The arctic weather front that blasted the East Coast on the first week of this year took a toll on North Carolina’s cities. In Greensboro alone, more than 115 water mains broke — and despite near-zero temperatures, municipal workers like Ramone Johnson were responsible for fixing them.“We had workers out in frigid weather,” said Johnson, a water department crew member and vice president of the Greensboro City Workers Union, a chapter of United Electrical Workers (UE) Local 150. “We are the backbone of the city. Without us the city does not run.” Yet North Carolina’s municipal workers say their work and their safety are undervalued by state and local governments.It’s been exactly 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood with striking Memphis, Tenn., sanitation workers who were fed up with low pay and dangerous conditions. UE Local 150, the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union statewide municipal council, is launching a Municipal Workers Bill of Rights campaign to establish standards for wages, grievance protections, safety, union rights and more.The campaign seeks to challenge “right-to-work” (for less!) laws and further expose the ruling made by the International Labor Organization, an agency of the United Nations, that the Jim Crow ban on public sector collective bargaining is a violation of international human rights law.On Jan. 12, the campaign kicked off when members of the newly formed Durham Workers Assembly, which includes UE150 Durham City Workers Union, Domestic Workers Alliance-We Dream in Black, Raise Up for $15 and the Duke Graduate Assistant Union, staged a press conference at City Hall in Durham. “We are fighting for a City Workers Bill of Rights, including the right to meet and confer with the City Manager about our workplace conditions and safety issues and an end to discrimination on the job,” stated sanitation equipment operator and UE150 Steward Daryl Brunson.UE150 Municipal Council members plan to spend the time until the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4 building a statewide coalition to fight for higher wages, grievance protections, safety and union rights.North Carolina law prohibits collective bargaining for public sector workers. For a decade, Local 150 has been pushing to repeal it — and organizing municipal workers to fight for improved conditions even without bargaining rights.City workers march across the stateOn Jan. 15, the Dr. King holiday, city workers participated in marches and parades across the state, including in Greensboro, Raleigh, Greenville and Rocky Mount. The community and many in left groups joined in behind the city workers as they marched.As cities draft their yearly budgets this spring, UE Local 150 members will ask city councils to shift more resources to support safe staffing, equipment, better wages and affordable health insurance. This year alone, city workers in Charlotte saw their health insurance costs sharply rise; some family plans are now charging $1,044 per month for insurance, with still steep deductibles.While the winter cold poses real challenges for city workers, extended shifts in the summer heat can be even more dangerous. Last summer, Anthony Milledge, a laborer in the city of Charlotte’s yard-waste division, died of a heat-related illness after a 14-hour shift working under a 97-degree heat index.The strike that brought Dr. King to Memphis 50 years ago, on Feb. 2, 1968, began after two sanitation workers, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed to death in a garbage truck. Furious over the tragedy and the city’s longstanding neglect of the Black workforce, 1,300 workers walked out. Their signs said, “I Am a Man.” Black workers make up a large majority of North Carolina’s municipal workers today, as well.After Milledge’s death, the union brought attention to the fact that no city in the state had a written policy to protect its own employees from excessive heat. Union members in Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Greensboro organized rallies, passed out pamphlets and held press conferences. Thanks to their efforts, many cities began drafting and implementing heat policies.The campaign aims to establish statewide minimum standards for municipal working conditions. “City workers throughout the state face many of the same problems,” said Local 150 President Nathanette Mayo, a chemist with the city of Durham. “City administrators and managers typically come together to coordinate and track municipal work environments throughout the state. We believe that workers too should collaborate and organize.” >FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News News China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Follow the news on China News July 24, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger freed for lack of evidence ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is delighted that Duan Lei, a blogger who had been held in the northeastern province of Shandong for the past five months on charges of defamation and “disturbing the social order”, was released by prosecutors this afternoon for lack of evidence.The Xinhua news agency reported that his family was nonetheless required to publicly apologise for the allegations about a local official that he made in a blog entry. A lawyer, Pu Zhiqiang, said Duan had already been freed and was back at home with his family. However, it seems that he will not be compensated for the months he spent in prison.—————-Blogger tried on charge of “disturbing social order” for criticising party officialReporters Without Borders calls for the acquittal of Duan Lei, a blogger based in the district of Cao, in the northeastern province of Shandong, who is being tried behind closed doors on a charge of defamation and “disturbing the social order” for reporting that local Communist Party secretary Guo Feng had more cars than his position permits. Duan has been detained since 25 February.“Defamation only exists when a mendacious and insulting allegation is made that harms a person’s reputation, but in this case the facts were not invented,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Furthermore, Duan’s post was read by fewer than 100 Internet users so he could hardly have ‘disturbed social order’. We are also shocked that the media were barred from the courtroom. This secrecy is a sign of how nervous the local authorities are.”Duan’s allegations about party secretary Guo Feng’s cars were posted on blogs created on the http://www.tianya.cn, http://blog.sina.com.cn/ and http://tieba.baidu.com/ platforms. In all, they appeared on a total of six websites but were read by only 79 people. Guo responded that he had been left an additional car by his predecessor.After being held without charge for more than a month, Duan was charged on 4 April with defamation. Then, on 3 July, the Cao district prosecutor’s office also charged him with “”having a harmful influence and disturbing the social order.”Over lawyer Li Yong’s angry objections, the news media and Duan’s family were barred from the courtroom during the most recent hearing on 17 July on the grounds that “personal privacy” was involved.The Xinhua and China Daily news websites have wrongly reported that Duan accused Guo of taking bribes and accused his son, a nightclub manager, of organising prostitution and dealing in drugs. RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes to go further Organisation March 12, 2021 Find out more
