Baseball Believes Stars Celebrate Amazing Plays For Stand Up To Cancer

first_imgSteve Carell, Colin Hanks and Ken Jeong are featured in a new Stand Up To Cancer campaign, titled “Baseball Believes,” filmed at Boston’s Fenway Park that celebrates amazing plays from Major League Baseball’s Postseason history.Video: “Baseball Believes” with Steve Carell, Colin Hanks and Ken JeongThe six spots, which include the actual broadcasts of the historic plays, connect believing in miracles on the playing field with a shared vision of ending cancer. The spots will begin airing in early September in stadiums, on MLB Network, FOX and ESPN, and will continue through the 2013 baseball season.Major League Baseball is a founding donor of Stand Up To Cancer and, together with its 30 Clubs, has committed more than $30 million to the initiative to date.Carell, Hanks and Jeong took to the field at Fenway Park to re-create signature moments in baseball history that led fans across the nation to believe that anything was possible. After the three actors highlight the importance of these moments in baseball history, the spot ends with a call to action, encouraging fans to join Major League Baseball in its belief that we can end cancer forever.The four baseball moments are: New York Yankees All-Star Derek Jeter makes the famous backhand toss to Jorge Posada in Game 3 of the 2001 American League Division Series to tag out Jeremy Giambi at the plate. Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk waves his 12th inning home run to “stay fair” to win Game 6 of the 1975 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds at Fenway Park. New York Giants center fielder Willie Mays makes his over-the-shoulder basket catch to rob Vic Wertz of the Cleveland Indians of extra bases in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series. The catch has been heralded as one of the greatest in baseball history. Los Angeles Dodgers star Kirk Gibson, hobbled by a pulled hamstring and a swollen knee, delivers a pinch-hit, walk-off home run off dominant Oakland Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series and limps around the bases. The legendary play is often referenced as a prime example of the miracles of Postseason baseball.Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig commented, “This campaign is a part of Major League Baseball’s unwavering efforts to support and help empower Stand Up To Cancer in its noble work fighting all forms of cancer through the spirit of collaboration. We are proud that the most memorable and improbable moments in Postseason history can be used as a way to inspire people to believe that anything is possible, including an end to cancer.”“Under the steadfast leadership and dedication of Commissioner Bud Selig and all 30 teams, MLB’s financial support of SU2C has been vitally important to the success of our mission. Equally important is what MLB has done to help build our grassroots movement by encouraging baseball fans everywhere to support our researchers, who work tirelessly to develop new therapies for patients to save lives now,” said SU2C Co-Founder Rusty Robertson.“Everyone at MLB has helped enormously with our efforts to convey this key message: each and every one of us has a role to play in ending cancer, and we are profoundly grateful for that,” added SU2C Co-Founder Sue Schwartz.“As the husband of a cancer survivor, I know how important it is to believe that we can beat this disease,” said Jeong. “I’m proud to be a part of Stand Up To Cancer and Major League Baseball’s effort to build more support for the scientists on the front lines of the fight.”The spot was shot at Fenway Park during its 100th year anniversary and will build on the previous spots created at Major League ballparks, including the 2010 SU2C PSA, which featured actor Jake Gyllenhaal at Dodger Stadium and debuted during the 2010 All-Star Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Since the SU2C launch in 2008, Major League Baseball has continued to promote the initiative year-round, including a featured spotlight during the World Series and other MLB Jewel events. Notably, in 2011, MLB and SU2C introduced in-stadium SU2C “I Stand Up For” placards, a powerful symbol of fans, Club leadership, managers and players uniting in the fight against cancer.last_img read more

Over Rs 1L seized from Bharati Ghoshs car at West Midnapore

first_imgKolkata: More than one lakh rupees was seized from former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh’s car late on Thursday night at Pingla in West Midnapore, where election is scheduled to be held on Sunday.According to sources, on Thursday night at around 10:45 pm, Ghosh was returning from election campaign in a car bearing registration number WB 02 AG 6684. It was intercepted in a naka-checking point at Mundumari in Pingla. It has been alleged that despite repeated instructions by police officials, Ghosh refused to stop and let her car be checked. Immediately, senior police and Election Commission officials were informed and after a few kilometres near Mondalbari, Ghosh’s car was intercepted again. This time the car was thoroughly checked and sleuths found Rs 1,13,000 from the vehicle. According to the rules and regulations of an election, a candidate can carry a maximum Rs 50,000, along with proper documents. As Ghosh was carrying more than the stipulated amount, she violated the norms. Police seized the money and asked Ghosh to sign on the seizure list, which she denied. She claimed that she had around Rs 49,000 and the rest of the amount belonged to other passengers of the car. Ghosh alleged that police personnel had asked them to put the money in one bag, which was later seized and shown as her money. According to sources, at the time of search and seizure, Ghosh got involved in an altercation with the police personnel. She demanded that all others inside the car must be allowed to sign on the seizure list as well, as their money had also been seized. Ghosh was later detained and taken to the police station for questioning. Almost after three hours at around 2 am, she was released. On Friday, police lodged a complaint and initiated an FIR against her. The information of Thursday night’s incident was also conveyed to the Election Commission in the state. On Friday afternoon, information was forwarded to the Election Commission of India for necessary action.last_img read more

