On the picket line

first_imgFast food workers strike in IowaA few hours before the Jan. 28 Republican presidential primary debate in Iowa, fast food workers walked off the job in the state’s first fast food workers’ strike. Several dozen workers and supporters blocked traffic and marched through the streets of Des Moines to demand a $15 minimum wage and a union.Childcare worker Alexis Wright joined the protest to show class solidarity. “I’ve lived in Iowa my whole life,” she said, “and in the past 10 years, our cost of living has gone up so much, but our wages haven’t gone up any.” Iowa’s minimum hourly wage, among the lowest in the country at the federal minimum of $7.25, leaves even full-time workers unable to afford child care. “Fight for $15” organizer Terrence Wise addressed the politicians: “If you’re not supporting $15 an hour and affordable child care, you won’t get our vote.” (thinkprogress.org, Jan. 28)Airport workers protest on MLK DayAirport workers, including baggage handlers and janitorial workers,  predominantly people of color, commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18, with protests in at least 10 cities. They demanded $15 an hour, benefits and a union. Joined by the Service Employees union, workers blocked traffic in Washington, D.C., to call attention to widespread poverty wages in the industry — the minimum hourly wage is $6.75. David Tucker, who, after 54 years working as a skycap at Reagan National Airport, only makes $3.77 an hour, explained, “All my children are grown, so it’s not like I need a whole, whole lot of money, but $15 an hour is not a whole, whole lot of money.” (wusa.com, Jan. 18)D.C. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton joined the action and stated: “Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers who faced inhumane conditions at work and poverty wages. I want to carry on the King legacy by standing with airport workers … whose jobs have been contracted out to companies paying shamefully low wages.” (dclabor.org, Jan. 18) Statistics show that the average hourly wage declined 45 percent after the airlines, which 10 years ago employed these workers, outsourced jobs to contract companies.Bill to protect dairy workers in Wash. stateWashington state dairy workers, supported by the United Farm Workers and state labor and faith groups, held a vigil on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, at the state Capitol in Olympia to announce the introduction of House Bill 2484. The landmark dairy safety bill is needed to end deaths and rising injury rates at Washington dairies.During a hearing on the bill, Alberto Garcia, who worked in the dairy industry for 20 years, described being trampled by a bull for 30 minutes with no one around to help him. He ended up in a coma in a Seattle hospital with severe internal injuries and barely survived. Since then, he has suffered physically and psychologically, and his family has suffered financially. “I don’t want that to happen to other families because there is no safety and training for the workers,” Garcia told the House committee. (The Stand, Jan. 19)Fight for Nabisco jobs in ChicagoIn July 2015, Nabisco, a subsidiary of global snacking powerhouse Mondelēz International, announced it would invest $130 million in a plant in Salinas, Mexico, instead of investing in its historic Southside Chicago Nabisco bakery, unless the workers came up with $46 million in annual savings in perpetuity. To do that, the workers, members of the Bakery union (BCTGM), would have to take wage and benefit cuts of $22 to $29 an hour every year. If the company, which raked in more than $30 billion in 2014, moved Oreo and eight other product lines to Salinas, Chicago would lose 600 good-paying jobs.Join the fight to keep Nabisco jobs in Chicago by signing the BCTGM petition at tinyurl.com/hnbnvln. The petition is addressed to Mondelēz CEO Irene Rosenfeld, who banked $21 million in 2014, for a total of $170 million over the past eight years. Equal pay for all women workersBecause the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed on Jan. 29, 2009, that date is commemorated by women’s, union and legal groups to mark the continuing struggle for equal pay for women workers. Ledbetter successfully sued Goodyear Tire for discrimination, but the Supreme Court overturned the ruling in 2007. The fight for equal pay persists. Today women make only 79 cents for every dollar a white man makes, with women of color making much less. The struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment continues. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Citigroup Nears $7 Billion Deal to Resolve Mortgage Probe

