Syracuse, N.Y.: Immigrants organize for justice

first_imgAt Frazee Farms in Fabius, N.Y., supporters and immigrant workers protest wage theft and workplace abuse at dairy farms, July 27.The Workers’ Center of Central New York is continuing to build resistance to stepped-up attacks on immigrant workers in the region. The attacks include illegal arrests by police as well as wage theft, illegal paycheck deductions, and verbal and workplace violence by bosses.On July 27, the WC-CNY’s militant rally in the rural village of Fabius, N.Y., put Frazee Farms on notice that years of exploitation and workplace abuses toward immigrant workers must stop. The immediate spur to action was the firing of worker Fernando by the dairy farm owner — for being out sick for two days.Without access to transportation, Fernando was not able to provide a doctor’s note to document his illness. Because bare-bones housing was provided by the farm — for a charge — Fernando was also on the brink of homelessness, while his last paycheck was “held” by the boss. Investigation by WC-CNY exposed that the owner had been committing wage theft — ”robo de salario” — paying Fernando below minimum wage as well as making illegal deductions for uniforms from his paycheck.WC-CNY staff member Rebecca Fuentes explained that the Center briefed Fernando on his rights and worked with him to develop a plan to claim his pay. Fuentes also commented: “Fernando’s story also brings us to the need for agricultural workers of places they can go when they are unjustly and abruptly fired, for speaking up and asserting their rights or because they are sick or injured.” (WC-CNY Facebook commentary)Workers’ Center rally opposes the ‘polimigra’ at Penn Yan, N.Y., Aug. 2.Fuentes renewed a call for “sanctuary for all” with a plea that “churches and organizations take action and open their doors now to immigrants fighting this unjust system.”WC-CNY’s rally in Penn Yan, N.Y., on August 2 emphasized this need for safety because of the constant hounding of immigrants under the Trump administration’s vicious attacks. Penn Yan, another small farm village, is surrounded by dairy farms, vineyards and apple orchards where migrant workers are employed.A small, determined crowd gathered at St. Mark’s Church in the town to protest the “polimigra,” the collaboration of local police, New York state troopers, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol to detain and deport immigrants. On June 29 in Penn Yan, a state trooper stopped a vehicle, ostensibly because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, and then proceeded to arrest two occupants who were Latinx. He took them to a state police barracks and held them for immigration officers to assume custody. Both passengers are now facing deportation.The trooper acted in violation of a New York state 2014 executive memorandum that offers some protection to immigrants by forbidding troopers from asking for identification documents from passengers in cars they stop. At the Aug. 2 rally, organizer Nikeeta Slade said: “Charged and tasked with enforcing the law, [the troopers] are operating outside the law. If any other community member had committed a flagrant violation of the law, they would be thrown under the jail. We need to hold these officers accountable.” (WC-CNY Facebook video, Aug. 2)In the WC-CNY Facebook announcement for the action, “Solidarity With Families Affected by Polimigra,” organizers also emphasized: “This incident is just one example of how a single decision made by a one law enforcement agent can separate a family, deport a dedicated worker, and send a chilling effect to the entire immigrant community.”The Workers’ Center-CNY is defending individual workers against deportation, including Dolores Bustamente, who has worked in many Upstate New York apple orchards. She is on the board of Alianza de Mujeres Campesinas and the WC-CNY.The WC-CNY is also continuing other campaigns, including Green Light NY Manejando Juntos, an effort to obtain New York driving licenses for immigrant workers.In a historic legal challenge, a key member of WC-CNY, Crispin Hernández, is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit to end the exclusion of farmworkers from the protected right to organize in New York state. On July 27, supporters packed an Albany courtroom to hear opening arguments in the case.In June, the WC-CNY released “Milked: Immigrant Dairy Farmworkers in New York State,” with in-depth interviews with 88 dairy workers who expose their dangerous and degrading workplace and living conditions. Read the full report at milkedny.orgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Staple food imports arriving in May to safeguard stocks, prices: Airlangga

