innocent shoppers were suddenly put in grave danger.  A white shirt on sale in Primark had caught fire.  Whilst those around him lost their heads, a brave security guard raced over to save the day, throwing the shirt to the ground and stamping out the ferocious blaze.  However, the question on everyone’s lips was, who did it? And why?  The more gullible among you may assume that this incident ha a simple scientific explanation.  We asked an expert chemist to give his thoughts:   “Well, as we all know, the shirts in Primark are made from excellent quality polyester. Polyester is a long chain synthetic fibre comprising of monomer units. This polymeric hydrocarbon chain is a fantastically efficient way of storing energy. All that would be needed to release this energy is the smallest of sparks, say, from a cigarette. If such a spark came in contact with the shirt, the polyester would become a fantastic source of heat and light. It would be in flames in seconds.”  Very reassuring. But was it possible that the shirts caught fire without the need for such a spark?  “Ah. Here you are talking about spontaneous combustion.  It is theoretically possible.     If the polyester were to gain enough energy from its surroundings it could reach the required activation energy for ignition and simply burst into flames.  But I would say that this is not very likely.  The thermal energy is much too low to meet the required activation barrier so there is an incredibly low probability of spontaneous combustion.  It was probably a careless cigarette.”  A whodunit by Jamie Wolstenhulme and Charlotte King Spontaneous Combustion? A careless cigarette? Or something more sinister……center_img However, Cherwell24 believes that something more sinister was afoot.  Smoking isn’t even allowed in the Westgate centre.  The idea that it was a careless cigarette is just what the crooks want you to think. So we have compiled a list of alternative explanations.  We leave it to you, dear reader, to decide the truth for yourself.  1. In the highly charged atmosphere surrounding the controversial invitations to the union debate this week, it is possible that the fire was in fact a pre-meditated political protest.  Early reports that a brown shirt might have been the real target of the conflagration cannot be confirmed or denied.  2. Another possibility is that an over-zealous fire safety officer might have been assessing the possible risks to public safety in Primark.  In his conscientious attempts to protect the public, he may have unwittingly endangered them.  We can only presume that, whilst the speed that the garment caught fire must have caused him some alarm, the quick thinking of the heroic security guard must surely have reassured him.  With such courageous men on hand we think that Primark is, on balance, a safe place to shop.  3. Of course, commercial sabotage cannot be ruled out either.  To the delight of students across Oxford, Primark stocks notoriously cheap goods, often undercutting its rivals.  By demonstrating the remarkable capacity of Primark’s shirts to ignite, perhaps another shop was attempting to make us think twice about the quality of its merchandise.  But who would attempt such underhand tactics? Surely not Sports World, purveyor of equally low-priced goods, but operating at a disadvantage being a good 10 yards further into the Westgate Centre.  4. Reliable sources have also alerted us to another possibility.  On your trips to the shopping Mecca that is the Westgate Centre, you may have noticed a suspicious character lurking around the entrance to Primark.  Barred from actually entering the premises, Curley waits near the entrance, beside the aforementioned shirts, strategically placed to monitor the activities of his shop-assistant girlfriend.  Perhaps, unaware of this observation, Curley’s girlfriend got a little to close to another retail assistant and Curley, in a fit of rage delved into his pocket for his walther PPK replica cigarette lighter.  Blinded by passion Curley may have attempted to sabotage this rendezvous by hurling his cigarette lighter at the oblivious couple.  Being something of a dud shot, this could easily have caught a shirt instead.  5. But are we all missing something here? Has our attention been unduly captivated by the mystery of the shirt? Perhaps the real cunning lies in the fact that the shirt was nothing more than a distraction.  As it merrily went up in flames, it took the attention of all nearby shoppers and has continued to be the focus of this investigation here. But maybe it was merely a decoy? After all, Thornton’s is directly opposite Primark.  Selling delicious yet extortionately priced chocolates, wouldn’t they be the more likely target of light-fingered dealings?  So, while we’ve been mulling over the different scenarios that may have caused the conflagration, perhaps the real crooks have been tucking in to their particularly fine selection of Thorntons Continental chocolates.  Or maybe…. it has been us doing both…..last_img read more

Election Day Voting Centers For Vanderburgh County

first_img Memorial Baptist ChurchMethodist Temple605 Canal St.2109 Lincoln Ave.4771347714 Election Day Voting CentersPreviously, a voter was required to vote at the polling place within the precinct they resided. Now, a voter can choose to vote at any Vote Center that is convenient for them.On Election Day, May 7, 2019, the polls open at 6:00 AM and close at 6:00 PM.If you need information about a voter’s registration, you can call the Voter’s Registration Office at (812) 435-5223.For other election questions, you can call the Election Office at (812) 435-5122.  Zion Church Educational Building 1800 S. Governor St.47713  Bethel United Church of Christ 3029 N. Green River Rd.47715  LOCATIONS  ADDRESSZIP  Plaza Park School  7301 Lincoln Ave47715  Washington Square Mall4801 Washington Ave.47715 FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare  Northeast Park Baptist Church 1215 N. Boeke Rd.47711  Fairlawn United Methodist Church2001 Parker Dr.47714 eGov Strategies  Southern Indiana Career &   Technical Center 1901 Lynch Rd.47711  St. James United Methodist ChurchSt. Lucas United Church of Christ St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 3111 Hillcrest Terrace33 W. Virginia St. 2227 W. Michigan St.477204771047712 Vanderburgh County, Indiana1 N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr. BoulevardEvansville, Indiana 47708-1833Phone: (812) 435-5000  Calvary Temple Assembly of GodCaze SchoolCedar Hall School 5050 N. First Ave.2013 S. Green River Rd2100 N Fulton Ave477104771447710  Academy for Innovative Studies (AIS)      (Formerly the Old North High School)2319 Stringtown Rd47711last_img read more