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Citigroup Nears $7 Billion Deal to Resolve Mortgage Probe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 7/9/2014 Next: Castro Confirmed as HUD Secretary Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Derek Templeton Citigroup Nears $7 Billion Deal to Resolve Mortgage Probe Citigroup Department of Justice Mortgage-Backed Securities Settlement 2014-07-09 Derek Templeton Tagged with: Citigroup Department of Justice Mortgage-Backed Securities Settlement The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Derek Templeton is an attorney based in Dallas, Texas. He practices in the areas of real estate, financial services, and general corporate transactional law. His experience includes time as an Attorney Adviser for the U.S. Small Business Administration and as General Counsel for a nonprofit organization in Dallas. A self-avowed “policy junkie,” he has a keen interest in the effect that evolving federal policy has on the mortgage, default servicing, and greater housing industries. Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Citigroup is close to a deal with the Department of Justice to resolve allegations that the bank sold defective mortgage backed securities in the lead up to the financial crisis, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal late Tuesday night.Citing people familiar with the matter, the report claims that the settlement negotiations are getting close to finalizing a settlement of $7 billion. Officials from Citigroup and the Justice Department both declined comment on the ongoing negotiations.According to people familiar with the matter, the deal will include $4 billion in cash payments to the federal government, with the rest coming in the form of borrower relief. The negotiations had been stalled until Citigroup reportedly upped their cash offer from $1 billion recently.The deal would be the latest in a series of agreements between the government and major banks as the Justice Department seeks to apportion blame and repay the taxpayers for the part that the banks played in the events that caused the large scale economic downturn of the previous decade, a hole that the economy is still trying to dig out of to date.The agreement could also  put more pressure on Bank of America to settle its own ongoing negotiations with the Justice Department. Talks between the two stalled last month. Last November, J.P. Morgan agreed to pay a record $13 billion. The government is said to be seeking more from Bank of America because the company issued more securities whose failure had a larger impact on the economy.According to the report, the government was initially seeking $10 billion from Citigroup, closer to the deal that it got in the J.P. Morgan settlement, because it argued that, even though Citigroup issued fewer securities, the securities that it did offer performed much worse and had a greater detriment to the economy than securities offered by other banks.More settlements are likely to be forthcoming. Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago July 9, 2014 820 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Subscribelast_img read more

Mourinho says ‘fantastic relationship’ enables him to criticise players

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his strong bond with his players means he is completely comfortable criticising them in public.Mourinho has been quick to question some of his star names – notably Eden Hazard – in recent months.But the Portuguese said the relationship is better for being open and honest – and compared it to the bond he had with his squad in his first stint as boss from 2004.“It is part of my job to find the best strategy to get the best out of my players,” Mourinho said.Click here for five reasons Chelsea’s visit to Selhurst could be very different this time around“I love to praise players publicly and I don’t love to criticise, but sometimes by strategy or by frustration with a bad performance or result I do it.“The most important thing is the personal relationship. When you have that you can criticise. A manager, coach, friend or wife criticises you for your good.“I have a fantastic relationship with them. It reminds me of the relationship I had at Chelsea with the first group of guys.”Mourinho was particularly harsh on his players after last season’s away loss against Saturday’s opponents Crystal Palace – one of five defeats against teams outside the Premier League’s top eight.He praised the defence but questioned the commitment and fight of some of his attacking players after the 1-0 reverse.“We lost last season because they were better than us in every aspect of the game,” Mourinho said. “It was one of these games where I deserved to lose.“We have more personality to impose our game now. We have to try to play our game and not their game because in their game, they are better than us.“We are a good team and we know that, but we know we have a long way to go and a long way to improve.“We are in the most difficult competition in the world which is the Premier League. Here any result can happen at any stadium.“I am not in hell when things are not going well and I am not in paradise when things are going well.”See also:Mourinho unhappy with players after drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Who Needs Embryonic Stem Cells?

