first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply By Trimmel Gomes, of the Public News Service – FL The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name herecenter_img TAGSAn Agenda for Florida WorkersFlorida Farmworkers Association Previous articleTo avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shiftNext articleFDA adds Florida to the list of states recalling cut melon due to salmonella Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Groups representing workers say it has been years since they’ve had an ally in the governor’s mansion – as such, they’ve unveiled “An Agenda for Florida’s Workers,” to serve as a roadmap of priority issues for the legislature and incoming governor.This year’s agenda by groups such as the Miami Workers Center and Farmworker Association of Florida is quick to point out that while the state’s economy has been growing under Gov. Rick Scott, pay has been flat and living costs have been rising.So they’ve outlined a list of 11 key priorities that current and future leaders should address.Rich Templin, legislative and political director for the Florida AFL-CIO, says one of them has to do with repairing what he calls the state’s worst-in-the-nation unemployment insurance system.“Unemployed workers, people who are unemployed through no fault of their own and desperately need these lifeline benefit payments, they don’t qualify for them because quite frankly the legislature working with the business community rigged the system so that no one would qualify,” he states.The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, which processes unemployment claims, defends the program by sending those in need to its website, floridajobs.org.However, after major storms like Hurricane Irma, most Florida workers and businesses were unable to access disaster unemployment assistance.The workers’ agenda also calls attention to empowering local communities to fight against preemption rules.However, Moné Holder, senior program director of policy advocacy and research with the The New Florida Majority, says there was one issue that topped the workers’ collective agenda.“Definitely wages and work condition,” she stresses. “You know workers, they work really hard to provide services for everyday people as well as to provide for their families and they should have the opportunity to have financial freedom as well a being protected and safe at work.”The group says workers earning Florida’s minimum wage of $8.25 an hour barely make $17,000 a year, which is not enough to cover the basics in the state.A recent survey published by Credit Loan showed Floridians support raising the minimum wage by nearly $4.Other issues in “An Agenda for Florida’s Workers,” include protecting immigrant workers and expanding job opportunities for people with criminal records. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

first_img News The Turkish-backed Syrian forces have abducted at least four journalists, holding each one for about a month on the pretext of “lacking a permit to take photographs.” They are still holding four other media workers – fixer Redwan Khalil and assistants Kaniwar Khelif, Hasan Khelif and Issam Abas – who were working for Al Hurra TV at the time of their arrest on 22 June. Ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, Syria was again the world’s most dangerous country for journalists in 2017. Receive email alerts (c) Hawar news Turkish forces have also been fighting Syrian Kurdish forces in northern Syria’s Afrin region, 250 km to the west, where Turkey’s military intervention began in January and where Turkish-backed Syrian opposition forces have carried out a series of abductions of journalists this year. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Turkish authorities to guarantee the safety of journalists during their military operations after shots fired by Turkish soldiers injured two Syrian Kurdish journalists in the border town of Tal Abyad, in northeastern Syria, on 2 November. Both were shot by a Turkish sniper, according to the ANHA/Hawa news agency which told RSF that the Turkish forces were just a few dozen metres away from the reporters – close enough to tell from their cameras and microphones that they were journalists. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en “Combatants must respect UN Security Council Resolution 1738 on the safety of journalists in armed conflicts, and must not target them or detain them as if they were participants in the conflict,” said Sophie Anmuth, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The Turkish authorities must accept that this imposes obligations on them, both with regard to their own armed forces and the groups they support.” SyriaTurkeyMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central Asia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsHostages June 9, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa June 8, 2021 Find out more News Organisation to go further Ibrahim Ahmad and Gulistan Mohammed, who work for the Syrian Kurdish news agency ANHA/Hawa, sustained gunshot injuries while covering the clashes between Turkish and Kurdish forces and the Turkish army’s cross-border bombardment of the town.  The condition of Ahmad, who was hit in the leg, is stable, but Mohammed’s condition is much more worrying because the bullet struck her in the face. June 3, 2021 Find out more SyriaTurkeyMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central Asia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsHostages News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Help by sharing this information News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 November 7, 2018 – Updated on November 8, 2018 Turkish gunfire wounds two Syrian Kurdish journalists in northeastern Syrialast_img read more

