The climate crisis is a working-class issue — and the working class has the power to stop it!

first_imgThis statement was distributed at climate strike actions by the International Workers’ Solidarity Network.We’re all angry. All of us at these actions worldwide know our future depends on dealing with climate change. The conversation that matters now is: Who is responsible for it — and who can fix it?Here and abroad, the impact falls disproportionately on the most oppressed: communities of color, especially Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, women and gender-oppressed, the LGBTQ2S+ community and youth. Most of us are workers, including  youth and students. The wild weather patterns and unnatural disasters leave their heaviest mark on us.Can capitalism fix the problems it creates?Some in the climate movement simply put the blame on “human activity” without putting it squarely on big oil, big coal, the auto industry, utility firms and the banks they borrow from — or the world’s biggest polluter, the Pentagon.And some would even suggest that appealing to the profit motive — convincing capitalists that weaning themselves off fossil fuels is good for business or subjecting them to “climate pricing” — can solve the crisis. That’s naive thinking. Capitalists caused global warming and they can hardly be trusted to reverse it. They calculate short-term economic gain without regard for the huge carbon footprint their profit-taking actions are leaving. Only they have the means to escape the consequences.Working-class solidarity to save the environmentEnvironmental activists, mostly youth, have called for “climate strikes” Sept. 20 and 27. This is a real step forward. Strikes have won higher wages, pensions, union recognition and the like. But there are also political strikes, such as May Day 2006 when millions of im/migrants and their supporters forced the defeat of an anti-immigrant bill in Congress.Let’s keep the climate strike conversation alive beyond Sept. 20-27 — not just in schools but on the job, in unions, in our communities. And we need to fight environmental racism, defend Indigenous land claims and demand self-determination for oppressed nations suffering the heaviest impacts.The climate crisis is a working-class issue. We understand this. That’s why several New York City labor organizations are urging union members to support the climate strike. That’s why Amazon workers are walking out to protest the way the company has contributed to the climate crisis. We have the power to protect life on the planet. Nothing moves without us! And mass actions are what bring real change.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

OCHS Has Talent And Generosity

first_imgFormer President Lia Palapanis and Vice President Katelyn McLaughlin with Current President Alina Chiccarine and VIce President Avi Rabia We would like to thank everyone who came out on Friday night to support our students at the annual OC’s Got Talent, benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as Senior Scholarships for Key Club.  Our event was able to raise $4,400 from ticket sales, refreshment sales, and donations.  As always, it’s incredibly gratifying to receive the amount of support, donations, and encouragement that we received.Vice President Avi Rabia and Judge Meteorologist Dan SkeltonAs always, not only did our performers work incredibly hard on their acts, but the Key Club students, volunteer Tech Crew, and volunteer Stage Crew went above and beyond by working on every last detail to put this talent show together to benefit a great cause.  Watching our students interact together and support each other with their acts shows once again that our students are truly a class act.  One of the greatest things about being a teacher is being able to interact and guide our students after the school day has ended.1st place: Sara Ruth “O Mio Babbino Caro” – from Gianni Schicchi (Vocal Opera- Solo) A shout-out to Mark Kolmer and John Riordan who put together hilarious and engaging monologues as our hosts of the evening.  Another highlight of the event came with screams and cheers when Jeff Hoffner came out to open and pretend to again host the show; what a great guest judge!A huge thanks to administration, especially Dr. Wendy O’Neal and all of the teachers who took the time to volunteer at our event;  we couldn’t have done it without your help: Amy Kohl for putting together the Teacher/Student Dance, Dan Weaver for dancing and again judging due to popular demand, volunteers Nicole McMaster, Beth Kelly, Megan Riordan, Carole Maurer, Kate Vanderschuere, Jill Geller, Rosemary Millar, and Kelly Halliday.I would also like to extend a SPECIAL thank you to Steve Trauger for managing the Stage and Tech crew during all of the auditions, rehearsals, and the final performance.  Thank you Heather Cox for taking amazing shots for the yearbook and Greg Wheeldon/Steve Trauger for promoting our show on the OC Current. Finally, thank you to Gail Pendleton, Herb Snyder, Anthony Johnson, and the custodial staff for all of their support and hard work.Another successful year has come and we look forward to putting on OC’s Got Talent next year!– Ashley Schmid, ESL K-12, Key Club Advisor, & Multicultural Club Co-Advisorlast_img read more

Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea transfer target’s options assessed

first_img 7 7 Click the right arrow, above to see Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s transfer options assessed… – Arsenal, Manchester United, Juventus, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been linked with a move for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who offers creativity and goals, having assisted 15 and scored 11 in the Bundesliga last season. So where is the best place for the Armenia superstar? Liverpool – This one, quite frankly, is extremely unlikely. Klopp took Mkhitaryan to Dortmund in 2013 and in his second season, which saw the German side struggle in the Bundesliga, the player hit out at the manager’s tactics and labelled him a ‘football madman’. And, backed up by the statistics, Mkhitaryan has revealed he loves life under Thomas Tuchel. Manchester United – As Jose Mourinho looks to rebuild the Red Devils, it’s reported he’s keen on Mkhitaryan and the player is up for moving to Old Trafford. Borussia Dortmund have reportedly turned down a £19m bid, but is he right for Man United? The player himself enjoys being allowed freedom to create and attack, which is exactly what Mourinho didn’t allow Juan Mata to do at Chelsea, with the Portuguese wanting players with a good work ethic, to help his pragmatic side. He could fit in if played on the right flank, but may still not quite see eye-to-eye with The Special One. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a wanted man and a transfer away from Borussia Dortmund seems more likely by the day.The Armenian star has spent three seasons in the Bundesliga after starring for Shakhtar Donetsk.Now he could be on the move again as he refuses to sign a new deal at the Westfalenstadion.His agent Mino Raiola says Borussia Dortmund had agreed to let the player move clubs. But, speaking to ESPN, their chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke claimed the Mkhitaryan will see out his contract.Arsenal, Manchester United, Juventus, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been linked with a move for the 27-year-old who offers creativity and goals, having assisted 15 and scored 11 in the Bundesliga last season.So where is the best place for the Armenia superstar? Click the right arrow above to find out… Arsenal – At the end of the Premier League season, Alexis Sanchez appeared enlivened with a role on the right flank. Any move by Arsene Wenger to land Mkhitaryan would likely see the Chilean shifted back to the left, which could leave him underperforming again. It will be a balancing act but Wenger might just be able to pull it off. His productive goal and assist figures would also solve a problem which neither Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could. Borussia Dortmund – If Watzke is right and the player does remain at the Westfalenstadion, he’ll have a fight on his hands for a starting spot. French starlet Ousmane Dembele has signed for the club and is just as versatile, although more geared to scoring goals than assisting. A record of 12 strikes and five assists make him extremely promising and it may be unwise to hinder his progress, while fellow new signing Emre Mor could also be stopped from getting game time on the right flank. Maybe it is time for Mkhitaryan to move… Juventus – With the Serie A giants striving to win a sixth straight Scudetto, they may well seek to tinker with their midfield this summer. Mkhitaryan would certain add some competition and may be able to add more goals to a team which only hit 75 last term, compared to rivals Napoli (80) and Roma (83). The signing of Miralem Pjanic, though, makes this slightly unlikely, unless they were to sell Paul Pogba. 7 7 Chelsea – Willian was the stand out player for the Blues last season as his industrious displays on the right flank helped them during their time of need. If it wasn’t for the Brazilian they could have done even worse. But Mkhitaryan may end up being his direct opponent if he signs for the south west London club. The Armenian can play as a no.10, though, and this could spell the end for another Brazilian – Oscar. His versatility will also be important for incoming manager Antonio Conte, who could favour a 3-5-2 formation. 7 7 7last_img read more

Enthusiastic Donegal students take on Gaisce adventure journey

first_imgYoung Gaisce participants from Donegal concluded four days of hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, swimming and army assault courses last Friday as they took part in the annual Defence Forces Adventure Challenge.The young recruits aged between 15 and 17 were put through their paces by personnel from the 2nd Brigade Artillery Regiment of the Defence Forces, who led the Gaisce participants through a host of incredible adventure challenges, training and team-building exercises.Yvonne McKenna, CEO of Gaisce – The President’s Award said: “We are delighted to partner with the Defence Forces on the 32nd Defence Forces Challenge. “Due to the leadership and generosity of the Defence Forces, 30 Gaisce participants from all over Ireland experienced a unique insight into military life first-hand.“These young people pushed themselves to their limits, and in the process, developed skills, built confidence and created friendships and memories to cherish.“We congratulate them all on their achievements.”The once in a lifetime opportunity kicked off for the young people at the Custume Barracks, Athlone before moving to the Curragh, Co. Kildare and finishing on Friday after the participants completed their final challenge of conquering the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Commenting on the challenge, Defence Forces Spokesperson, Lieutenant Ian Gallaway said: “The foundation of all Defence Forces training is our values of Physical Courage, Moral Courage, Integrity, Selflessness, Loyalty and Respect.“We hope that we can help to develop those values in young people who take part in the Gaisce programme.”The Defence Forces Adventure Challenge shows young people just what they can achieve when they step outside their comfort zone.Gaisce Bronze Award Holder Grace O’Rourke, who recently became the only female to complete RTE’s Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week, addressed the participants at a special ceremony recognising their achievements on Friday.O’Rourke first became interested in the Defence Forces when she took part in the Gaisce Defence Forces Challenge as a teenager. Commenting on the Challenge she said: “It is all the small lessons from setbacks that have helped me grow and conquer challenges that I never thought I was capable of.“It is from the setbacks that you can take the most feedback. It is in not quitting and applying this feedback to your next challenge that builds you and helps you progress further.”Enthusiastic Donegal students take on Gaisce adventure journey was last modified: June 9th, 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