first_img“The trade minister has told me some garlic [imports] have started to enter [Indonesia],” Jokowi said on April 2.But as producing countries are currently under quarantine, some imports have been delayed. The State Logistics Agency (Bulog), the government’s agency tasked with securing the national staple food stocks, reported delays regarding its beef imports from India, the world’s second-largest exporter.As the country is currently observing the peak of harvest season, the government is also relying on national stocks for some staple foods. Rice supply, for example, is estimated to exceed the demand by 8.3 million tons between March and May without imports, according to data from the Agriculture Ministry.“With harvest season taking place, we hope rice stocks will be enough for the days leading up to Idul Fitri,” said Airlangga, who also serves as the Golkar Party’s chairman. “Likewise, we are expecting enough stocks of corn and onions since some regions such as Brebes [in Central Java] are in harvest season.”Airlangga went on to say the government was mulling over a plan to offer incentives to farmers so they would still go out to the field.Topics : Food prices, which rose by around 6 percent year-on-year, were the primary driver of inflation between January and March, according to data released on April 1 by Statistics Indonesia (BPS).The average price of garlic, for example, rose 50 percent year-on-year to Rp 44,900 (US$2.87) per kilogram in March, according to the government’s staple food prices tracker, the Information Center for Strategic Food Price (PIHPS). The average price of sugar similarly rose 26 percent annually to Rp 16,650 per kilogram last month.As a response, the Agriculture Ministry issued a recommendation for businesses to import over 450,000 tons of garlic as of last month. Furthermore, the Trade Ministry issued a regulation suspending the requirement for import permits to procure staple foods from overseas until June 30.With the planned imports and production at home, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said earlier this month the government was expecting food prices to decline. For example, he was expecting the average price of garlic to fall to a range between Rp 20,000 and Rp 30,000 per kilogram and sugar to Rp 12,500 per kilogram. The government expects imports of staple foods to arrive in May in order to ensure not only enough supplies but also stable prices as demand is likely to surge during Ramadan and Idul Fitri, which will start on April 24.“The government has issued import permits for garlic, chili, beef, chicken meat and sugar and they will arrive in enough volume to anticipate Idul Fitri,” Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartato told an online briefing on Tuesday.With Ramadan and Idul Fitri approaching amid the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, the government was facing logistical issues caused by measures to contain the coronavirus on top of price volatility, which was already taking place even before the virus hit.last_img read more


COVID-19 cases in Region 6 now at 45

first_img* Iloilo province – 16 The COVID-19 cases per area were asfollows: Eight of the 45 confirmed cases havealready successfully recovered, according to DOH-6, while seven died. The three persons who tested positivefor the virus were all from Caluya, Antique, according to the Department ofHealth (DOH) Region 6 in COVID-19 Case Bulletin No. 22 released on Friday. They were natives of Cebu City butworking at the Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) in Semirara Island. The latest to recover (just yesterday,April 17) from COVID-19 was a resident of Guimbal – a 51-year-old female (theregion’s Patient No. 18). Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, head ofDOH-6’s Local Health Support Division, reminded Western Visayans to observequarantine, and that meant not leaving the house to curb the virustransmission. Patient No. 35 is also confined at thehospital in Semirara./PN * region’s Patient No. 44 –59-year-old-male The Western Visayas Medical Centersub-national laboratory has released the results of the tests it conducted on140 specimens from suspected and probable cases; 137 were negative forSARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-9. * region’s Patient No. 43 –45-year-old-male ILOILO City – There are now 45confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Western Visayas. The island province of Guimarasremains free from the COVID-19. * Iloilo City – five These droplets also landon objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 bytouching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.center_img Some patients may haveaches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. Thesesymptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected butdon’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. People can catch COVID-19from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to personthrough small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a personwith COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Of the 45 confirmed cases, 13 wereconfined in hospitals while 14 were on home quarantine. Three others were on“facility-based” quarantine (identified by their respective local governmentunits). They had close contact with Antique’sfirst confirmed case of COVID-19 – a 74-year-old male who became the region’sPatient No. 35 and also connected with SMPC, said Pulmones. All three of them were asymptomaticand being isolated at a hospital in Semirara Island, Caluya. As to the three new COVID-19 casesfrom Caluya, Antique, Pulmones said they were the following: * Aklan – six * Antique – five * Negros Occidental – one * region’s Patient No. 45 –65-year-old male * Bacolod City – seven The most common symptomsof COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. * Capiz – fivelast_img read more


Nigerians deny Honduras bronze, Neymar lifts Brazil

first_imgThe 5-4 shoot-out win exacted revenge for a humiliating 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany two years ago.Olympic gold was the only major title to have escaped five-time world champions Brazil in their history.But Barcelona star Neymar righted that historical wrong as he fired the winning penalty into the top corner before breaking into tears.The final had ended 1-1 at the end of normal and extra-time. Share on: WhatsApp Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | Nigeria claimed men’s football bronze at the Rio Olympics with an entertaining 3-2 win over Honduras in Belo Horizonte on Saturday to deny the Central Americans their first ever Olympic medal.Two goals from Roma striker Sadiq Umar and namesake Aminu Umar’s fine finish early in the second-half put Nigeria 3-0 up.Honduras battled until the end, though, as Anthony Lozano and Marcelo Pereira headed home in the final 20 minutes to set up a nervy finish for the 1996 gold medal winners.center_img Neymar penalty wins Brazil first football goldNeymar struck the winning penalty as Brazil claimed a first ever Olympic football gold medal with victory over Germany at the Maracana on Saturday.last_img read more