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High court press Related On a Southern swing, men’s basketball team meets former President Carter and visits Martin Luther King Jr.’s church and gravesite For Harvard hoops, an off-court education Steve Kerr isn’t just one of the winningest coaches in the NBA, he’s one of the more outspoken ones as well. Known for his progressive politics as well as his record-breaking tenure with the Golden State Warriors, Kerr covered both bases in a talk at the Kennedy School this week.Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies, moderated the talk before a capacity crowd. Shelby prompted Kerr to reach into his past for moments that shaped his worldview and his coaching style. A lifetime of international travel was central, said Kerr, who was born in Beirut, the son of UCLA professor and Middle East scholar Malcolm H. Kerr.“My earliest memory was people visiting my parents all the time, so I’d always hear these discussions about peace in the Middle East. And I remember getting mad that they could watch the news, and I couldn’t watch the Lakers game,” he said. “One of the great benefits of living overseas was that I was exposed to many things outside of my own bubble. Sports only magnified that [in college] because I was playing with African American teammates. When you get to know someone that well, you can appreciate that they come from a different place than you.” This, he suggested, is a lesson that more people could stand to learn nowadays. “You only need to watch the impeachment hearings to see the divisions that exist.”Shelby also asked Kerr about the trauma over the 1984 murder of his father, then the president of the American University of Beirut, by Lebanese militia members. “That was the beginning of the era we’re in now, where there is a constant level of [terrorist] threat, said Kerr, who was a college freshman at the time. “It shaped my whole life; the way I look at each day. The perspective it gave me was that family is everything, and that is the way I coach. The game itself is a basketball game — not that big a deal. And yet it is so fragile. Everything can be taken away just like that. So I try to remind guys to seize every opportunity … and to take the power they hold to make a difference in their communities.”,The experience, Kerr said, also led him to a commitment to push for gun control. “That has to do with losing my dad to gun violence, and also with growing up watching school shootings, seeing what the families are dealing with. That is a very passionate issue for me.”When Shelby opened the floor to audience questions, Kerr made clear his own feelings about the importance of open dialogue. One person referenced conservative commentator Laura Ingraham, who famously rebuked LeBron James for expressing opinions on race, politics, and President Trump during a 2018 ESPN interview, saying that he should “shut up and dribble.” Kerr was asked: Where do athletes fit into political discourse? “They fit in anywhere they want,” he replied. “As American citizens they have the right to speak.”The most emotional moment came when a first-year student, who said she was a lifelong Kobe Bryant fan, asked for memories of the Los Angeles Lakers great who’d died over the weekend. Kerr said that he’d known Bryant in three capacities: competing against him late in Kerr’s playing career; covering Bryant as a broadcaster; and finally coaching against him.“The most profound thing for me to watch was his transformation,” he recalled. “In his rookie season, he was this brash kid who imitated Michael Jordan; he even talked like him. He was so brash and so confident that you’d think he had no self-awareness. But within two years he was the most dominant player in the game. In the beginning people were mocking him, but he kept taking steps that only he knew he was going to reach.”A similar transformation, he said, took place in Bryant after he left the game. “A lot of people thought he’d struggle, but he transitioned beautifully. I saw images of him often with his daughter, looking so much at ease. To see a family devastated like that is tough.”Many of Kerr’s reflections were sober and serious. Some were less so. One audience member asked which NBA star, Steph Curry or Clay Johnson, would win in a game of the basketball-shooting competition H.O.R.S.E. Responded Kerr, “The only thing I can tell you is that it would take forever.” Men’s basketball team gets a tour with Elena Kagan
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A wave of anti-tourism sentiment has swept Mediterranean countries this summer, and the World Tourism Organization (WTO) says the problem needs to be taken seriously. Business diary.The center of the anti-tourism mood is currently Spain, which was visited by a record 75,6 million tourists last year, but the negative sentiment is also noticeable in Italy. Tensions have been rising in Barcelona for years due to the growing number of unregistered tourists and the impact of apartment rental websites, such as Airbnb, on the local real estate market. Of the 16.000 legal apartments in Barcelona, another 7000 are believed to be illegal. Tensions escalated this summer when activists from Arran, a youth branch of the left-wing Candidacy for National Unity (CUP), began actions to damage tourist buses and rental bicycles.A spokesman for Arran explained to the British BBC that the current model of tourism is forcing downtown residents to relocate to the periphery and damaging the environment. By the way, the Spanish government characterized the group as “extremist”. However, protests against the current dominant model of tourism have also been recorded in northern Spain in Oviedo and San Sebastian, but also in the tourist mecca of Mallorca. Another protest has been announced in San Sebastian for August 17th when the city hosts the Semana Grande – the largest festival of Basque culture.20 million tourists a year visit Venice, a city of 55.000 inhabitantsAnger is boiling on the other side of the Adriatic as well. A protest was held in Venice last month, gathering about 2000 people. The protest drew attention to the problem of rising real estate prices and the impact of large cruisers on the lagoon’s sensitive environment. By the way, Venice – a city of only 55.000 inhabitants – is visited by 20 million tourists a year, so in June the city authorities announced a ban on building new hotels in the old part of the city.Estimates say that the center of Venice will be left without permanent residents by 2030 if the current pace of construction of accommodation units continues. In an interview with The Guardian, UNWTO leader Taleb Raifi pointed out that the growth of anti-tourism sentiment is a very serious situation that needs to be seriously addressed. If managed properly, tourism can be the “best ally” to the local community and the preservation of cultural heritage, Raifi added. Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation believes the rise of Airbnb is responsible, followed by short, two-day city visits and an increase in interest in cruises. For this reason, most tourists stay only in the city center where the main attractions are.