Morocco Arrests Drug Trafficking Ring

Rabat – Errachidia police services dismantled a criminal network for drug trafficking and marketing, on the basis of accurate information provided by the general directorate for national territory surveillance.Investigations led by security services helped arrest four suspects, on Friday in the city of Arfoud, said a statement by the national police (DGSN), adding that 12 suitcases containing 300 kg of hashish, three vehicles and the sum of 570,000 were also seized during this operation.The accused were remanded in custody to complete the probe, conducted under the competent public prosecutor’s office, said the statement, noting that investigations are under way to establish possible links with other organizations, inside Morocco or abroad. read more

Two new elements added to UNbacked list of intangible heritage

Sung prayers from an indigenous group in Peru and traditional weaving skills from the United Arab Emirates were added today to the United Nations List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. Both items are in danger of dying out, according to the intergovernmental committee managing the list, which is meeting this week in Bali, Indonesia. The committee also selected five new best safeguarding practices from Belgium, Brazil, Hungary and Spain. The Eshuva, or sung prayer, is a religious expression of the Huichipare indigenous ethnic group in Peru’s southern Amazon tropical forest. The songs are only sung in the Huichipare’s language, Harákmbut and are performed for healing or as part of traditional ceremonies. According to oral tradition, Eshuva songs were learned directly from forest animals and are sung to summon nature’s spirits to help alleviate illness. Al Sadu is a traditional form of weaving practised by Bedouin women in rural communities of the United Arab Emirates to produce soft furnishings and decorative accessories for camels and horses. Bedouin men shear the sheep, camels and goats, and women gather in small groups to spin and weave, exchanging family news and occasionally chanting and reciting poetry. Since its creation in 2008, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intangible Heritage List – as well as the List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding – has included an array of global cultural expressions. The five new best safeguarding practices, announced in a news release issued by UNESCO, include a programme to cultivate diversity of traditional games and sports in Belgium; the conservation of a museum that promotes fandango, a traditional Brazilian dance; a programme to encourage new initiatives for local governments also in Brazil; a Hungarian method for teaching folk dance and music; and the revitalization of traditional lime-making in Spain. 25 November 2011Sung prayers from an indigenous group in Peru and traditional weaving skills from the United Arab Emirates were added today to the United Nations List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. read more

Back to class for farmers at the 2016 Livestock Care Conference

A big farm animal event is starting Tuesday in Olds. It’s the 2016 Livestock Care Conference.The annual event showcases speakers from Canada and around the world. The conferences centers around promoting responsible, humane animal care and continual improvement in Alberta’s livestock production systems.The agenda includes a sheep handling and body condition scoring demonstration, which offers a way to put proper pressure on the animals that will help them move comfortably and without a bad experience.Dr. Jennifer Walker will speak about how politics, policy, profit and people are all connected. She’ll also talk about consumer trust and addressing concerns. by Alex Cliche Posted Mar 22, 2016 7:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FreeImages.com/AlanBelmer Back to class for farmers at the 2016 Livestock Care Conference read more

Ban expresses deep concern over the continuing political uncertainty in Haiti

According to a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban called on the National Assembly to urgently decide on a viable arrangement for provisional governance that can ensure the completion of the electoral process and a return to full constitutional order without further delays. The statement further says that the UN chief urged all stakeholders to act responsibly in the interest of Haiti and its people and to refrain from any incitement or resort to violence.The UN and its partners in Haiti have also expressed concern that measures to ensure institutional continuity had not been taken despite missing several key deadlines regarding the political transition as well as the ending of term of the country’s provisional president. On 14 February, the Haitian National Assembly elected Jocelerme Privert as the island nation’s interim President, one week after former President Michel Martelly departed without a successor. Mr. Privert served as interim President for 120 days, and an election had been scheduled for 24 April, following an agreement – known as the 5 February Agreement – between Haitian stakeholders to preserve institutional continuity and further the electoral process.VYesterday, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, and the other members of the international community in Haiti represented in the “Core Group” (the Ambassadors of Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, the United States and the European Union, and the Special Representative of the Organization of American States) issued a joint statement calling on the National Assembly to facilitate the return to constitutional order through the holding of elections without further delay. read more