first_imgCells can be “reprogrammed” to act just like embryonic stem cells, a Nature stem cell blog called The Niche reported.  This eliminates the need to use viruses or inserted DNA to induce the cells to become pluripotent.  The resulting cells are “morphologically indistinguishable” from embryonic stem cells, the article said.    The prior week, Nature News reported that work is going “fast and furious” on induced pluripotent stem cells, in which adult cells can be made like embryonic stem cells without the need to create and destroy human embryos.  Martin Pera wrote for Nature last week that these induced stem cells from adult tissue are safer than embryonic cells: “New techniques circumvent a roadblock to the production of embryonic-stem-cell-like lines from adult tissue.  Such reprogrammed cell lines should be much safer to use for therapy.”1  Science Daily reported on Canadian researchers who produced a large number of laboratory stem cells from a small number of blood cells obtained from bone marrow.    Another discovery may remove the need to use stem cells from any source.  Science Daily reported that a Stanford team succeeded in turning skin cells into muscle cells, and vice versa, bypassing the need for stem cells.    Despite these advances, some researchers continue to press for more funding and freedom to tinker with human embryos.  The FASEB journal editor thought the Stanford study would “complement” the use of embryonic stem cells.  And Nature News seemed delighted that Japan is cutting the red tape for scientists to work on ES cells.  By only getting permission from their local institution, Japanese scientists will now be able to do almost any experiment on human embryos – including cloning.  Starting this month, “the ministry will also free up the previously forbidden creation of cloned human embryos, although only for basic research into serious diseases.”    In the United States, scientists continue to be “smitten” with President Obama’s relaxed policies on stem cells, increased funding, policies on global warming, and trust in scientific institutions.  Jeff Mervis wrote for Science May 1, “Obama Courts a Smitten Audience at the National Academy.”2  NAS President Ralph Cicerone expressed the mood of the meeting by saying, “the speech was inspiring and credible.  We are extremely lucky to have him in the White House.”  The biggest applause line was not about the new Apollo-benchmark funding levels, but his promise that “under this Administration, the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over.”    Meanwhile, the President is working to reverse former President Bush’s environmental policies, reported PhysOrg.  Neither Nature nor Science seems to have any criticism of Obama.  President Bush, since the day he took office, was routinely railed in these journals for allegedly mixing ideology with science.  Bush had sought the guidance of leading scientists and ethicists when formulating his policy on stem cells.  When Obama swept those restrictions aside with the stroke of an executive-order pen, “the big question became how far scientists could go,” reported PhysOrg.1.  Martin F. Pera, “Stem cells: Low-risk reprogramming,” Nature 458, 715-716 (9 April 2009) | doi:10.1038/458715a.2.  Jeff Mervis, “Obama Courts a Smitten Audience at the National Academy,” Science, 1 May 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5927, pp. 576-577, DOI: 10.1126/science.324_576a.How to spot a liberal: look for someone in a dream world who thinks everybody else is dreaming but them.  Liberals think they have no ideology; only conservatives do.  Liberals believe they have no religious motivation; only conservatives do.  Liberals think they uphold scientific integrity but call conservatives ideologues.  Liberals think of themselves as children of the Enlightenment but consign conservatives to the Dark Ages.  Liberals are positivists; conservatives are constitutionalists.  Liberals equate science with its institutions; conservatives equate science with evidence.  Liberals look for the scientific consensus; conservatives look for the one who can prove his case with facts.  Liberals believe science should rule the state; conservatives believe science should serve the people.  Conservatives believe in the power of the vote; liberals look to the power of judges or presidents that can hand them what they want by decree.  Conservatives want open debate to air both sides of each question; liberals think letting the public hear only their side is “fair” – they try to shut up conservatives by calling opposing views “politically incorrect” or “religiously motivated.”  Liberals praise tolerance but are intolerant of conservatives.  Liberals denounce hate, but scream vile epithets at conservatives.  Liberals impose uniformity of thought but praise diversity as the highest good.  Liberals started the Free Speech movement but now enforce speech codes on campus.  Liberals exalt their favorite atheists but consider themselves non-religious.  Liberals worship idols (like life-emergent molecules and Charles Darwin) but call their religion “secular.”  Now apply this picture to the creation-evolution issue and everything becomes clear.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Pioneer Field Report: Keep growing degrees, wet weather in mind