Dr Boyce: So, the Clippers owner doesn’t like Black people – Let’s destroy him

first_imgDr. Boyce WatkinsThere are some mistakes you can make to show that you’re old-fashioned, and there are other mistakes that might cost your organization a hundred million dollars.  Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was recorded on the phone telling his girlfriend to not associate with Black people, at least not in public.  This was one of those expensive mistakes.According to TMZ, the owner feels that being around Black people deflates the value of your brand.“Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to promo… broadcast that you’re associating with Black people,” he said to his girlfriend.The owner said that he doesn’t hate minorities, and that his girlfriend can do what she wants with them in public.  But he then says on audio that he doesn’t want his girlfriend to publicize her friendships with them.The statements came after the woman posed on Instagram in a picture with Magic Johnson.Here are a few more jewels from Mr. Sterling’s conversation:– “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with Black people. Do you have to?”– “You can sleep with [Black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want.  The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”– ”I’m just saying, in your lousy f*cking Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with Black people.”– “…Don’t put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me.  And don’t bring him to my games.”It’s interesting that Sterling’s remarks were revealed the day after someone sent me a video with the rapper Chamillionaire stating that Michael Jordan told him that he doesn’t take pictures with Black people. I won’t talk much about Jordan (his actions speak louder than words – he has hardly done a thing for Black people except take our money), but what I’ll say is that there are quite a few people in corporate America who see the Black community as “Financial mistresses” – They expect the mistress to give them everything, but don’t feel compelled to give anything back.Part of the reason that a man gets away with exploiting a mistress is low self-esteem. She may not expect anything in return for her “services,” and is Ok with being a second-class citizen.  African Americans are the most prolific consumers in America, spending our money down to the final penny:  We have saved entire corporations from economic disaster, kept the Oprah Winfrey Network from going under, and single-handedly taught Nike how to sell the same damn shoe every year to people who can barely pay their rent.But while we are fiercely loyal at giving our money away (much to our demise), we are not entirely savvy about expecting something in return. I get tremendous pushback when I argue that those who’ve earned millions from the Black community (i.e. millionaire hip-hop artists or major corporations) should be expected to give something back.  I posit that low self-esteem makes many of us content with being financial mistresses.  A man will take everything from his mistress, and even appreciate her presence.  But he doesn’t want to be seen in public  with her and always considers her to be secondary to the people he really loves the most.The bottom line is this: Sterling must be made to pay for his feelings toward African Americans. No conscientious person should watch a Clippers game or attend one. Of course we also shouldn’t purchase any Clippers jerseys or other products, for every dollar spent is putting a dollar into the hands of a man who doesn’t respect us. Even if the ownership structure changes, our attitudes should not change. If Sterling feels that the African American “brand” deflates his own, then we should show him what a deflated brand really looks like.Also, I’m curious to see how the NBA itself responds to these revelations. African American athletes contribute billions to the NBA and NCAA through their talent and labor, and it would be nothing short of revolutionary to have a prominent athlete use his platform to speak on this issue. Small moments of strength are what have historically transformed America into a better nation over time. This is NOT the time to be silent.Finally, we must realize that Sterling just happened to be the guy who was caught on tape saying what quite a few organizational heads are saying behind closed doors. He is not alone in his bigotry and I’m sure he’s made these remarks around many of his friends, and his friends either overlooked his comments or nodded their heads in agreement.  This is how money is used to purchase our integrity, and this is what makes us weak.Black people are still in a battle for our humanity. There are many people in America who still see us as running, jumping, rapping, apes who are better off in a prison cell.  There’s really no way around this reality.Dr Boyce Watkins is a Finance PhD and author of the book, “Black American Money.”http://financialjuneteenth.com/la-clippers-owner-dont-bring-black-people-to-my-games/last_img read more


