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Rebellion against banks rocks Spain

first_imgGamonal residents demand prisoners be freed. Burgos, Spain.A mid-January mass rebellion in one neighborhood of a mid-sized city in north-central Spain beat back a rightist City Hall government and sparked solidarity protests in nearly 50 other cities. This first working-class victory since the capitalist crisis exploded in 2008 has turned the name of the area — Gamonal — into a cry of resistance that could reverberate from Athens to Detroit.Historically an independent village, Gamonal later developed as the industrial area of the city of Burgos and became its main working-class residential neighborhood, filled with apartment houses. The capitalist collapse of 2008 closed the factories and left 80 percent of Gamonal’s residents unemployed.Burgos is a city of 180,000 people. Like most of Spain today, the whole city suffers high unemployment. Growing poverty has replaced working-class stability. As in the U.S., many were evicted, their homes turned over to the banks, so that now most people between 30 and 55 years old are living with their parents. In addition, the parents’ pensions have been frozen by the national government, which is enforcing “austerity” on behalf of the biggest European banks.The right-wing Popular Party — which governs the Spanish state — also heads the city government of Burgos. To fill the coffers of a powerful construction company, this government ordered a large street to be torn down and replaced by an unneeded boulevard.Besides squandering $11 million and slowing traffic, the new setup eliminated already scarce and inexpensive parking spots. The plan was to replace them with expensive private parking spaces beyond the reach of the unemployed residents. They would cost up to $26,000 for a 40-year lease. ­(publico.es, Jan. 14)Many left analysts have said this was the straw that broke the camel’s back, the drop that overflowed the vase. It was one abuse too many.Gamoral’s community organization said 5,000 residents joined a demonstration on the afternoon of Jan. 13. When it was over, some 2,000 remained and occupied the construction area to prevent machinery from entering. (publico.es, Jan. 13 and 14) The next night, police began to attack and arrest demonstrators at random, with no restraint on their brutality.Instead of stopping the protests, the police assault just brought out more people, who became furious with the police and with the banks that own the city — much as the banks now own Detroit in the U.S.Leftist groups called solidarity demonstrations in at least 46 cities in all regions. The state authorities insulted and baited the demonstrators, charging them with planning violent and barbaric acts.Most of those joining the demonstrations were workers fed up with the rapid impoverishment of a quarter of the ­population.Burgos Mayor Javier Lacalle blamed the resistance on “outside agitators” from “ultra-left groups” who came from other parts of the Spanish state. It turned out, however, that all those arrested were from Burgos, and for once the corporate media contradicted the authorities. The mayor finally conceded and said the demolition and construction would stop, as the city could not guarantee safety at the site.The residents are celebrating the victory, which they know may only be temporary, and are continuing to demand the mayor resign and that the 46 residents still held in prison as of Jan. 19 be released. Those on the left analyzing “the lessons of Gamonal” can’t resist remarking that the street (“la calle”) beat Lacalle.The group Red Roja, paraphrasing a remark by Argentine/Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara about the Vietnamese liberation struggle, called for “two, three, many Gamonals.” (redroja.net, Jan. 18)Many of Spain’s 6 million unemployed are undoubtedly hoping that Gamonal is no accident. And given the similar situation throughout Greece and Portugal and in many other European and U.S. cities under the gun of the banks’ austerity, if this is the start of a general rebellion, why should it stop at Spain’s borders?FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Turkey : Danish reporter convicted of “terrorist propaganda” for photo shared on Facebook