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood catches up with Pioneer Field Agronomist Alex Knight for this week’s Pioneer Field Report. The two talk wheat stands and how they’re holding up to this year’s unique weather. Growing degree days and units are also something to keep in mind this year, especially as time starts to slip away from planting season.last_img

Legal with Leah: Sky Lanterns

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Listen to Legal with Leah, a podcast featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discussing topics impacting farmers and landowners.TranscriptTy Higgins: Sky lanterns have been around for centuries. They’re usually part of a celebration, oftentimes mistaken for UFOs. But as majestic and harmless as they may seem, they come with the possibility of unforeseen dangers and rules to help mitigate the problems they could cause. This is Legal with Leah. Along with Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis, I’m Ty Higgins and Leah, these sky lanterns are becoming more common and popular in rural Ohio, so much so that there are certain steps that need to be taken in order to set them off. We’ll get to that later. But first, explain what these sky lanterns look like and how they work. They’re kind of miniature hot air balloons, so to speak.Leah Curtis: So they’re usually a paper lantern. It usually has some sort of wick in the middle that you can light. So there is usually an open flame inside of it. I believe, you know, I’m not a physics expert. I went to law school. Not that type of school (laughter). But, I think the flame helps it rise and it flies through the air. Since I think the Disney movie ‘Tangled’ came out, they’ve even become more popular. People like to set them off. So they’re popular for weddings and things like that.Ty Higgins: They’re amazing to look at. I mean, they float effortlessly across the sky. There are hazards that come along with sky lanterns. What are some of the things that they’re causing havoc because of?Leah Curtis: First, of course, it is an open flame. And, you know, right now in this year, it’s been really wet, but a lot of times of the year, it’s very dry and also windy. And that can cause, of course, some sort of fire, just a brush or grass. If it would land on a home or a building, that also could be problematic. And then even if the flame goes out before it lands, you then have the trash everywhere. And that trash can 1) just be a pain to clean up, but 2) if livestock would try to eat that or ingest it, that may also make them sick or could probably even kill them. So it is something that can cause a lot of problems for a landowner if it shows up on their property.Ty Higgins: With all that said, it’s not illegal to light up a lantern and send it on its way, but there are steps that have to be taken in order to do so.Leah Curtis: So technically, a sky lantern is considered a flame effect for the purposes of the Ohio Fire Code. And so a permit is needed to be able to set those off for any audience. And from what I can tell and from I’ve seen, an audience is basically more than one person. So you have to go through a permit with your local fire department that would include a plan, probably an inspection. You may also need to have somebody from the fire department present when you’re setting them off. So there is kind of a lot that goes into that.Leah Curtis: And if you are thinking… If you have a venue where you want to set those off or you think you want to send them off for an event, you really should be working with your fire department well in advance to make sure you have the proper permits in place.Ty Higgins: And just because you have a permit doesn’t mean something bad couldn’t happen on the other end. When you get a permit, does that shield those who set off lanterns from any type of damage should it occur?Leah Curtis Most likely not. So, of course, there are some criminal issues that could apply. Now, maybe the permit would cover you for some of that. But as far as private damage to a private landowner, that certainly could still be the basis of a lawsuit between that private landowner and whoever set them off for things like trespassing or property damage as well.Ty Higgins There are civil and criminal penalties