Submit Daily flash briefings for Sky Bet’s Super 6, including latest predictions from Jeff Stelling and Paul Merson, are now available through Alexa.Players of the free-to-play online game will also be able to access a host of popular content from Sky Games and the top weekend football show through Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.The service can be enabled via the Alexa app or by saying “Alexa, enable Soccer Saturday Super 6”. Audio briefings will be played through Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices, while video briefings will also be available when Echo Show – the first Echo with a display— arrives in the UK on 16 November.Going live on Alexa is just the first phase of plans for Super 6, created by Sky in 2010 to run alongside Soccer Saturday. The next step is to develop interactive content and additional skills for Alexa, which will allow players to make voice selections as part of the game and more.Andy Evans, Senior Product Manager, said: “This is a really exciting development for Super 6 – it’s an innovative use of content and a fantastic opportunity to reach our audiences in new places. It’s a hassle-free way to make the latest Super 6 news synonymous with a player’s daily routine and the convenience of high quality of content from the nation’s favourite football presenters is unbeatable.” StumbleUpon Share Share
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan and his deputy Dede Ayew will go head-to-head for the 2015 Ghana Sports Personality of the year award.The duo will be up against All Africa Games gold medal winning coach Yussif Bassigyi and Bashir Hayford who won the Ghana Premier League title with AshantiGoldThe sports personality of the year is the flagship category of the annual SWAG awards which rewards sportsmen in Ghana. Andre Ayew has been nominated for his role in helping the Black Stars reach the finals of the Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and based on his superb start to life in English football with Swansea.Gyan had little moments with the Black Stars of significance except for his moment of magic against Algeria at the Nations Cup. Basygyi meanwhile supervised the failure of the Black Queens to qualify for both the OlympicGames and African Women’s nations cup before helping them win gold at the All Africa Games by winning one game in regulation time. The last name on the list is Bashir Hayford whose AshantGold side finally ended a 19-year wait for the domestic league title.The four contenders for sportsman of the year are all also nominated in other categories too. Dede and Gyan are all both in contention for footballer of the year too with Harrison Afful the third name in the frame. Bassigyi and Hayford have alse been nominated for coach of the year with Golden Rackets coach Henry Quansah their main competitor.The All Africa Games provided the basis for nomination of a lot of the athletes but in a year when high achievers were few, there are bound to be major question marks over some of the nominations.SWAG is determined however to hold the ceremony as soon as possible as it seeks to re-position it as the most credible sports awards in Ghana.*Full list of nominees: Sports Personality of the year 1. Andre Ayew 2. Asamoah Gyan 3. Yussif Basigi 4. Bashir Hayford Footballer of the year (Male)1. Andre Ayew 2. Asamoah Gyan 3. Harrison AffulFootballer of the year (Female) 1. Portia Boakye2. Samira Suleman3.Janet Egyiri Premier League Star 1. Eric Opoku (Ashantigold) 2. Kennedy Ashia (Liberty Professionals)3. Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars)National Team of the year1. Black Queens2. George Darko / Wisdom Narh Adjrago( Gold medalist Coach of the Year 1. Yussif Basigri (Black queens/Hasaacas Ladies)2. Bashir Hayford (Ashantigold )3. Henry Quansah (GoldenMost promising starJoe Fameyeh (Asokwa Deportivo)Dedication and ValourStephen Oduro (Asante Kotoko )Life Time Achievement AwardSophia Okulley (Women’s Football )C.K Gyamfi (Posthumous)Special AwardAsamoah Gyan (Philanthropist)–