Cameron paces Morgan St in 7868 win over Mt St Marys

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Martez Cameron scored 15 points, Tyler Streeter scored 14 and Morgan State kept Mt. St. Mary’s winless with a 78-68 win on Sunday.After a 35-all first-half tie, Jordan Little’s jump shot nine seconds in put Morgan State (2-3) ahead for good. Sherwyn Devonish-Prince Jr.’s jumper later extended the lead to 49-41 and Cameron’s 3-pointer made it 55-45 with 10:23 remaining.Mt. St. Mary’s (0-6) struggled to protect the ball committing 26 turnovers. For their part, the Bears committed 30 personal fouls and the Mountaineers, 24. Mt. St. Mary’s, however, made just 25 of 41 foul shots (61 per cent). Mount Saint Mary’s had a 51-33 rebounding advantage.Jalen Gibbs led The Mount with 19 points, Nana Opoku scored 15 with nine rebounds and Vado Morse scored half his 14 points from the foul line.The Associated Press read more

Newton says hell be ready to play vs Browns coach unsure

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton insists he’ll be ready to play against the Browns despite lingering pain in his throwing shoulder.Panthers coach Ron Rivera wasn’t quite as certain Wednesday saying, “We’ll see. We’re not even to Friday.”More than 20 months after having surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, Newton is still experiencing discomfort. Coordinator Norv Turner has limited Newton’s downfield throws this season and twice has replaced Newton with backup Taylor Heinicke when lining up for Hail Mary passes.Newton reps were limited in practice — as they have been for several weeks — as part of Rivera calls “the new normal.”The Panthers (6-6) are a half-game behind the Vikings in the race for the second NFC wild card spot.__For more NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/NFL and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLSteve Reed, The Associated Press read more

Instructional video by Pete Carroll led to 2014 success by Ohio State

Then-sophomore safety Vonn Bell (11) makes a tackle during a game against Indiana on Nov. 22 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-27.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThere was no denying that as the Ohio State football team entered the 2014 season, tackling was an issue.The Buckeyes were ranked 47th in total defense and allowed opposing offenses to average 377.4 yards per game in 2013, a season that was capped by Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins breaking tackles left and right on his way to 227 yards receiving.Of those 227 yards, 202 came after the catch.Enter Chris Ash and an instructional video from then-defending Super Bowl champion Pete Carroll.Ash, who replaced Everett Withers as the co-defensive coordinator, came to OSU from Arkansas, and one summer night, he came across a video that he said changed the Buckeye defense in a profound way.“We changed our tackling philosophy, partly because Pete Carroll’s video inspired us to go back and really evaluate ourselves,” Ash said Thursday. “When we did evaluate ourselves, we found out that what we were coaching wasn’t showing up on film.”The video completely changed the way the OSU defense approached tackling, and at first, it wasn’t easy for the players to adapt, Ash said.“We went through the self-evaluation last summer after spring practice and it was a fairly big change,” he said. “Philosophically, everything that you’ve been taught in the game of football and how you tackle, we were going against that.”Ultimately the change seemed to work as the Buckeyes jumped from the 47th ranked defense in 2013 to the 19th ranked defense in 2014, reducing the yards allowed per game by 35.Ash said the change in technique contributed to the Buckeyes staying healthy in 2014, as only one OSU starting defensive back missed a start (then-redshirt-freshman Eli Apple against Michigan State) en route to a national title. Even though he didn’t start, Apple was still healthy enough to take the field later in that game.“It eliminated some injuries, but it also was a lot more effective. And I can tell you honestly right now, as a coach, I could go show you our film and what we teach, what we coach, what we drill and guess what? It shows up on film,” Ash said. “Not once, not twice, not by luck but by design. Our players have bought into it and that alone, in my opinion, led to us having a lot of success, especially late in the season.”Ash added that the Buckeyes sustained their success by running tackling drills throughout the season, even leading up to the title matchup with the Oregon Ducks.“We were three days away from the national championship game, we are still doing live tackling drills,” he said. “It’s how we coach it, it’s how we drill it and how we do it consistently throughout the whole year that led us to become a really good tackling team.”One of the players who seemed to buy into the new philosophy of tackling was now-junior safety Vonn Bell, who accumulated 92 tackles in 2014, good for second on the team.Bell, who was forced to sit out spring practice last year because of a torn MCL, said he has been working on building his individual game throughout spring practice.“It’s a blessing to be out here with the guys, just not sitting back not doing nothing,” Bell said Thursday. “I am really enhancing my craft now. Working on my fundamentals, technique, just working on the little things I need to get better on.”Fellow safety redshirt-junior Tyvis Powell said the Buckeyes are looking to build on what they accomplished in 2014, but added he and Bell are keeping an eye on the younger players who might get too comfortable because of the recent success.“Complacency is what kills us. We already tasted the highest level of football. We are just trying to get back there and trying to hold everybody accountable,” Powell said. “So (if) people come out here slacking, it’s up to me and Vonn basically on the defense and in the secondary to keep everybody going.”The Buckeyes are set to conclude spring practice April 18 at Ohio Stadium with the annual Spring Game before opening the 2015 season on the road against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 7. read more