that could happen because of sky lanterns?Leah Curtis: Yes. So, first of all, there is negligently starting a fire. So if a fire would occur from this, you could be found guilty of that. It is a misdemeanor. There also, of course, is the crime of arson, which is recklessly setting a fire and causing fire damage or a risk of physical harm from fire. And that, of course, is also a misdemeanor depending on the value of the property that’s damaged, though, it could be up into a felony. Well, you know, you’re probably not going to see that from a lot of sky lanterns, but it could happen if you had a very windy, dry day. And let’s say a hay field catches on fire or something. That could be not just from a value perspective problematic, but from a danger to life, a problem.Leah Curtis:  So the fire department and the fire marshal are probably going to be looking at what can occur from that to that person who let this off.Ty Higgins:  If I’m a property owner, what options do I have if a sky lantern inadvertently finds its way onto my property?Leah Curtis:  Well, you may want to contact your fire department and they can tell you if there had been any permits. So that may help you find out who had those sky lanterns, because that’s kind of the first problem. If you do know who it is, you may have an action against that person, a lawsuit for trespass. We often think of trespassing as somebody coming on our property. But trespassing actually can be anything coming on your property, too, including trash and debris and that kind of stuff. So you may have a civil claim from that. If there has been any property damage that, of course, can also be involved. You’d want to talk with an attorney about the specific facts and determine if that’s a possibility and if it makes sense given the cost, but certainly you do have some recourse in that vein. You may also want to contact, of course, the authorities, your sheriff, if you see lanterns and you are worried about possible damage or problems. I would call the sheriff and the fire department both if you see them up in the air and you’re concerned about them.Ty Higgins: You mentioned that permit maybe having some traceability as to where they originated from. But if you don’t get a permit, these things can travel for miles and miles and miles. And God forbid, it does some damage you may never find out where they came from in the first place.Leah Curtis: Yeah, and that’s the real problem with them, is that they can go so far and it’s not like somebody’s name is written on them, unless maybe it was for a wedding or something, they put someone’s name on them. So that is always going be the struggle. That’s why we want to encourage people who do want to use them, do it the proper way, not just so it can be traced but so it can be safe because we want it to be safe for everybody. You don’t want your celebration ending up causing pain or problems for someone else.Ty Higgins: Anytime you and I visit, it’s because a member has called and has raised some concerns about a certain issue. So where can our members find resources about sky lanterns in case they find themselves dealing with a situation where a lantern comes down on their own property?Leah Curtis: Well, certainly we’ll have information from our discussion today on our website. And as always, our members, when they have questions about these issues, should contact their county office. Their county office can get them in touch with our staff here in Columbus, and we can help them with those questions as they come up.Ty Higgins: Leah Curtis, policy counsel here at Ohio Farm Bureau. This has been Legal with Leah.last_img read more

London Olympics 2012: Michael Phelps wins 200 IM for record 16th Olympic gold; Ryan Lochte takes silver

first_imgMichael Phelps added to his medal collection with his first individual gold of the London Games, and handed Ryan Lochte a double disappointment on his rival’s final night in the pool.Phelps set the tone right from the start Thursday to become the first male swimmer to win the same individual event at three straight Olympics, capturing the 200-meter individual medley for his 20th career medal – and 16th gold. He touched in 1 minute, 54.27 seconds, just off his winning time in Beijing, but still good enough for gold.Lochte settled for silver and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh took the bronze.So a farewell games that started as a bit of a disappointment for Phelps is definitely looking up. He’s now won two golds and two silvers in five races – not up to his standards when he went 8-for-8 in China four years ago, but a fitting capper to a brilliant career that still has two more events to go.In fact, as soon as Phelps finished off Lochte, he hopped out of the pool and headed to the nearby diving well to