Grigor Dimitrov tests Covid-19 positive after playing in Djokovic’s event

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@grigordimitrov)Advertisement rbs4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbc3fg0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eitz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bjeWould you ever consider trying this?😱b67Can your students do this? 🌚cqf83Roller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus has taken a new victim in the world of Tennis. Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov, who was recently in action with Novak Djokovic for an exhibition tournament, has revealed that he is now COVID-19 positive, and is now under self isolation at his home.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@grigordimitrov)Dimitrov, currently ranked no. 19, played at the Adria Tour debut in Belgrade, Serbia alongside many iconic names of the Tennis fraternity such as Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Marin Čilić, Andrey Rublev, and many more last week.Following the second leg of the event against Borna Coric in Zadar, Croatia, Dimitrov withdrew from the event after reporting of feeling unwell, and took to social media yesterday to open up about  testing positive of COVID-19.Advertisement “Hi Everyone-I want to reach out and let my fans and friends know that I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19,” the former world no. 3 posted on his official Instagram.Following the news of Dimitrov having contracted the virus, the final match of the Adria Tour to be played between Djokovic and Rublev was suspended. However, its not yet known how Dimitrov contracted the disease.Advertisement “I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions,” the 29 year old continued, “I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused. I am back home now and recovering.”“Thanks for your support and please stay safe and healthy,” he concluded.Dimitrov’s match against the world No. 33 Coric on Saturday ended in a 1-4, 1-4 thrashing of the Bulgarian, who then stated that his health was not not up to snuff, and he couldn’t play in his peak physical performance.“This is a consequence of physical effort and exposure to the sun in the past few days, and I will have to miss the last day in Zadar,” Dimitrov said on 20th June, before he decided to pull out from the event.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Project Restart: Premier League is back but is the excitement? Advertisementlast_img read more


Bombers find win column at B.C. High School AA Rugby Championships, blast Okanagan Mission 27-5

first_imgKicker Kevin Lewis converted each try to complete the scoring.The Bombers opened the tourney with a 38-10 loss to top ranked Collingwood of West Vancouver Sunday in the Lower Mainland City.LVR suffered from butterflies and could not match the speed of the provincial power.Tuesday, LVR lost its second game of the 16-team tournament to Vernon’s Kalamalka Lakers 19-12.The loss was tough for Kootenay reps to stomach as it seemed every break and every call by the game official went the way of the Lakers.The Bombers, already improving on a 16th place finish from 2010, close out the tourney Saturday against the winner of the Smithers/Southridge [email protected] After two consecutive losses — one by a wide margin and the other, a tough winnable setback — the L.V. Rogers Bombers tasted success at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships Thursday in Abbotsford.The Bombers proved they belong as the 16-ranked squad ran all over 12th ranked Okanagan Mission in consolation round action thumping the Kelowna-based school 27-5.Quinn Cowie scored a pair of tries while Sean Hickson, Colin Robinson, Jake Kindred each added singles to power the Bombers to lopsided victory.last_img read more


‘WI can compete well without top players’

first_img Local conditions DUBAI, UAE (CMC): West Indies Test and ODI skipper Jason Holder says the regional team remains a powerful force despite the absence of some top players heading into the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. West Indies are missing some of their big stars in the T20s and ODIs, including explosive opener Chris Gayle and all-rounder AndrÈ Russell. Trinidad and Tobago left- handed batsman Evin Lewis was called up to replace Gayle at the last minute, while Kesrick Williams, the fast bowler from St.Vincent and the Grenadines, has replaced Russell. “It’s obviously a big loss to lose certain players, but obviously, we have some very capable players in the dressing room to fill their boots,” said Holder. International circuit “Evin Lewis was called up at the last minute to replace Chris Gayle, and we saw what he did (100 against India at Lauderhill). I don’t think we are short on personnel. It’s just a matter of everyone getting in and getting used to international circuit. “We have played a very vibrant brand of cricket, especially in the limited overs, and I think whoever is coming in has the ability to do the same.” West Indies start their tour with a warm-up game against Emirates Cricket Board XI at the ICC Academy on Tuesday before the opening T20 match against Pakistan on Friday. “We are just looking to start the series well. It is important that we start well,” said Holder, after an intense net session at the ICC academy on Friday. “We are coming off a very good win against India in the T20 series. We are coming in with a bit of confidence and, hopefully, we can carry it in the heat here in Dubai.” One major factor the Caribbean side will have to contend with is the climate in Dubai. The 24-year-old Barbadian, who celebrates his next birthday in November, says his teammates would need to become familiar with local conditions quickly. “I just think it’s a situation where we understand these conditions as best as we can and as quickly as we can and get acclimatised to the conditions here. The heat is not something we are accustomed to,” said Holder. “We come from the Caribbean, which is quite hot – at times it can get hot – but the humidity in the Caribbean is not as it is here. It is just important to acclimatise ourselves to the conditions here as quickly as possible and play the cricket we are accustomed to.” West Indies and Pakistan will play three T20s, three ODIs, and three Test matches.last_img read more