The RNL Manager criticizes Nielsen

← Previous Story 4.000 Argentinians watched the “Experts” Next Story → Paris – Ivry fusion? The manager of Rhein-Neckar Lowen, Thorsten Strom, has publicly criticized Jesper Nielsen, regarding his idea to move most of the RNL players to Copenhagen. He said that the team under Gudmundsson finally achieved continuity in the play, and that now Nielsen is now destroying it, even though he has promised everybody to keep the squad strong and solid, and instead he is doing exactly the opposite. Strom also expressed hope that the team plays in the Champions League next season through the “Wild-Card” chance, also adding that the team was better than Fuchse Berlin and should have perhaps ended 3rd. read more

Sheriffs office asks for help locating missing woman 57

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a 57-year-old woman who was last seen Monday.Dorena Johnson was released from the Clark County Jail to return to her care facility, however she never returned, the sheriff’s office said.Johnson suffers from mental health issues and is often confused. She was reportedly on medication, the sheriff’s office said.She is described as being 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 130 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.Anyone who locates Johnson is asked to call 911.last_img read more

Man 25 sentenced to 13 years for robbery

first_imgA Portland man who robbed two Vancouver pharmacies at gunpoint over the summer last year and attacked a fellow inmate in the Clark County Jail was sentenced Monday to 13 1/2 years in prison.Keith B. Woody Jr., 25, previously pleaded guilty in Superior Court to first-degree robbery with a firearm enhancement, second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the robberies. He also entered guilty pleas to fourth-degree assault and possession of a weapon by an inmate.On June 7, 2016, Woody entered the Walgreens Pharmacy at 2903 N.E. Andresen Road and pointed a handgun at a pharmacist while demanding money and prescription medications. He left with thousands of dollars in medication, according to a probable cause affidavit.Then, shortly before 3 p.m. Aug. 22, 2016, Woody and an accomplice, Keandre D. Brown, 20, also of Portland, entered the Mill Plain Pharmacy, 614 Mill Plain Blvd., with handguns and demanded items, including oxycodone, a separate probable cause affidavit states.An officer in the area saw the two men run toward a gold-colored car after the robbery, but they were gone by the time he arrived, the affidavit states.last_img read more

Winter shelter program to kick off 16th season

first_imgThe Winter Hospitality Overflow shelter system, otherwise known as WHO, kicks off its 16th season of providing overnight winter shelter with an event on Sept. 27.The kickoff takes place at 6 p.m. at one of the host shelters, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5607 N.E. Gher Road, Vancouver. Potential volunteers are welcome to meet the WHO team and learn more about service opportunities between November and March.“Last year, volunteers for the Winter Hospitality Overflow logged 11,817 hours, and we were blessed with donations from more than 45 groups, including local churches, schools, businesses and community members,” Carrie Thatcher, WHO outreach coordinator for St. Andrew Lutheran Church, said in a news release. “As one past volunteer shared: ‘The fuzzy feeling you get from helping others in this particular volunteer situation was beyond amazing.’ ”WHO seeks churches, service groups or other community members interested in volunteering. Six to eight volunteers are needed each night at the two shelters, St. Andrew and St. Paul Lutheran Church.Between the two sites, WHO served 10,602 bed nights last winter, a 6 percent increase from the prior season and the highest number of bed nights ever recorded, the news release said.last_img read more

