France: Workers battling labor law occupy refineries

first_imgSome 220,000 workers hit the streets May 17, with thousands more on picket lines, blockading fuel depots and occupying refineries in the ongoing battle against the new anti-labor law. The French government used a rarely invoked feature of the French constitution to force the reactionary law through the National Assembly on May 10 without a vote.Over 400,000 workers came out on May 19 to protest the law. These are the sixth and seventh national demonstrations against the regressive labor law in the past two months.The demand of the workers is simple: They want the new labor law completely withdrawn.Six refineries out of eight are occupied, and most fuel depots in the north and west of France are blockaded. Major ports like Nantes-Saint Nazaire and Rouen on strike, with other ports shut down. Truck drivers, who have particular grievances over working conditions, are still out.Even though the workers’ struggles have caused disruptions and aggravations for the population, 70 percent of the people in France still oppose the law, according to the General Confederation of Labor (CGT).The refinery occupations and fuel depot blockades, along with blockades truckers had erected on the roads, have led to major shortages in fuel supplies for cars and trucks. This involves not just gasoline but also diesel fuel, which is used much more in France for both cars and trucks than in the U.S. According to figures as of May 22 from the Ministry of Transportation, 1,612 gas stations out of 12,000 in France are totally or partially dry.Most of the dry gas stations are in the north and west of the country.When Prime Minister Manuel Valls was asked what his government was going to do about fuel running short, he mentioned the 90-day supply the French government keeps in emergency stockpiles. When Alain Vidalies, the secretary of state for transports, was asked about the same problem on May 22 on the main evening news program on French TV2, 20 Heures (Eight O’Clock), he said that before touching the emergency fuel, the government would use “the forces of public order” to clear the blockades, but would stay away from the refineries.Protests throughout FranceThe May 19 protests took place throughout France. In Nantes, the representative of the national government for the area invoked the state of emergency, which has been extended to November, to ban the demonstration scheduled for May 19. Still thousands of people showed up and “played cat-and-mouse with the cops for a few hours, risking six months in jail and a 7,500-Euro fine.” Sixty-six people were arrested. (Agence France Presse, May 20)In Paris, 10 people described as “militants” were prohibited from protesting, but they went to court, and most of them were allowed to join the protest.The seven unions that have been active in fighting this law — the CGT, Workers Force, Unitary Union Federation, Solidarity, National Union of French Students, National High School Union and the Independent and Democratic Federation of High Schools — issued a joint statement May 19 calling for nationally coordinated demonstrations May 26 and a national protest June 14 in Paris. The French Senate is due to deliberate about the new labor law on that day.This union struggle against a law that the French media portray as bringing great benefits to companies operating in France is growing larger and sharper. Though the workers have still failed to shake the government’s refusal to concede, the government is destroying any illusion of French democracy.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The photographer Akram Darwish arrested

first_img Organisation News RSF_en Help by sharing this informationcenter_img May 3, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The photographer Akram Darwish arrested The photographer Akram Darwish was arrested while covering a demonstration by members of the Kurdish minority in the northeastern city of Qamishli. He was freed four days later. last_img

Community first responders need funds to save lives

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Facebook TAGSCommunityhealthLimerick City and Countylocal newsNews Previous articleGardaí using council CCTV test footage to investigate crimeNext articleBrexit boost as Shannon Estuary gets EU designation Staff Reporter A GROUP of Limerick volunteers who are helping the national ambulance service to save lives urgently need funds to buy essential equipment to give patients the best chance of survival.The Community First Responders (CFR) are a group of volunteers who are dispatched by the 999/112 National Ambulance Service to emergencies within their communities.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up They are all trained in CPR and other life-saving measures and they generally arrive at the scene of the emergency before the ambulance service because most of the volunteers “on call” live in the locality.The Ennis Road CFR are the only group in Limerick and they have been operating since last April. They cover an area from the Strand hotel to the Greenhills hotel and the surrounding residential estates.One of their volunteers, Noel Kerley, said that the main reason the group was set up was because they could see a need for it in the locality with an ageing population.“Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in Ireland, accounting for 33 per cent of all deaths and early response is essential in helping to save some of those lives,” Mr Kerley added.Community First Responders are dispatched to cardiac arrests, adult chest pain (suspected heart attack), stroke and choking emergencies in their communities. Most responder groups have organised themselves to be “on call 24/7” to respond to these emergencies.“Because all of our ‘on call’ volunteers live locally, we generally arrive at the emergency call location before the paramedics and we carry out CPR and other life-saving measures until such time as the paramedics arrive,” Mr Kerley said.The normal time for an ambulance to arrive at the emergency address is 20 minutes, but it may take longer – depending on other emergency situations they are dealing with. This time delay may be life-threatening for some emergencies.While the Ennis Road CFR group is supported by the HSE and the National Ambulance Service, they do not get any funding to buy their own equipment, including AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) or to provide accredited training and purchase training equipment.This is why they are running a major fundraising day on this Thursday, December 20 in Dunnes Stores at the Jetland Shopping Centre on the Ennis Road.“We are appealing to the people living in the area to support our fundraising next Thursday because we need this money to help us to buy this essential equipment and also to provide ongoing accredited training for our volunteers,” Mr Kerley Mary [email protected] Print Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Advertisement Linkedin Email Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students NewsLocal NewsCommunity first responders need funds to save livesBy Staff Reporter – December 23, 2018 1274 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

