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regressive labor law in the past two months.The demand of the workers is simple: They want the new labor law completely withdrawn.Six refineries out of eight are occupied, and most fuel depots in the north and west of France are blockaded.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

Thien Truong, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Sales

first_img Community News Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Thien Truong. Photo courtesy Business WireGreen Dot Corporation today announced it has hired Thien Truong as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Sales. Mr. Truong comes to Green Dot from American Express, where he most recently served as Vice President of Retail and Mall Channels for the U.S. Payment Options group. While at American Express, Mr. Truong led the expansion of the brand’s prepaid solutions, including the nationwide launch of its prepaid card, Serve.“Thien is a talented executive with great experience in both financial services and retail,” said Kostas Sgoutas, Chief Revenue Officer for Green Dot. “He will be an important addition to our team as we seek to increase our retail distribution and identify attractive new channels for product expansion.”Mr. Truong will be responsible for managing Green Dot’s sales and new business development. He will manage products in various channels to help Green Dot identify new business partnerships and grow existing relationships.“I became captivated with Green Dot and its mission as I ventured to compete with them in the prepaid card industry with American Express Serve,” said Mr. Troung. “I’m thrilled to move to Green Dot, the pioneer of the industry, who is dedicated to reinventing personal banking for the masses. Here, I feel I can help to make a difference for America’s underserved — millions of whom use Green Dot already today.”While at American Express, Mr. Truong was also responsible for managing the company’s U.S. gift card business. Prior to his time at American Express, Mr. Truong served in various Sales Management and Corporate Strategy roles at Procter & Gamble, Nestle Waters, and Frito Lay, a division of PepsiCo. Mr. Truong joins Green Dot along with another senior hire. Joshua Goines recently joined the company as the General Manager of GoBank from PayPal.Green Dot Corporation, 3465 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, (626) 765-2000 or visit Green DotGreen Dot Corporation is a technology-centric, pro-consumer Bank Holding Company with a mission to reinvent personal banking for the masses. The company is the largest provider of prepaid debit card products and prepaid card reloading services in the United States, as well as a leader in mobile banking with its GoBank mobile bank account offering. Green Dot Corporation products are available to consumers at more than 90,000 retailers nationwide, online and via the leading app stores. The company is headquartered in Pasadena, California with its bank subsidiary, Green Dot Bank, located in Provo, Utah. First Heatwave Expected Next Week 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Company News Briefs Thien Truong, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Sales From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, June 23, 2014 | 11:31 amlast_img read more