Firmino urges Liverpool to bounce back at Brighton

first_imgLiverpool forward Roberto Firmino believes it essential they return to winning ways by beating Brighton on Saturday in order to stay on top in the Premier LeagueAfter ending 2018 with a spectacular 5-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield and remaining unbeaten in their opening 20 league games, the new year has brought a drastic change in fortunes for Liverpool.The Reds are winless in 2019 with title rivals Manchester City inflicting a first league loss on them last week before Wolves knocked them out of the FA Cup at the third round on Monday.Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Amex Stadium, Firmino stressed the importance of Liverpool rediscovering their winning touch ASAP with City only four points behind the leaders.“It’ll be a difficult game. Losing is obviously always bad; nobody likes to lose, and certainly not me,” Firmino told the club website.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But now we’ve got to bounce back. We’ve worked hard every day so we’re prepared for the weekend.“It’ll be a big game, a difficult game and we’ll do our best to get the three points.“That’s what the Premier League is all about – it’s intensely competitive. If the team at the top stutters, the second place will overtake them.“We know we can’t go to sleep and lose silly points. We must maintain our focus until the end of the season.”The Brighton and Liverpool game will begin at 16:00 (CET).last_img read more

Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry into pension costs and transparency

first_imgThe Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into whether enough is being done by those in the pension industry to provide transparency around charges, investment strategy and performance.The investigation follows on from the committee’s report published in April, in response to an earlier inquiry launched in September 2017, which proposed measures to facilitate a pension freedoms market that works better for scheme members.Announced on 3 August 2018, this new investigation aims to follow on from this work, and to take into account a consultation paper published by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in March 2018.The inquiry will be taking written submissions from all interested parties until 3 September 2018, and aims to discover whether individuals are able to get value for money for their pension savings, understand the charges being applied, are aware of the impact of costs on retirement outcomes, can see how their money is being invested, receive valuable advice from impartial financial advisers, and are engaged enough to use the information they are provided.The committee is asking a number of questions of its contributors, including whether higher cost providers do truly provide higher performance, how savers might be encouraged to engage, whether there are barriers to consumers going elsewhere if they are unhappy with their provider, and whether financial advisers are providing value for money.This inquiry has been launched in response to the rapid rise in enrolment in workplace pension schemes, which has created millions of new savers and a sharp increase in the demand for drawdown products and transfers out of defined benefit pension schemes, coupled with concerns about low levels of consumer engagement and understanding.last_img read more