first_img June 4, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Organisation Coban told the court: “I grew up in Denmark and I work for Danish media. Certain subjects regarded as terrorism by Turkey come under the freedom to inform and freedom of expression in my country. If I had wanted to propagandize, my profession would have given me many opportunities. I have no links with any terrorist organization.”Although her prison sentence was suspended and she should be allowed to leave Turkey soon, her lawyer has decided to appeal. Coban’s lawyer tried in vain to get the court to respect Turkey’s undertakings to the European Court of Human Rights and to apply the judicial reform legislation that took effect last October, which is supposed to guarantee free speech and press freedom. Help by sharing this information February 28, 2020 – Updated on February 29, 2020 Turkey : Danish reporter convicted of “terrorist propaganda” for photo shared on Facebook The court ruled that Coban had tried to “legitimize” Kurdish organizations on the grounds that they were “supposedly involved in humanitarian actions.” “This journalist’s conviction is the latest example of the Turkish government’s misuse of its terrorism legislation,” said RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu, who attended the trial. “The government’s reforms will only be credible if judicial independence is clearly guaranteed and judicial abuses of this kind stop.” “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says TurkeyEurope – Central AsiaDenmark Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceInternational bodies WomenInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan After a Turkish court convicted a Danish reporter yesterday of “terrorist propaganda” for sharing a photo on Facebook, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Turkey’s judicial harassment of journalists, including foreign correspondents, who cover the situation in Kurdistan and Kurdish forces operating in Syria. Under Turkey’s terrorism law, the dissemination of information about Kurdish armed groups operating in Turkey and Syria is punishable by up to seven and a half years in prison, because Turkey regards them as terrorist organizations. At least 33 journalists were given prison sentences under this law last year.center_img Sultan Coban, a Danish journalist of Kurdish origin who works for the Danish public TV channel TV2 and used to report for the Copenhagen daily Berlingske, received a 15-month suspended jail sentence from the court in the central city of Konya in a trial completed in a single hearing.The photo share by Coban was taken by Danish parliamentarian Serdal Benli in the Syrian city of Manbij in August 2016, and showed civilians fraternizing with Kurdish members of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a mainly Kurdish militia which, at that time, was helping to liberate northern Syria from Islamic State occupation. It was accompanied by the words: “An image that says more than a thousand words: in Manbij, darkness is replaced by the light of freedom and the colours of life. Thank you to these courageous men and women who let us live this experience and these extraordinary moments #YPG.” Receive email alerts Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia to go further Turkey is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News News June 8, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more News TurkeyEurope – Central AsiaDenmark Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceInternational bodies WomenInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment DR last_img read more

Man appears in court charged with murdering his wife in Sligo

first_img Twitter Man appears in court charged with murdering his wife in Sligo Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook A 32 year old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his wife in Sligo.Natalia Karaczyn’s body was discovered on the outskirts of the town on Tuesday, two days after she was reported missing.Rafal Karaczyn of Crozon Park in Sligo appeared in court charged with the murder of the 30 year old mother of three.Dressed in a red hoodie he sat with his head in his hands and was visibly upset throughout the hearing, and was comforted by members of Natalia’s family.Sergeant Cathal Duffy told the court that the accused made no reply when he was arrested, charged and cautioned at Ballymote Garda Station shortly before 8 o’clock last night.His barrister asked that he be put on suicide watch while in custody, and the court heard this application was supported by the family of the deceased.Judge Kevin Kilraine agreed -he was granted free legal aid and was remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court tomorrow. Twitter Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – May 3, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleRuaille Buaille le Colm Feiritéar 1/5/18Next articleVoting underway to elect new MP for West Tyrone News Highland WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Emperors on thin ice: three years of breeding failure at Halley Bay

first_imgSatellite imagery is used to show that the world’s second largest emperor penguin colony, at Halley Bay, has suffered three years of almost total breeding failure. Although, like all emperor colonies, there has been large inter-annual variability in the breeding success at this site, the prolonged period of failure is unprecedented in the historical record. The observed events followed the early breakup of the fast ice in the ice creeks that the birds habitually used for breeding. The initial breakup was associated with a particularly stormy period in September 2015, which corresponded with the strongest El Niño in over 60 years, strong winds, and a record low sea-ice year locally. Conditions have not recovered in the two years since. Meanwhile, during the same three-year period, the nearby Dawson-Lambton colony, 55 km to the south, has seen a more than tenfold increase in penguin numbers. The authors associate this with immigration from the birds previously breeding at Halley Bay. Studying this ‘tale of two cities’ provides valuable information relevant to modelling penguin movement under future climate change scenarios.last_img read more