Latest: Chelsea 2 Hull 0 – Blues close in on another win

first_imgDiego Costa’s eighth goal in seven home Premier League appearances kept Chelsea on course for victory against 10-man Hull.Costa coolly found the bottom corner after a lovely move soon after Tom Huddlestone was sent off for a dangerous over-the-ball challenge on Filipe Luis in an increasingly feisty game.Chelsea led at the break thanks to Eden Hazard’s fine header from Oscar’s inviting seventh-minute cross following some great work by John Mikel Obi.Mikel, who replaced the suspended Cesc Fabregas in midfield, won possession and then found Oscar on the left wing and the Brazilian’s centre was expertly guided in.But having gone ahead, Jose Mourinho’s league leaders failed to create many clear chances with their main threat coming from the ever-willing Branislav Ivanovic and the trickery and class of Hazard.Hull recovered from a shaky start and threatened on occasions, with Sone Aluko blasting their best opportunity over the bar from distance.Costa was almost gifted a one-on-one chance after a defensive lapse, while Gary Cahill was cautioned for a clumsy challenge that stopped Aluko 30 yards from goal.But the Spaniard’s calm first-time finish, after Huddlestone was red-carded, settled the nerves after the break. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Eco-Smart employees live ‘waste not, want not’

first_imgLise Kuhle (centre) with some of the Eco-Smart employees: The bags and pencil cases the group manufactures are made from old building wraps and billboards used for advertisingOne man’s trash is another man’s treasure; for Lise Kuhle, founder and director of the Eco-Smart Group, the old adage is true; she’s turned waste into a profitable, socially responsible business, creating jobs, and smaller businesses, along the way.“I designed a recycling bin a few years ago and that recycling bin sold pretty well, so I started thinking of what would go into the recycling bin and all the stuff that couldn’t be recycled,” says Kuhle. Enter Eco-Smart, which uses salvaged, recyclable and non-recyclable waste materials to produce useful everyday items such as bags, dog beds, geyser blankets, lunchboxes, cooler bags and back packs.“So basically it’s looking at stuff that I can use as a raw material to make something else that’s substantial but isn’t a craft, which is what we don’t do,” explains Kuhle.The bags and pencil cases the group manufactures are made from old building wraps, post industrial waste chip and peanut packets, foam and fabric waste and billboards used for advertising. Depending on the order, the products are covered in alternative fabrics to disguise these waste elements.The raw materials like building wraps and billboards are often made from durable PVC, which is also used to make sewerage pipes, pool pumps and insulating sheaths for electric cables.EMPOWERING JOBS AND NEW BUSINESSThe labour-intensive process of turning waste materials into functional everyday items allows the group to hire relatively unskilled workers, generating much-needed employment for people living in the informal settlements around the Germiston industrial area, where the company is based.These employees are trained on the job, and can opt to remain with Eco-Smart as fulltime manufacturing employees, as trainers, or to branch out and open their own businesses selling Eco-Smart products, or as entrepreneurs in their own right.Eco-Smart employees learn how to use domestic- and industrial-grade sewing machines to make aprons and dresses using discarded materials like old pillow cases, or stitch bags and pencil cases made from PVC.Employees also learn carpentry.An Eco-Smart employee next to Kuhle’s colour coded recycling binsWHY WASTE?Kuhle says repurposing waste works very well because “you don’t pay for the raw materials; all the raw materials are donated, but there is still a value in waste and that value isn’t lost”.“We don’t have to pay for the raw material so our major cost is labour and that’s great for job creation.“Here with the skills development we train them [employees] to make things that don’t look like they were made from waste and have a retail value so that they can make money and also give some money to the centre because we trained them.”SUSTAINABLE AND EMPOWERING BUSINESSESThis pay-it-forward system makes the group sustainable, and provides funding to train new employees. It empowers employees to create their own source of income and reduces the organisation’s dependence on donations and sponsorships.To further assist employees, Eco-Smart has a daycare centre where employees’ children are cared for while their parents are at work.PLAY YOUR PARTTo view Eco Smart products, learn more about Eco-Smart, or find out how you can donate materials to support operations, visit its website, or email [email protected]last_img read more

Rabo AgriFinance

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 2015 Trade TalkThe Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory Group’s Don Close about what cattle producers and cattle feeders can expect in the coming months. (Aired 11/13/15)RaboBank Don CloseStephen Nicholson is Rabo AgriFinanace’s Grains and Oilseeds Analyst and he talks with Ty about the current markets and the land value outlook. (Aired 11/16/15)Rabo AgriFinance Stephen Nicholsonlast_img read more