Gig economy workers strike as Ubers employment status case hits the Court

first_imgIndividuals who work within the gig economy are undertaking a two-day march on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 October 2018, to align with transportation organisation Uber contesting the result of its employment status case at the Court of Appeal.In October 2016, the Employment Tribunal (ET) ruled in the case of Aslam and Farrar v Uber that the drivers concerned should be classified as workers rather than independent contractors. This  entitles them to receive workers’ rights, such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay. This decision was upheld by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in November 2017.A spokesperson at Uber said: “Almost all taxi and private hire drivers have been self-employed for decades, long before our app existed. A recent Oxford University study found that drivers make more than the London living wage and want to keep the freedom to choose if, when and where they drive. If drivers were classed as workers they would inevitably lose some of the freedom and flexibility that comes with being their own boss.“We believe the [EAT] last year fundamentally misunderstood how we operate. For example, they relied on the assertion that drivers are required to take 80% of trips sent to them when logged into the app, which has never been the case in the UK.“Over the last two years we’ve made many changes to give drivers even more control over how they use the app, alongside more security through sickness, maternity and paternity protections. We’ll keep listening to drivers and introduce further improvements.”Uber has now taken the case to the Court of Appeal; it is being heard on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 October 2018. The case will deal with the initial 25 claims from Uber drivers, but law firm Leigh Day states that it now represents 82 drivers, who are members of the GMB trade union, in the action against Uber.Nigel Mackay, partner at Leigh Day, said: “The employment tribunal made clear and well-reasoned findings, backed up by the evidence produced at the tribunal, including Uber’s own description of itself in publicity material as ‘a transportation network’ and ‘everyone’s private driver’.“It is very disappointing that Uber refuses to accept the employment tribunal’s judgement and instead continues to deny the GMB members that we represent their fundamental workers’ rights, including to be paid at least the national minimum wage and to receive paid time off. These are not unreasonable demands.“The appeal is of great significance not only to Uber drivers but also to millions of other workers in the gig economy and we hope that this can now bring this matter to a conclusion for the benefit of all workers.”Sue Harris, legal director at GMB, added: “While the [organisation is] wasting money losing appeal after appeal, their drivers are up to £18,000 out of pocket for the last two years alone. That’s thousands of drivers struggling to pay their rent, or feed their families. It’s time Uber admits defeat and pays up.“The [organisation] needs to stop wasting money dragging its lost cause through the courts. Instead, Uber should do the decent thing and give drivers the rights to which those courts have already said they are legally entitled.”Paul Jennings, partner at Bates Wells and part of the legal team representing Uber drivers who are members of the IWGB trade union, said: “Uber has acquired a dominant position within the market incredibly quickly. It has a fleet of over 40,000 drivers in London alone. A key issue in this case is whether Uber has mischaracterised the employment status of its fleet and in so doing failed to observe fundamental employment rights. The financial implications of this judgement could be very significant.”To align with the hearing, trade union The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has organised a two-day march, supported by fellow unions Momentum, the Communications Workers Union, War on Want, Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union and United Voices of the World to name a few.Those taking part in the march include drivers who work for Uber, couriers who work for Deliveroo, fast food workers and outsourced cleaners.The march started at the Transport for London headquarters and was designed to pass the Royal Courts of Justice, where Uber’s case is being heard. The march will also attend the University of London, where outsourced workers are currently striking to end outsourcing, and to NHS contractor The Doctor’s Laboratory (TDL), where couriers are campaigning for fair pay following pay cuts.TDL couriers are taking industrial action to reverse pay cuts implemented in 2015 and 2017, to have TDL cover their costs and to achieve a pay increase.According to the IWGB, TDL stated in June 2017 that it wrongly classified its couriers as independent contractors. The trade union undertook a collective bargaining unit, however negotiations failed to secure a deal. IWGB sought to reverse what it believed was a 30% pay cut in 2015, equating to a 15% reduction in take-home pay.The IWGB has further brought a holiday pay claim on behalf of 50 TDL couriers, who argue that they have been denied holiday time since 1999.Alex Marshall, a courier at TDL and chair of the couriers and logistics branch at IWGB, said: “TDL is happy to send millions to its investors and give its [chief executive officer] an inflation-busting pay rise, but continues to neglect the couriers that risk their lives every day to keep the business running. We demand more respect, which starts with TDL reversing the cuts and providing a modest pay increase.”Jason Moyer Lee, general secretary at the IWGB, added: “Precarious workers are getting hammered in this country. The protest is the articulation of the legitimate grievance of those who are being denied the basic rights and dignities at work that we should all be able to take for granted.”The Court of Appeal decision is expected in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Brawl in parliament shows Sri Lanka down into chaos

first_imgScuffles between Sri Lanka`s parliament members are seen during the parliament session in Colombo, Sri Lanka 15 November, 2018. Photo: ReutersSri Lanka appeared to have ground to a political halt on Thursday, with the speaker of parliament saying there was no functioning prime minister or cabinet after a no-confidence vote the previous day.His comments came after weeks of political turmoil in the island, off the southeast coast of India, culminating in noisy chaos on the floor of parliament on Thursday.Parliament passed the no-confidence motion against recently appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government with the backing of 122 of the 225 lawmakers in a voice vote, followed by a signed document.But President Maithripala Sirisena, in a letter to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, said he could not accept the no-confidence vote as it appeared to have ignored the constitution, parliamentary procedure and tradition.”We expect the speaker to be an independent speaker and not a close friend of your party or the West,” Rajapaksa told parliament. “We want a general election.”He also alleged the previous government led by ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was corrupt.”Since the no-confidence vote was passed yesterday, according to the constitution, the cabinet of ministers has been dissolved and no new prime minister or ministers appointed, today nobody will be accepted as prime minister or any other ministers,” Jayasuriya told parliament.In a letter to Sirisena, the speaker justified the vote of no-confidence, saying he had been forced to hold a voice vote after his pleas for a peaceful vote were ignored.Scuffles between Sri Lanka`s parliament members are seen during the parliament session in Colombo, Sri Lanka 15 November, 2018. Photo: ReutersSirisena, who triggered the crisis by firing Wickremesinghe and naming Rajapaksa to the job late last month, dissolved parliament last week and ordered elections to break the deadlock.But the Supreme Court ordered a suspension of that decree on Tuesday until it had heard petitions challenging the move as unconstitutional.Soon after his speech, Rajapaksa’s supporters poured on to the floor of parliament and disrupted proceedings.Then MPs from both sides gathered close to the Speaker’s chair, with a lot of shouting and hooting.The turmoil lasted almost 20 minutes after which Jayasuriya, failing to bring the house to order, left parliament without making any statement.After a meeting with party leaders, Jayasuriya agreed to convene the next parliament session on Wednesday, media reported. However, Wickremesinghe loyalists said there was no such agreement.Mahinda Samarasinghe, a Rajapaksa supporter, criticized the Jayasuriya for inviting foreign envoys to witness the proceedings, saying he was trying to destroy the perception of parliament.Security was beefed up around the parliament and 32 ministries in capital Colombo, police said, a day after Rajapaksa and his cabinet were voted out.Rajapaksa, under whose rule Sri Lanka achieved its 2009 victory in a decades-long conflict against rebels from the Tamil minority, is seen as a hero by many among Sri Lanka’s Buddhist majority. He has been accused by diplomats of human rights abuses during the war, which he denies.last_img