Sri Lanka, US Navies Discuss Common Challenges

first_img View post tag: americas View post tag: discuss View post tag: Sri Lanka View post tag: Naval Sri Lanka, US Navies Discuss Common Challenges Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka, US Navies Discuss Common Challenges View post tag: asia He is attending the 21st International Seapower Symposium (ISS), which is being held at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.The biennial symposium this year is held under the theme, “Global Solutions to Common Maritime Challenges”. It provides a forum in which naval leaders can discuss issues of mutual interests and concerns.During the proceedings of the symposium hosted by the Chief of Naval Operations of the US Navy, the Commander of the Navy was able to meet a number of naval chiefs from the region as well as across the globe and hold cordial discussions, sharing perspectives on common interests.[mappress]Press Release, September 17, 2014; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Common View post tag: UScenter_img September 17, 2014 The Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera met the Chief of Naval Operations of the US Navy, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert during his official visit to the United States of America. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Navies View post tag: challenges Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor/Research Associate- Anesthesiology Research

first_imgThe Department of Anesthesiology at the University of MarylandSchool of Medicine is recruiting highly motivated research facultyspecializing in basic, translational and clinical research.Candidates should have a strong record of scholarly activity.Expected rank is Assistant Professor or higher; however, rank andtenure status is dependent on candidate’s qualifications.Candidates whose research complements existing department programsare preferred. Details regarding our research programs and facultycan be found at the below link:http://www.medschool.umaryland.edu/Anesthesiology/Research/UMB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Allqualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race,color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteranstatus, age, or any other characteristic protected by law orpolicy.Qualifications :Please reference this recruitment advertisement and position numberin your cover letter. Interested candidates should use this onlineportal to submit their cover letter, CV and contact information forthree references.Qualified applicants must have a doctoral degree, professionalexperience consistent with the faculty rank of Assistant Professoror higher and a track record of independent research funding formdiverse sources.last_img read more

Helfrich Park Teacher Receives October Cause for Applause

first_imgHelfrich Park STEM Academy Teacher Chris Combs is the October recipient of the EVSC’s Cause for Applause award. The award seeks to recognize individuals who go above and beyond their normal job responsibilities.Combs was nominated by a parent of a new sixth grade student who was nervous about the transition to middle school. Over the summer, the parent had shared her concerns with Combs who took it upon himself to help ease the transition.“Mr. Combs contacted me right before the beginning of the school year and offered to give my son a personal one-on-one tour of Helfrich Park, walk his schedule and answer any questions we may have while the building was still quiet,” wrote his nominator. The nominator goes on to say that Combs also has stayed after school to help her son with school work.“I am blown away that someone would take time out of their personal schedule to help my son and our family. Mr. Combs’ selflessness, helpfulness and understanding speaks volumes to his character and what a great asset he is to not only Helfrich Park, but to the EVSC as a whole.”Anyone can nominate an employee of the EVSC for the award. Deadline for nominations is the third Friday of each month. To nominate an EVSC employee, go to www.evscschools.com and click on About Us and see Cause for Applause under Community. Paper forms are available at the schools for those without access to the Internet.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Academy of Crop Production