Bristol City boss bemoans ‘disgraceful’ decision

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesBristol City boss Lee Johnson insisted his side were denied a perfectly good goal by a “disgraceful” offside decision in their 1-0 defeat at QPR.Lee Tomlin appeared at first glance to be offside when he netted midway through the first half.But Johnson said: “I’ve seen it (on video). I wouldn’t be as strong as that had I not seen it it.“Tonight we’ve scored a good goal. It was onside. Poor officiating. It was a goal.“We ride out the early storm, do some things we’ve worked on in training, and then that happens.”He added: “Bobby Reid is a good player but he has missed a very good chance.“But you have to say it was a very good save. Sometimes you just have to give credit to the opposing goalkeeper.“It was a key point in the match really because it got their tails up and made them believe they could go on and win it.“It was a good game. It had quality in sporadic patches, and had aggression.“I’ve got a good group of lads and we’ve got a lot of players now back fit, so our squad looks strong and healthy.” See also:Sylla’s goal gives QPR victoryHasselbaink hails QPR’s persistence after deserved winQPR v Bristol City player ratingsQPR hopeful on Cousins injuryHasselbaink plays down play-off prospectsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Drawing expats back to SA

first_imgSouth Africans at the vin the UK in May 2009.(Image: Homecoming Revolution)  Nomsa Mthembu, a 34-year-old South African tourism consultant, has been living in the UK for the past seven years, but now she wants to return home.Before she makes the final decision, boards that plane and flies back, she wants to be sure of potential job opportunities. For this she’s banking on the 2010 Homecoming Revolution London event taking place at the Kensington Olympia Conference Centre on 20 and 21 March.“I am looking forward to going to the conference, I would like to know what companies are offering jobs and I’m willing to talk to people,” said Mthembu, who graduated with a BA Honours in travel and tourism management from the UK’s Derby University in December 2009.“I am expecting to get more information from companies and generally find out what is going on back home.”The annual event, now in its fourth year, will host about 38 South African companies offering job opportunities and recruitment programmes for suitably skilled expats. “We’ve got great companies coming with us to recruit South Africans who want to come back home,” said Brigitte Lightfoot of the Homecoming Revolution.The event – boasting speakers such as University of Pretoria Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena and a range of company executives – has attracted high-profile corporates such as Eskom, South African Breweries, the CSIR, First National Bank (FNB), Nedbank, Group Five, Investec Bank and many others.“The companies are coming mainly to recruit … it’s also an opportunity for them to tap into new skills,” Lightfoot said.South African recruitment agencies will also be there to broaden the scope, she added.Bite of UK recessionMthembu, who was born in KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal, currently lives and works in Manchester. She relocated to further her studies, and said she was offered jobs there even before she graduated.“At the moment I work in the hospitality industry, which I love,” she said. “I have been working and studying at the same time – it has been hectic.“If I had my way I would come home tomorrow, I am tired of running around like a headless chicken.”But Mthembu said she doesn’t “regret coming here, [as] I have achieved so much academically and financially”.Her desire to return home is driven by ambitions to advance in and contribute to South Africa’s growing tourism industry, she said. “It takes time to get a promotion at work here – unlike back home.”She said she’s noticed that job opportunities in the UK have shrunk somewhat due to the recession, which hit the UK hard in late 2008.Interest in the Homecoming eventMthembu said most South Africans she knows in the UK have bought tickets and she’s predicting a full house in Olympia.“It will be full – I can promise you that. Everyone I know has bought tickets for the event,” she said. “People want to go home, there is no place like home.”Last year’s event, also held in London, attracted about 1 200 South Africans. Lightfoot said she’s sure the 2010 turnout will be even better. “It’s really exciting this year,” said Lightfoot, who previously lived in the UK for six years.Reversing the ‘brain-drain’The Homecoming Revolution is an NGO that encourages and helps South Africans abroad to return home. Supported by FNB, the organisation helps address the skills shortage in the country, which spiked in the 1990s.“We’ve seen an increase in the number of people wanting to come back to South Africa,” Lightfoot said. “We get a lot of enquiries about South Africa from people abroad.”Besides facilitating the journey back home, the organisation also helps expats find jobs through its online careers portal.‘SA tourism booming’There are plenty of opportunities in South Africa’s growing tourism industry, Mthembu believes. In 2008 the industry contributed R25.8-billion (US$3.3-billion) to the national GDP, attracting about 42.5-million local and international tourists.“South African tourism is big,” she said. “I learned more about it when I came here. Even though I worked in the travel industry back home, there are some issues I did not know about.”She now has a greater understanding of the various multinationals that own hotel chains in South Africa, which has helped her assess the scope of opportunities back home.“I have travelled to Spain, Italy, Germany and Greece and – guess what – South Africa has got the best five-star hotels,” said Mthembu.last_img read more