What You May Not Realize About The End Of TPS Status For

first_img Listen X Salvador Melendez/APA Salvadoran man reads a newspaper at a market in San Salvador on January 8. The newspaper headline reads: “The United States will decide today the future of TPS.”Many immigrants from El Salvador are in a state of shock. On Monday, the Trump Administration announced that it will soon be ending a humanitarian program that has allowed nearly 200,000 of them to live and work in the U.S. since 2001, after two earthquakes devastated their country. Now they worry for their future.But the potential pain is likely to prove just as acute in El Salvador. That’s because nearly all these Salvadoran immigrants work — and a huge share of them regularly send a portion of their earnings to family in El Salvador.“Approximately 80 to 85 percent are sending money back home,” saysManuel Orozco, a political scientist with the D.C. thinktank InterAmerican Dialogue.Orozco has spent decades tracking these money transfers — or remittances as they’re called — using government and financial firms’ data as well as detailed surveys he’s conducted. He estimates that about 150,000 Salvadorans with temporary protected status are sending remittances.On average each immigrant sends back $4,300 a year, says Orozco, for a grand total of more than $600 million annually.That’s more than official U.S. aid to El Salvador — and it amounts to about two percent of El Salvador’s GDP. If that doesn’t sound like much, consider that the country’s GDP has only been growing at about two percent a year over the last several years.Orozco says this means that, “in practical terms, if you were to stop this money, the economy couldn’t grow.”But he says even that statistic doesn’t quite capture the impact. Most significant is his finding that about 1 in every 20 households in El Salvador depends on these remittances to get by.Take Edyt Mendoza de Urqilla and her husband. She’s 58. He’s 62. They grew up poor in a small town. She was only able to study through eighth grade and is a homemaker. He works as a security guard, earning $300 a month. So they were already struggling when the 2001 earthquakes hit.“Our house was totally flattened. We lost everything,” she recalls.Fortunately for them their eldest child — a son — was in the United States at the time. He was there illegally and not earning very much. But then U.S. officials decided that — in consideration of the earthquakes — they would exercise their discretion to extend “temporary protected status” — or TPS — to unauthorized Salvadoran immigrants like de Urqilla’s son. So he was able to get a work permit. And this in turn, allowed him to land a better paying job remodeling bathrooms in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Soon he was helping his parents cover the cost of a modest new house in El Salvador.“At first he was sending us about $50 a month to help us pay it down,” says de Urqilla. “And he’s just given us $8,600 to pay off the remaining debt on it completely.”While TPS was originally granted to Salvadorans for just 18 months, successive presidents have repeatedly extended it. Trump administration officials say they deemed it appropriate to terminate the protection because El Salvador has now fully rebuilt from the earthquakes. This is a departure from the reasoning employed by previous administrations — which held that El Salvador remains unable to re-absorb the TPS holders due to other conditions that have worsened since the earthquake, such as drought, poverty and gang violence.Mendoza de Urqilla would agree. She says the money her son sends — about $500 a month, is still just enough to tide them over. All the more so now that her husband has retired and is down to a pension of $190 a month.“The salaries here don’t even cover our cost of food — let alone hospital costs when you get sick,” she says.She does have three other adult children in the U.S. But they haven’t been able to contribute as much because they arrived after the earthquakes and are in the country illegally — so they make less.Orozco says this is frequently the case for Salvadoran immigrants in the U.S. illegally. On average, Orozco finds, they send about 5 percent less in remittances per person compared to Salvadoran immigrants who have TPS.What will happen now that Mendoza de Urqilla’s son is set to lose his work permit too? It’s hard to say at this point. The administration has set September 2019 as the termination date for TPS for Salvadorans. But it has also explicitly suggested that Congress might wish to intervene to extend permanent legislative protection to the affected immigrants.Orozco also estimates about a fourth of the TPS holders have U.S.-born children — many of them adults. So at least some of these children might be able to find a way to sponsor their parents for eventual legal status.Mendoza de Urqilla says she’s still uncertain how her family will cope.“I’m so stressed out right now,” she says. “For my son. And for myself.” 00:00 /03:23 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. 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New Superantibiotic is an Microbebusting Megaweapon