first_imgThe Communications and Information Ministry is set to test its planned restrictions on illegal cellphones using the devices’ unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers before it implements the new restrictions fully in April.The ministry’s director for standardization of informatics and postal devices, Mochamad Hadiyana, said the government would start the trial restrictions on Monday.“God willing, we will do [the test] today,” he said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com. The trial was initially planned for Feb. 13 to 14, but was delayed because of a debate over the test’s implementation and success indicators.Separately, cellular operator XL Axiata spokesperson Henry Wijayanto confirmed that the provider would work with the ministry to conduct the IMEI restriction test on Monday.The ministry’s service quality and standards harmonization sub-directorate head, Nur Akbar Said, said five cellular operators would take part in the test.The test will be conducted using an equipment identity register (EIR) machine, which is used to detect an illegal phone’s IMEI number. Nur added that the test would be conducted on dummy phones and would not disrupt phones that had already been connected to cellular servicesIn October of last year, the government issued a regulation allowing a national IMEI system to identify illegal cell phones and require operators to block them from networks. Illegal cell phones are commonly sold on the black market both overseas and in Indonesia.Communications and Information Ministerial Regulation No.11/2019 requires cellular network operators to identify their users’ devices’ IMEIs and report the data to the government’s National IMEI Management System.The national system will separate illegal devices and put them on a “blacklist”, where cellular operators will restrict cellular connections. Users can also ask that their lost or stolen devices be put on the blacklist. The phones can be whitelisted in the national system if found. (mpr)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgStatewide—Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced his 2020 Next Level Agenda, which focuses on improving the lives of Hoosiers with better health, improved career opportunities and a better place to live.“Because of the hard work of Hoosiers, Indiana has become a destination of certainty and stability, but we can’t stop there,” Gov. Holcomb said. “As I travel the state, I hear people concerned about rising health care costs, the increase in youth vaping, and our education system. My goal is to listen to their concerns and find solutions to build a bolder, brighter future.”The 2020 Next Level Agenda includes five pillars detailing both legislative and administrative priorities for the year ahead.Cultivate a strong and diverse economyTo continue strengthening our economy, Gov. Holcomb’s 2020 agenda focuses on transforming how we tell Indiana’s story by elevating Indiana’s profile within and outside the state with joint branding and promotion efforts with the private sector and the new Indiana Destination Development Corporation with the goal of attracting more jobs and more people. The state will also build a 21st-century defense innovation ecosystem to triple federal defense investment in Indiana by 2025.Maintain and build the state’s infrastructureThe 2020 agenda is designed to connect Hoosiers with reliable infrastructure. To accomplish this goal, Gov. Holcomb’s $1 billion Next Level Connections program expands broadband service to unserved areas in Indiana, grows the state’s systems of trails and creates more nonstop international flights. The 2020 agenda also focuses on preserving our highways and decreasing distracted driving by enacting a hands-free device driving law.Develop a 21st-century skilled and ready workforceGov. Holcomb will continue to make finding long-term sustainable solutions to improve teacher compensation a top priority by supporting the Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission. The 2020 agenda also includes identifying unfunded mandates and unnecessary requirements in K-12 education for elimination in 2021, holding schools harmless for ILEARN scores, changing career-related teacher professional growth points from required to optional, and redesigning our prison education system to better prepare Department of Correction offenders to re-enter society.Public health and the drug epidemicGov. Holcomb is calling for raising the age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 and enhancing enforcement to prevent underage buyers. The 2020 agenda also includes providing healthcare price transparency for consumers via an “All-Payer Claims Database,” protecting consumers from surprise medical bills, improving mental health services at schools and hospitals, and incentivizing more community paramedicine programs. In the fight against the drug epidemic, the Governor wants to add more recovery housing for Hoosiers coping with substance use disorder. The state will continue to work toward becoming the best state in the Midwest for infant mortality by 2024 by protecting pregnant workers by providing more workplace accommodations.Deliver great government serviceThe 2020 agenda saves Hoosiers more than $125 million in borrowing costs by using $300 million in cash now to fund capital projects. Additionally, Gov. Holcomb will simplify how Hoosiers reach out for health and human services assistance by integrating the 2-1-1 helpline into FSSA call centers.“These aren’t just lofty goals – they are solutions to improve the lives of Hoosiers around Indiana,” Gov. Holcomb said. “We are charting a bold course for our state to become the absolute best place in America to grow as an individual, a family, a business and as a community.”last_img read more