Limerick Schools urged to enter essay competition judged by Ryan Tubridy

first_imgLimerickNewsLimerick Schools urged to enter essay competition judged by Ryan TubridyBy Meghann Scully – February 25, 2020 289 Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Ryan TubridyWorld Vision Ireland is calling on Limerick teachers, parents and children to enter their Climate Change Essay Competition, which will be judged by Ryan Tubridy. The winner will get the chance to meet Ryan Tubridy in the RTE studios and will also win a €500 Smyths voucher. World Vision Ireland’s Climate Change essay competition 2020 is opened until the 31st March for children between the ages of 8 and 18.The entries will be narrowed down to the final 10, and celebrity judge Ryan Tubridy will choose the winning essay. Teachers are encouraged to download a poster for their notice boards which they can find on the World Vision website or by clicking here Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The essay entries should be sent, with the €2 application fee (€2 per essay entry) to:Essay competition, World Vision Ireland, The Mews, Garland House, Rathmines Park, Dublin 6.Entries should follow the below instructions: ·         Write an essay entitled ‘How We Can Save Our Planet’.·         Word count is 800 words or less.·         Entry cost is €2 per essay, per child.·         Children should write their name, age and school address on the top corner of the essay, and hand it to their teacher.·         Teachers should put the essay entries, along with the entry fee, into an envelope and post the essays to: Essay competition, World Vision Ireland, The Mews, Garland House, Rathmines Park, Dublin 6.“The climate crisis can be a challenging topic for parents to discuss – especially with younger children, as we don’t want to cause anxiety but rather set a positive example for what can be done on a day-to-day basis.” Niall McLoughlin, CEO of World Vision Ireland, said.“Things like replacing your old lightbulbs, buying local products, walking or cycling instead of driving, shopping without buying plastic packaging, turning off appliances, reducing the thermostat , recycling and reusing can all be done while explaining why you’re doing it to your children.“It is today’s children who will face the challenges of global warming head-on, more than any other generation before them. Discussing these small and achievable behavioural changes with our own kids can go a long way towards instilling a sense of personal interest and responsibility for the planet.”“To tackle climate change, we need drastic action globally from every single pocket of society including governments, businesses, communities and schools. This includes educating kids across all age groups and levels of schooling to prepare them to be able to live more sustainable lives.” Fiona O’Malley, Director of Communications at World Vision Ireland, said.“Education can play a key role in innovation and investments in environmentally-sound technologies and infrastructure, sustainable livelihoods and lifestyle choices. Schools play a pivotal role in teaching students how to be environmentally responsible. “Today’s children are tomorrow’s business leaders, decision makers and politicians. They will be the ones shaping the future of the country, our economy, and our transport; so it’s important that they are equipped with the knowledge of the impact of global warming, and how to tackle it. We can only ever be the holders of today.“Our children are the finders of tomorrow and it’s our job to shape and mould them to make sure that is a better tomorrow. We believe this essay competition is a great way to start the climate change conversations in schools across the country, in a positive and creative way.“It is important for the youth to understand the astronomical damage global warming is doing to our planet, and the positive actions we need to take at a rapid rate, like planting million and millions of trees. It can be a heavy subject for children to take on but there can be positive feelings when they take active steps to be part of the solution, like tree-planting.“If parents and teachers are lucky enough to be able to travel, consider taking the children to see places and things that you can turn into a climate discussion. Few things can teach or explain the magnitude and power of the ocean better than seeing it – and with the waters lapping against the shore, a quick discussion of sea-level rise may feel more concrete and more real.“It’s important to balance the negative issues we face with positive actions that children can take. Children today will have to deal with the impacts of climate change – more than any previous generation. As a parent, guardian, teacher, or caregiver, we all have a responsibility to do our best to make sure they’re ready.”For further information on how to enter the climate change essay competition go to – WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostRyan Tubridyworld vision Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print WhatsApp Previous articleStone Roses frontman Ian Brown to play Live at Big Top in LimerickNext articleWater levels continue to rise on River Shannon Meghann Scully Facebooklast_img read more

Memory card found on the street labeled ‘Homicide’ leads to arrest of alleged killer

first_imgRawf8/iStock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — A man has been arrested for murder after a memory card labeled “Homicide at midtown Marriott” that contained videos and images of a violent attack was discovered on an Alaska street, authorities said.A woman called Anchorage police on Sept. 30 to say she found an SD card lying on the ground, and that it contained disturbing videos from early September that showed a woman being beaten, raped and strangled, according to court documents.The SD card contained 39 images and 12 videos, the court documents said.Some of the footage showed a naked woman “moaning and struggling to breathe,” and trying to fight back, documents said. In another video, the suspect is seen stomping on the woman’s throat with his foot, documents said and laughing as he strangles her.Images also showed the victim in the back of a truck, documents said. The victim was later identified as 30-year-old Kathleen Henry, police said Thursday.Police have charged Brian Smith, 48, with first-degree murder, and said he had a room registered at that hotel in question during that time period and a car matching the truck seen on the footage, and that his accent matches the voice heard in the video, court documents said.Detectives found that Smith’s phone pinged “to a location on Rainbow Valley Road along the Seward Highway within minutes of the last still image from the SD card of the female in the back of the black truck,” according to court documents.On Oct. 2, two days after the SD card was found, Henry’s remains were discovered near Seward Highway, the Anchorage Police Department said.Smith was taken into custody at an Anchorage airport on Tuesday.Smith has pleaded not guilty. His attorney declined to comment to ABC News on Friday.A connection between the suspect and the victim was not clear.The police department said it “extends its gratitude to the citizen who stepped forward with the evidence.”Her actions “played an instrumental role” and “serves as another example of when you see something suspicious, say something,” said police.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgGuruOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruActor robbed of job for delivering too muchGuru knows only too well the price you pay for being too good at your job. Take actor Mick Lewis, whose services are no longer required at the YorkDungeon because he was too scary. To stifle boredom, Mick spiced up his role as Dick Turpin’s executioner.Unfortunately, he ended up terrifying tourists, leaving kids screaming andwomen in tears. “It was a perfect place to scare the pants off people,” said Mick.”Most people liked it but my bosses told me to tone it down.” With a hangman’s noose around his neck and a dead rat on his shoulder, herecounted dark stories to his “victims”. But Mick became the victimwhen he forgot to tone it down. Guru bets Sir Anthony Hopkins didn’t have the same problems on the set ofHannibal. “Tony love, let’s try Ribena instead of Chianti, OK?” This work thing is a bit of a ritual Apparently, employees are more productive if they undertake daily ritualssuch as wearing a favourite tie, drinking from the same mug or even using thesame toilet. Research by recruitment agency Office Angels found that office rituals makepeople more confident and productive. Half of those surveyed always use the same toilet even if they have to waitfor it to become vacant and three out of four reward themselves with a treatsuch as a chocolate for completing their least favourite task. Guru agrees habits are important in the workplace. He finds it hard toconcentrate if he doesn’t arrive at the office at least half-an-hour late,takes a two-hour coffee break and makes 20 personal phone calls before lunch(You’re sacked – editor). Height of work- life balance? There is no doubt that work-life balance is easier to achieve with the helpof e-technology. Scottish businessman Michael Jackson plans to stay in touch with his outdoorclothing business when he climbs to the summit of K2 by sending the highestever e-mail. If Jackson succeeds he will earn a place in The Guinness Book of Records forhis e-mail with altitude. Guru is very impressed but suggests he holds on tight as he hits the sendbutton. “Look mum no hands…” It is at moments like these that work-life balance becomes particularlycritical. Recession-teller is just the ticketOK, hands up those who think we’re entering a recession.  So it’s about fifty-fifty then.Guru has used a complex combination of indicators to assess whether the UKis entering the next recession.  It involvesjob losses, business confidence, pay deals, inflation, star signs and dice.This equation doesn’t include the sales of train tickets, as recommended byone leading HR consultant.  This expertin human capital believes that the current fall in sales of season tickets is asure sign of impending recession.  This increasein daily ticket sales suggests more short-term contract work – a sign that thebusinesses are gearing up for the plunge.But perhaps we’re overlooking the obvious here – perhaps it’s more to dowith the parlous state of our rail network than being any harbinger of adownturn. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