first_imgStay on target Microbiologist Makes Colorful ‘Game of Thrones’ Sigils Art With BacteriaOil-Eating Bacteria Found in World’s Deepest Ocean Trench We may soon have a soon last-line antibiotic — vancomycin 3.0. Earlier versions were developed as far back as the 50s and have helped lead the fight against bacteria. The microbes have been fighting back, though, and hard. There are now more than a dozen types of antibiotic-resistant diseases, and we need new weapons in this war, fast. And that’s just what vancomycin 3.0 is for.Researchers are calling this new drug a “superantibiotic,” and it may be one of our biggest breakthroughs in the field in some time.Antibiotics are among the most important healthcare discoveries ever. With them, we can cure thousands of diseases. You can ask anyone who’s ever had strep throat and been prescribed amoxicillin just how quickly you can feel better once you’ve taken the first dose. These really are miracle cures — wonder drugs that have saved and will continue to save millions of lives… unless bacteria evolve faster than we can make counters.AdChoices广告Historically (by which I mean over the past few hundred million years), bacteria and fungi have been at war with one another. Mushrooms, just like you and I, can get bacterial infections and die. But the way fungi have developed along their evolutionary branch has given them a host of natural chemicals that are hyper-toxic to bacteria. For the past few decades, humans have been harvesting them for our own use. With them, we were able to all but eliminate deaths from major infections like staph.In our excitement, however, we’ve used far, far too many antibiotics and the microbes have developed near-immunity to even our most potent drugs. By synthesizing and mega-producing these chemicals, we’ve given the little fellas plenty of time to evolve counter-measures. It didn’t help that doctors, patients, and even ranchers have been extraordinarily cavalier with these substances, too. Doctors prescribe them too often, patients often don’t finish their scrip, and ranchers will give their livestock high-grade drugs that we’re supposed to hold back for critical, antibiotic-resistant infections in humans. The practice has created some terrifying new superbugs that we have little other defense against. That’s why vancomycin 3.0 is so important.But it goes a step further here. V3, as I’ve just decided to call it, isn’t just an upgraded antibiotic. That, as we’ve discussed, wouldn’t be that useful for long. In a few years’ time, we’d be giving it to cattle and swine and soon after start seeing the first resistant bugs. No, instead, V3 attacks bacteria in three different attack vectors at once, making it the antibacterial equivalent of a small nuke.The three-pronged attack is special because it means that even if a bacterium can handle one, it probably won’t survive all three. This dramatically cuts the odds that we’ll see future superbugs that can handle V3, which means we’ve bought other researchers more time to work on more permanent solutions to the bacteria problem with CRISPR or phages both of which, while powerful tools, will need a lot more research to bring to market.In the mean-time, scientists will be testing V3 to make sure it’s safe. First in animals, then humans — as always. But scientists are really confident they’ve leaped ahead of the microscopic competition.“Organisms just can’t simultaneously work to find a way around three independent mechanisms of action,” researcher Dale Boger told Science Magazine. “Even if they found a solution to one of those, the organisms would still be killed by the other two.”Boger worked directly on one piece of V3. His group worked out of the Scripps Research Institute in California. After that team discovered how they could, essentially, re-engineer vancomycin to be toxic to bacteria once again, other groups discovered that slight changes to the formula would still interfere with the basic functioning of bacterial cells. Then, all it took was to bring them all together into one chemical.Initial tests are stunning. Because bacteria reproduce so fast, they evolve very quickly. After just a few rounds of treatment, antibiotics generally won’t work. V3, however… oh V3… after 50 rounds, none of the bacteria had developed resistance.“What could possibly make this story better?,” I hear you asking. Well, we also largely produced this compound by working backward from what we already know works. Most antibiotics are discovered largely by trial and error. This represents a concerted effort to engineer a bacteria-killing mega-weapon from the ground up, and damn does it look promising.last_img read more