Rappers sing about Birds of Derby on Radio One

first_imgTrendy Radio One DJ Alice Levine has declared her love of her local baker Birds of Derby – and she got one of her favourite acts to sing live on air about their bread.Levine, who hails from Nottingham, asked abandoman – Irish award-winning comedian Rob Broderick – to rap about Birds using a song by rap artist Nelly as the melody.In it a backing singer warbles: “All of the maps, and all of the snacks. But I have never seen nothing like you. And all of the places and all of the baking, but you know nothing else will do.”And then abandoman raps:  “First of all it must be said sir, when you’re up in Nottingham they know the bread is better. Now I am in London I do it for my radio job but at night when I go home, I’m like Phil whassup there ain’t no cobs.“I say man, Birds was my palace, I scream out at their window – do you remember me? My name’s Alice!”Levine has presented backstage coverage at The BRIT Awards and the EMAs for MTV and presented The Hot Desk on ITV2.See a video of the coverage here:last_img read more

Hamilton County Deery rained out

first_imgWEBSTER CITY, Iowa – The Deery Brothers Summer Series event scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at Hamilton County Speedway has been rained out.The next event for the Late Model tour is set for Sunday, May 3 at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill.last_img

Wacky, weird, and confusing: The best photos from MLB spring training

first_imgMeanwhile, Kelly and Turner were the belles of the ball.Prom pose? It must be photo day. 😂— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 20, 2020Old schoolThe Brewers busted out the jean jackets and bad school portrait backgrounds for some ’80s throwback pics. Gnarly, dudes.Photo Day was, like, totally rad. #ThisIsMyCrew— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) February 19, 2020Blink once for helpAstros minor league pitcher Jared Hughes actually polled Twitter for what his look should be, and gave us what is supposed to be “angry” but really just looks like he’s trying to warn you with his eyes that the KILLER IS INSIDE THE HOUSE! HE’S RIGHT BEHIND YOU!!Felt cute, might delete later.— Jared Hughes (@locatejared) February 19, 2020Hughes is a perennial weird spring training photo contender, as evidenced here:Another Spring Training, another amazing photo of Jared Hughes.— Cut4 (@Cut4) February 19, 2020They grow up so fastThe Giants had their first day of kindergarten!*We’re back! ✏️🍎🌵 #SFGSpring— SFGiants (@SFGiants) February 18, 2020*spring training’What’s happening? Where am I?’Rockies closer Wade Davis looks … very confused. RIVERA: Grading every MLB team’s offseasonHere’s a roundup of this year’s strangest photos from MLB spring training.Baseball, fruit of lifeAthletics pitcher Liam Hendriks bites into a delicious baseball like it’s an apple. Makes sense that a guy named Paddack would have the horses in the back.WitchcraftThe Royals photoshoot was a little scary.summoning circle, hope this works🕯🕯 🕯🕯 🕯🕯 spooky duffy 🕯🕯 🕯🕯 🕯🕯— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) February 22, 2020Are you allowed to used spells to win games? That seems like cheating.  Getty Images It also looks like they’re holding that glowing orb that Donald Trump held back in 2017. Some baseball players try to look serious and dignified in their photos, to convey the importance of the moment. Others might smile, or try to look menacing to intimidate the competition.And some just have too much fun with it. Getty Images Getty Images Getty Images When they said the baseballs were juiced last year, I didn’t think it was that literal.Are they informants?Dodgers relievers Kenley Jansen and Joe Kelly, outfielder Cody Bellinger, and third baseman Justin Turner all went for the “documentary interview but keeping their face hidden to protect their identity” look. They’ve got that glowThe Dodgers definitely had the monopoly on odd photos this year. Pitchers Clayton Kershaw and David Price appeared to be holding a glowing baseball in their gloves. Probably easier to see at night games? If you build it …The Yankees brought in, um, a cornfield for photo day. You know, because New York has so many cornfields.Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good at baseball?— New York Yankees (@Yankees) February 20, 2020Are the “Baby Bombers” being renamed “The Children of the Corn?” He Who Walks Between the Throws?The @Yankees Instagram story gettin me HYPE rn!!! Photo day looks 🔥🔥🔥🔥 I can’t wait man. I cannot— Keith McPherson (@Keith_McPherson) February 20, 2020It’s probably a tie-in to the game they’ll play at the Field of Dreams later this season, but, hey, we can still guess. Back in the saddlePadres pitcher Chris Paddack is taking his horse to the old town road. Howdy, partner. Getty Images Getty Images Cubs’ top prospect Miguel Amaya took it too far. That could be anyone in that photo! Getty Images “What’s this in my hand? A baseball?” Or maybe he’s giving us his best Clint Eastwood. Getty Images & SN Illustration Getty Images Getty Images Relatable, true loveFinally, we have Royals catcher Salvador Perez just giving his bat a big ol’ smooch Getty Images Getty Images We’re glad baseball is back too, Salvy.last_img read more