The New York Times Expands Flipboard Apps To Android & Kindle Fire

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#Kindle Fire dan rowinski The New York Times is expanding its mobile footprint. The Gray Lady announced today that it is launching its digital content on Flipboard to both Android and Kindle Fire tablets. The Times Flipboard content had previously only been available on the iPhone and iPad.In conjunction with its new Kindle Fire and Android Flipboard streams comes the Times’ own particular blend of pay walled content. The top news section of the Times will be free but in order to access other content from the publication, a digital subscription is required. The Times offers its with smartphone apps access for $3.75 a week billed every four weeks ($15 per month). To lure readers in, the Times offers the first four weeks for $0.99. The Times continues to be a leader in monetizing digital content distribution on mobile devices, a problem that has plagued the news industry since the advent of Apple’s App Store in 2008. The publication has moved through the white space of the mobile distribution channels with iPhone and iPad apps, Windows Phone and Android and now a specific partnership with Flipboard on Android and Kindle Fire. The Times dubs its mobile distribution strategy “NYT Everywhere.”From an aesthetic standpoint, the Gray Lady is still indeed… gray (the term Gray Lady was long ago applied to the New York Times because of its high ratio of print to graphics). Flipboard is an excellent app for showing off visual elements of online content but perusing the New York Times with the app still gives readers loads of text accompanied by the occasional picture.The NYT Everywhere campaign is an interesting choice for the Times. Many publications are actually getting out of the native app game and going towards the mobile Web for distribution, creating sites that employ responsive design and HTML5. The Boston Globe has focused much of its mobile strategy on responsive design and The Financial Times infamously pulled its app from the Apple App Store and went 100% to the mobile Web. We at ReadWrite have also forsaken the native app route and built our site to be completely responsive. How do you read your news? Do you go to a publications app or its mobile website? Do you use third-party apps like Zite, Pulse or Flipboard? Let us know in the comments. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Serena Williams wins 3rd straight in singles at Hopman Cup

first_imgSerena Williams of the United States stretches during her match against Britain’s Katie Boulter of the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Thursday Jan. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)PERTH, Australia — Serena Williams stepped up her Australian Open preparations with a straight-sets victory over Britain’s Katie Boulter on Thursday to complete an unbeaten Hopman Cup campaign.Williams cooled off after a strong start but prevailed with a 6-1, 7-6 (2) victory in 78 minutes to level the tie between the United States and Britain in Group B.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The 37-year-old’s hopes for a record third Hopman Cup title ended when the United States were eliminated after losses to Greece and Roger Federer-led Switzerland.Williams slowly built momentum in her first tournament back since melting down at the U.S. Open Final in September as she eyes a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“It was definitely good to play three singles matches here, and the mixed (doubles),” Williams said.A sluggish Williams started slowly in victories over Maria Sakkari and Belinda Bencic, but breezed through the first set against a beleaguered Boulter in just 24 minutes. Pro wrestling interviewer ‘Mean Gene’ Okerlund dies SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Watched on by her daughter Alexis Olympia, the sweet-hitting Williams found her groove through an array of powerful forehand winners to overwhelm the 97th-ranked British player.The one-sided contest took a surprising turn when Boulter broke Williams early in the second set but she was unable to consolidate on serve. Williams was made to work before putting the foot down in the tiebreak.Earlier, Cameron Norrie upset Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (4), 6-0. It ended a miserable tournament for the 20-year-old Tiafoe, who won just one set in his three matches.The No. 91-ranked Norrie was impressive in Perth, highlighted by defeating Greece’s No. 15-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas in his opening match.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

Campus Insiders Projects College Football AP Top 25 Poll

first_imgNational Championship in Tampa Bay for 2017.Who will win enough games to compete for this?College football expert Phil Steele projected what the preseason AP top 10 will look like yesterday. You can see that here. Another outlet has done the same, but expanded to the complete top 25. Pete Fiutak of Campus Insiders and has projected what the first AP poll of the 2016 college football season will look like. Who will enter next season No.1 in the AP [email protected]‘s Post-Spring Projected Top 25:— Campus Insiders (@CampusInsiders) May 11, 2016Here’s his projected top 25:1. Clemson  2. Alabama  3. Michigan  4. Florida State  5. Oklahoma  6. Ohio State  7. LSU  8. Notre Dame  9. Tennessee  10. Georgia  11. Michigan State  12. Baylor  13. Oregon  14. Houston  15. Florida  16. USC  17. TCU  18. Wisconsin  19. Oklahoma State  20. Stanford  21. Iowa  22. Ole Miss  23. Louisville  24. UCLA  25. Nebraska You can view his full explanation for the rankings here.last_img read more