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas taunted his doubters following Chelsea’s Champions League triumph against Valencia.The Blues boss was under intense pressure ahead of the game at Stamford Bridge, where a defeat or score draw would have sent his team out of the tournament.Didier Drogba’s brace helped Chelsea to a resounding 3-0 win and they ended up finishing top of their group, enabling Villas-Boas to round on those who suggested his future would be in doubt if Tuesday’s result went against him.AdChoices广告“It was a win of human values, spirit, solidarity, responsibility, strength of character and ability to take criticism,” he declared.“This is a great win for Chelsea’s players. They deserve respect which they don’t get. We’ve been continuously chased by different kinds of people and different kinds of pressure. Maybe today we’ve given everybody a slap in the face.“There is a continuous persecution of Chelsea – continuous aggressiveness towards one club. We’ve become your [the media’s] target. We accept that, but you have to accept it was a brilliant win.“That’s unfortunate for you, because it means you will have to report a brilliant win for Chelsea.”Villas-Boas acknowledged that early goals from Drogba and Ramires were crucial in terms of easing the pressure on his players.“It [Drogba’s opener] gave us a full boost of confidence and to get the second goal not long afterwards made the team even more confident,” he said.Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgMelvin Gordon says critics of his ability have given him fuel to prove he is “not an average running back.”The two-time Pro Bowler signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Denver Broncos on March 26 after leaving the Los Angeles Chargers, whom he will now meet twice a season in the AFC West. “I started out slow and being able to catch my stride toward the end of the season, but then it’s too late.”It was tough [after coming back], I definitely felt like I ruined some relationships. At times it definitely was difficult.”I kind of felt some tension walking around, but I just tried my best to keep a smile on my face and just show up for work every day. Obviously, I can’t take back what I did, it was done. And now I’m here.” Gordon did not start his 2019 season until Week 5 after a tense contract holdout failed to land him the lucrative long-term extension he was seeking. His position wasn’t helped by Austin Ekeler’s fine displays in his absence.NFL FREE AGENCY: SN’s top 50 players, tracking signingsIf he had his time again, Gordon would not hold out, but his focus now is on proving people wrong and bouncing back from a season in which he averaged just 3.8 yards per carry.”Oh, it’s huge,” Gordon said of the chip on his shoulder in a conference call with reporters. “I just feel like a lot of people just doubt my talent as a back. During the holdout, a lot of people were saying, ‘Oh, he’s an average back, he’s not this, he’s not that.'”Just this year, people are like, ‘Well, he’s not the back that he was’. No one takes into account that I didn’t have my center, or I didn’t have my left tackle. We had guys that were hurt and just in and out. I didn’t have really my starting linemen, my best linemen. No one cares about that, and nor should they, but some players they give that excuse for.”Some players they give them an excuse — ‘Well, they didn’t have their line, but he’s still a great player.’ Then you have some players that are in my position where they don’t care if you have a good line, or if your line is hurt or not. You’re not what you are. You’re an average player.”I’m going to take that and I’m going to use it as fuel, because I know what type of player I am. I want to show that and I am going to show that. I’m going to show everybody that I’m better than just average.”OFFICIAL: We’ve signed RB Melvin Gordon.Welcome to #BroncosCountry, @Melvingordon25! pic.twitter.com/OI72JaZLDw— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) March 26, 2020Asked if he would hold out again, Gordon said: “I probably would come back.””Just because my legacy of what I’m trying to do as a player and the mark that I’m trying to leave,” he added. “Obviously, those are games I can’t get back.last_img read more

first_img1 Accrington have announced the surprise exit of James Beattie as manager.The former Everton and Southampton striker, who earned five England caps during his career, took his first job in management at the Store First Stadium in May 2013.Despite failing to win any of his first 12 league games in charge of Stanley, he earned acclaim for keeping the club in the Football League last season and was heavily linked with the vacancy at Oxford towards the end of that campaign.Although they had started the new season in similarly poor fashion, last weekend’s 3-2 victory over Tranmere took them out of the bottom two in League Two.However, in an announcement on Friday night, Accrington confirmed Beattie’s tenure would be ending with immediate effect.“It is with a hugely heavy heart that I decided to end this journey,” Beattie said in a statement.“I can never fully repay the faith and backing I got from the players, my staff and of course the fans – who always gave me 100%.“I thank them from the bottom of my heart for granting me the opportunity and privilege to be part of your unique club.”Carlisle, Blackpool and Leeds are currently searching for new managers and the fact Beattie’s statement indicated it was his decision to depart suggests he may not be out of work for long.Assistant manager Paul Stephenson will take charge of Accrington’s League Two game against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. Former Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie last_img read more

first_imgA two-car crash collision has occurred near the main Ballyshannon and Donegal Town road.The crash happened around 2:45pm at the turn of for Cashelard.The road is currently blocked at the scene of the accident. It is not understood if anybody has been seriously hurt in the collision.Emergency services are currently on route to the scene.Road blocked after crash near Ballyshannon was last modified: June 12th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Eureka Loggers showed why they are the hottest team on the North Coast on Saturday, shutting out the McKinleyville Panthers 4-0 in the Charlie Lakin Memorial Tournament championship game at the Arcata Sports Complex.The shutout win was the second in three days at the tournament for the Loggers, who have now won 11 of their past 13 games and have likely secured a home playoff game in the process.More importantly for a team that has played a tougher schedule than any other Division-III …last_img read more

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.And now for something completely different — a high-profile, decorated basketball star who is not demanding a trade, tampering with another team’s alpha baller, hissy-fitting over his playing time or airing grievances on social media.Welcome back, Andrew Bogut.Surely you’ve heard the news. Bogut is rejoining the Warriors for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. It’s an unexpected reunion for the agreeable …last_img read more