The establishment of a new ecological guild of pollinating insects on sub-Antarctic South Georgia

first_imgWe report the establishment of two representatives of a new ecological functional group on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia – pollinating insects – in the form of the hoverfly Eristalis croceimaculata Jacobs (Diptera, Syrphidae) and the blowfly Calliphora vicina Robineau-Desvoidy (Diptera, Calliphoridae). The floricolous adults of these two species provide a new ecological role, pollination, in the ecosystems of this island. The activity of their respectively saprophogous or necrophagous larvae will also augment that of the native insect and microarthropod soil fauna. We discuss the potential new synergy between this functional group and that of a number of established non-native plants, reliant on insect pollinators for successful seed-set and hence dispersal, that are currently of persistent status with very limited local distributions.last_img read more

Suffering OUSU

first_imgThe agenda for last Friday’s OUSU council meeting, where a vote toboycott Coca-Cola was passed by an overwhelming majority, contains twopoints of significant interest. The first is a quotation from aspokesperson representing the workers at Coke’s Colombian factory: “Weask Coca-Cola to stop killing, and you to stop drinking Coke.” Thesestriking words are accompanied by a list of statistics detailing Coke’salleged role in a string of deaths, imprisonments and threats.Thesecond is the proposed reason for OUSU’s involvement with these issues:“The case of Coke is of particular importance to us because students –by their membership of NUS and hence democratic control over thepurchasing of many large venues – are in a uniquely powerful positionto respond.”Whether or not we support the motion – and theimplication of it being passed by such a majority is that we do – wemust consider how genuine its importance to us is. Is our purchasingpower a genuinely good reason to involve ourselves in such a dispute?There are surely other unions throughout the country with the samecommercial force. Yet student unions are unique in their involvement inmatters unrelated to the primary concerns of their members.Thequestion of what OUSU is has, since its inception, not beensuccessfully answered. Indeed, the end of term reports of last year’sExecutive Officers show that the same uncertainty exists inside theorganization as in the minds of many students: whether OUSU shouldexist primarily to support or to represent its members.The roleof any student union is in many ways subject to the same uncertainty.Significant pieces of legislation complicate the matter: John Major’s1994 Education Act puts a burden on these institutions of having torepresent not only their members but the student community in general.The NUS acts as an unwieldy umbrella organization for the overambitiousgoal of representing students throughout the nation.But OUSU’sposition is unique. Cherwell has reported on and off for nearly fortyyears the imminent arrival of an ever-elusive central student venue.John Blake, last year’s OUSU President, makes explicit statements inhis end of term report which call for the sale of OUSU’s two mostOxford-facing ventures, the Oxford Student and Zoo, to privatecompanies. There is a perennial schism in the two OUSUs: one arepresentative campaigning force, the other a semi-commercialpublishing and Entz body.Perhaps the problem is that we arealready so well catered for by our JCRs, political groups, collegeofficials, orchestras and so on. Perhaps the problem is that despitethis there are no other effective outlets for global political views tobe heard. Perhaps there is no problem at all.At present, OUSU’srole is a source of confusion for many students. Occasional anger anddistrust must stem from such a situation, but this does not tackle anyof the problems. What many perceive as OUSU’s isolation, whetherself-perpetuated or external can be of little benefit to the studentbody at large. An increase in interest by students in a body which is,after all, there to protect their interests could hardly be a badthing. Whether positive or negative, some input from the rest of uswould at least be a start.ARCHIVE: 2nd week MT 2005last_img read more