first_imgFrom unmanned aerial vehicles to remote-sensing greenhouse control systems, nursery and greenhouse growers explored the future of the green industry as part of the inaugural Academy of Crop Production (ACP), held June 12-15 in Athens, Georgia.Hosted by the the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) and the University of Georgia Department of Horticulture, part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the three-day conference offered advanced training on topics including greenhouse business, employee management, pathogen control, ornamental breeding programs and new technology.The conference brought together dozens of green industry leaders from the Southeast and across the country, with 18 leading horticulturists from 14 universities.“The Academy of Crop Production was the direct result of listening to floriculture and nursery growers from across the nation who overwhelmingly wanted an educational event that addressed topics that were of value to them,” said Matt Chappell, associate professor and UGA Cooperative Extension nursery horticulturist. “Horticulture events often focus on consumers simply because there are more of them. To be successful, UGA and trade associations like the Georgia Green Industry Association need to equip producers with information that makes their businesses more profitable and sustainable.”The new conference draws on the excitement surrounding annual UGA events like the Trial Gardens at UGA’s annual industry open house, held on June 15, and created a fun and valuable event for Southeastern ornamental growers, said Chris Butts, executive director of the GGIA. Organizers have already set the date for next year: June 19–21, 2017.“The ACP provided growers with a unique learning experience focused on providing a comprehensive examination of important issues ranging from technical growing problems to keeping employees motivated,” Butts said. “No other conference covers such a wide range of topics while still providing detailed, technical solutions to make attendees better growers. The variety of topics and speakers makes this a one-of-a-kind offering that provides the industry an exceptional product at a great value.”For more information about this year’s program, visit http://t.uga.edu/21R. For photos from the conference, visit flickr.com/photos/ugacommunications.last_img read more

Sanders supports Shumlin on health care reform

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has voiced his support for a proposal that Governor Peter Shumlin presented to Vermont lawmakers Tuesday to move the state toward a single-payer health care system.‘I applaud the governor for presenting his health care proposal to the Legislature and I look forward to working with him. With 50 million Americans uninsured and the cost of health care soaring, Vermont can be a model for the nation as we move toward a Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care system,’ Sanders said.Sanders introduced legislation on January 25 to help the state use a new national health care law to enact a single-payer system. Senator Patrick Leahy is a cosponsor of the Senate bill, and Representative Peter Welch introduced companion legislation in the House.Under the national bill, states would be able to seek waivers from the US Health and Human Services Department three years sooner than allowed under the new federal health care law. States could qualify for waivers only for plans that are at least as comprehensive and affordable as the federal model and cover at least as many people. States could not offer lower quality or less affordable coverage. Source: Sanders’ office. 2.8.2011last_img read more

Want to serve on a Bar committee?

first_imgPreference forms available online Want to serve on a Bar committee? December 1, 2005 Regular News Want to serve on a Bar committee? The annual committee preference form for Bar members seeking appointments for the presidential term of President-elect Hank Coxe will again only be available on The Florida Bar’s Web site.The forms will be posted at florida bar.org beginning December 1. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802, and request a form to be mailed or faxed to you.To apply to serve on a committee, members will have to fill out the committee preference form and submit it online, eliminating the need to mail or fax in the completed form. The preference form is presented in its usual Internet format and should only take a minute or two to complete and submit.The move to an electronic committee preference form saves the Bar approximately $10,000 a year.“Our profession — now over 75,000 strong — faces unprecedented and exciting challenges with the public and our members,” Coxe said. “Effectively responding to these challenges should be a combined effort of all Florida lawyers. The Florida Bar invites you to participate by completing and forwarding your committee preference form.“This is an opportunity to be involved in the work of The Florida Bar,” he added. “Service on a Florida Bar committee is a demanding and important responsibility, yet meaningful and rewarding. It is an opportunity to participate in decisions that are important to our profession and to work with lawyers with similar interests.”Coxe said many factors are considered in making the committee appointments, including, “Prior service to The Florida Bar and voluntary bars; securing new members; and diversity of gender, ethnicity, geography, and areas of practice. Prior levels of committee participation and contributions, in addition to committee chair evaluations, are also considered.”There are roughly 500 appointments to be made, and typically 5,000 Bar members apply.If you are currently serving on a standing committee, check the Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org to determine when your term expires. If your term expires in 2005, you must complete a new form to be considered for reappointment. If you are not currently on a standing committee, and wish to be appointed, complete the form and return it prior to January 13, 2006. If you are serving on a substantive law committee and wish to continue to do so, you also must complete and return this form by January 13, 2006, to retain membership on that committee.“You are encouraged to apply and may rest assured that you will reap the rewards of your efforts,” Coxe said. “We will do our best to accommodate as many applicants as possible and apologize in advance to those we are not able to appoint. We look forward to working with you in the upcoming year as you help to improve our profession.”last_img read more