warm down, knowing he still had a semifinal of the 100 butterfly before the night was done. He was the top qualifier in that one, setting up a rematch in Friday’s final against Milorad Cavic – the outspoken Serbian who still seems to think he got to the wall first in Beijing but lost by a hundredth of a second.Lochte had gone through the same warm-down routine just a few minutes earlier, trying to pull off an impressive double 31 minutes apart. He came up short in both races, fading to bronze in the 200 backstroke behind fellow American Tyler Clary, then touching after Phelps in the medley.advertisementPhelps’ reaction wasn’t a water-pounding celebration, just a dazed smile and a definite look of relief. He seemed to be soaking it all in, relishing a gold of his own in London with his previous victory coming in the 4×200 freestyle relay.”Going into every call room, I said it’s my last semifinal or my last prelim or my last semi of the 100 fly, so tonight is the last semi ever,” said Phelps, who plans to retire from swimming as soon as he touches the wall for the final time in London. “We’re kind of chalking up all the lasts of certain things.”Lochte shook hands with his rival before crawling out of the pool for the last time at these games. In a symbolic gesture, he tossed his cap and goggles into the crowd, his work done. His final tally: two golds, two silvers, one bronze and a fourth-place finish – impressive, but undoubtedly shy of what he had predicted would be “my time.”This time still belongs the Phelps. At least for a couple more days.”Ryan has probably been one of the toughest competitors I’ve swam against, all-around competitors,” Phelps said. “We’re seeing a lot more competitors coming up.”Rebecca Soni made quite a splash, too, on a night dominated by the Phelps-Lochte showdown.Tearing through the water in her favorite pink suit, Soni set her second world record in as many days to defend her Olympic title in the 200 breaststroke. She finished in 2:19.59, breaking her own mark of 2:20.00 set in the semifinals.Soni broke into a big smile when she saw the time, racing the clock more than she was anyone in the water. Japan’s Satomi Suzuki took silver, more than a second behind at 2:20.72, while Russia’s Yulia Efimova claimed bronze in 2:20.92.”I’m so happy,” Soni said. “I can’t believe I did it.”Ranomi Kromowidjojo carried on the Dutch tradition of producing top sprinters and prevented a red, white and blue sweep of the night, taking the 100 freestyle in an Olympic-record 53.00. Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus claimed the silver in 53.38, while the bronze went to China’s Tang Yi in 53.44.American teenager Missy Franklin got off to a terrible start – she was last at the turn – and couldn’t rally. She finished fifth, two-tenths off the podium. The other U.S. swimmer, Jessica Hardy, finished last in the eight-woman field.”I’m really unsatisfied about the time, but a gold medal is a gold medal,” Kromowidjojo said. “I’m really happy with the gold medal.”In Soni’s victory, South Africa’s Suzaan van Biljon led at the first turn, but the American quickly seized control on the second lap. She was comfortably ahead by the second turn, then turned on the speed for the record.”It’s been my goal since I was a little kid to go under 2:20,” Soni said. “That’s when my coach told me you’re going to be the first woman to go under 2:19. I’ve been chasing it ever since. I’m just so happy.”advertisementWhile Lochte couldn’t hold on in the backstroke, it was still quite a night for the Americans. Clary rallied on the final lap to pull off the upset in an Olympic-record 1:53.41. Japan’s Ryosuke Irie also got by Lochte on the final stroke, taking silver in 1:53.78. Lochte’s time was 1:53.94.”You always have big dreams in your head that you think you might be able to pull off something like that,” Clary said. “The fact that it just came to fruition is something that hasn’t even processed in my mind yet. The fact that I’m now an Olympic champion and Olympic-record holder is something that is very humbling. It’s also very motivating for the next four years.”Last year, Lochte looked as though he had surpassed Phelps at the top of the swimming world when he captured five gold medals at the world championships. The Floridian didn’t come close to that total at the Olympics, failing to defend his Olympic title in the 200 back and coming up short of Phelps again in the 200 IM.Lochte won his first race of the Olympics with a dominating performance in the 400 IM on the opening night of swimming, but that was his biggest highlight. He failed to hold on in the anchor leg of the 4×100 freestyle relay, leaving the Americans with a silver, and he finished off the podium in the 200 free.He did pick up a relay gold in the 4×200 free.last_img read more