EVSC To Fund PSAT, SAT Tests For Students

first_imgBeginning this fall, the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation will pay for the cost of more than 4,500 students to take either the PSAT or SAT test. The move comes as a way to ensure equal access for all students to take the college entrance exam.“Research shows us that students who take the PSAT early and more than once ultimately have higher scores,” said David Smith, EVSC superintendent. “By funding the PSAT test for eighth and ninth graders and the SAT for juniors, we are enhancing opportunities for students. Because we are providing the funding, our students will have the ability to take the test multiple times.The PSAT and SAT are stable assessments that have been taken by students across the country for several decades. The results allow parents to see how their children are performing on a national level, not just locally or at the state level.Another bonus, says Smith, is the fact that College Board – the company who administers both tests- has partnered with Khan Academy, a nonprofit that provides online learning resources for students. When eighth and ninth grade students take the PSAT, they will not only receive their scores, but our students will also have the opportunity to link their test results to Khan Academy to receive free, targeted learning plans to practice the skills they need.“The Khan Academy linkage is very beneficial for our students,” Smith said. “Students will receive tailored learning resources, based on their academic performance. This should help them improve their scores on subsequent tests and improve their school work, overall. Parents, tutors and community partners who support students will now have additional resources to help our students succeed.”In October, students in grades 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to take the PSAT test, with the cost paid by the EVSC. Then, in March, the EVSC also will fund the SAT for current 11th graders. (The state of Indiana already pays for sophomores and juniors to take the PSAT.) All tests will be taken inside the school day to ensure all students will participate in a familiar setting. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Plan for a stormy mess in the middle of next week

first_img× HUDSON COUNTY — Do you like nasty weather? Well, you’re in luck. Accuweather predicts a rainy mess on Tuesday and Wednesday. If it gets colder, it could be a slushy mess.Check out the weather by going to and clicking the weather symbol in the upper right.last_img

Stranded Sailboat Gets Higher and Drier on O.C. Beach

first_imgThe Walkabout II gets dragged up the beach on Tuesday afternoon — out of the way of the surf and tide. The 33-foot sailboat that was left stranded on the beach Saturday in Ocean City will leave by land and not sea.An Ocean City Fire Department vehicle on Tuesday helps move a boat that was stranded on the beach Saturday beyond the tideline at Seaspray Beach.Salvage crews on Tuesday said the boat was filled with too much sand to tow it back out to sea.One of the vehicles the Ocean City Fire Department acquired for free in 2013 as part of a U.S. Army surplus program helped drag the boat beyond the high-tide line on Tuesday afternoon. A full-moon tide and east winds will contribute to stormy surf that likely would have further battered the boat on Wednesday. The boat had come to rest near a jetty.Workers used a power hacksaw to remove the mast before the boat was towed up the beach.The Walkabout II out of Peterborough in Ontario, Canada, reportedly experienced engine trouble and drifted onto the beach at Seaspray Road in the early hours of Saturday morning.A worker takes a power hack saw to the mast of the Walkabout II.The Ocean City Fire Department was dispatched at 1:39 a.m. for a “water rescue.” A deputy chief, two engines, an ambulance and a rescue boat responded and found the boat in the surf approximately 150 feet from the shore.Firefighters entered the surf and were able to assist the boat owner to shore and retrieve his two dogs. All were reported in good condition.There were no injuries and the fire department assisted the operator of the vessel in finding a place to stay that accomodated his pets, and they provided clothing.It remains uncertain when the boat will be trailered from the beach.last_img read more