Demerger Disgrace

first_imgDemerger Disgrace This arrangement was made to solve a political headache for a small group of union officials at the expense of the broader labour movement. What is most disappointing is there was no meaningful consultation or input. Self-interest took precedence over solidarity.The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Withdrawal from Amalgamations) Bill 2020 is nothing more than a tool for the Morrison government to split and weaken unions. Backroom deals with Christian Porter should not determine a union’s future.Today we are calling upon the ACTU leadership and all affiliates to take urgent action and campaign to have the demerger bill repealed immediately.We also call on the Australian Labor Party to explain why it supported the bill in December last year and reverse this decision. Allowing this bill to pass the Senate without opposition from the ALP was a mistake that needs to be fixed.The COVID crisis has shown us Australia needs strong unions with the ability to organise better conditions, job security and safety at work. Maher’s secret backroom deal undermines unions, and Australian workers deserve better than that.The Union movement is bigger than one individual and now more than ever we need to collectively fight for every Australian worker.On behalf of all working Australians and their families, the ETU is determined to see the demerger bill repealed in addition to its campaign to stop Scott Morrison’s Wage cutting IR Omnibus.Quotes attributable to ETU National Secretary Allen Hicks:“This demerger bill will leave a cancerous legacy. The union movement needs to stand up and call on the Government to repeal it.”“These laws were poorly drafted, ill-conceived with no regard whatsoever for the impact on the broader union movement.”“This shouldn’t have gone through without a fight, and it’s up to the ALP to fix their mistake. The future of the union movement must not be determined on whim in a deal with Christian Porter.“After the year from hell that was 2020 and eight years without wage growth, working Australians need stronger unions. These demerger laws are the exact opposite of that.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ACTU, ALP, amendment, Australia, Australian, Australian Labor, Christian, Electrical Trades Union, ETU National, fair work, Government, job security, Labor Party, leadership, Morrison, Scott Morrison, wage growthlast_img read more

US military talks 5G with Ericsson, Nokia

first_img FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Author Home US military talks 5G with Ericsson, Nokia Tags Previous ArticleTele2 to combine fixed, mobile operationsNext ArticleHuawei pitches P30 with sharp focus on images AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 MAR 2019 Kavit Majithia Former Ericsson employees charged in bribery case Related Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona The US government entered discussions with Ericsson and Nokia about the potential use of 5G networks to improve communications within the country’s military, with plans to trial the technology later this year.Speaking at an event held by US government think tank Atlantic Council, Ellen Lord, defence undersecretary for Acquisition and Sustainment, said The Pentagon plans to run a series of 5G experiments “to understand what distances can we communicate over”.“What is the latency, what is the interference, what do we need to do in order to have the right equipment to bring us capability,” said Lord.She added the US had talked to Ericsson and Nokia about the move, and discussions on the military side was also progressing well with European countries.“We have frankly seen a lot of our European allies leaning forward to work with us on that,” she said.Huawei banSecurity of 5G is a hot topic in the US, as the country’s government lobbies for allies to follow its lead in banning Chinese equipment vendors. The US believes their kit contains backdoors which allows the Chinese state to spy.However, the European Commission is reportedly set to ignore the US calls to ban Huawei, while the vendor itself has staunchly rejected the allegations and launched legal action against the US government over its claims.The military tests will be implemented later this year, said Lord, and they will be overseen by The Pentagon’s Research and Engineering office.Lord added the results could also be used by the government’s defence department, which is tasked with establishing 5G policy recommendations. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more 5GEricssonHuaweiNokiaUSlast_img read more

Larry Wainstein endorses three candidates for North Bergen Board of Education

first_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSlarry wainsteinnick sacconorth bergen board of education SHARE By John Heinis – April 8, 2015 1:35 pm 0 ElectionsNorth Bergen/Guttenberg North Bergen mayoral hopeful Larry Wainstein is endorsing three candidates for the April 21 Board of Education election: Mary Luz Munoz, Jeanne Wesley and Jose Canonico. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewIn a written statement, Wainstein endorsed the three candidates running under the “Save Our School” banner.“There shouldn’t be any politics in the school system. Teachers should not be hired to ring door bells and work politically. The Board of Education should not be controlled by a corrupt political machine.”“This is why I am officially endorsing the Save Our Schools Candidates for the upcoming School Board election in April. Politics has caused our school system to be in the bottom five percent in the state. Teachers must teach our children and not be forced to work political campaigns and be made to purchase political tickets.”Wainstein, through attorney Mario Blanch, submitted a complaint to the state Department of Education on March 24 alleging that Mayor Nick Sacco, also the director of secondary and elementary education, used his political influence to get family members jobs at the BOE.A spokesman for Sacco said the allegations put forth in the complaint had “no merit whatsoever,” while an attorney the North Bergen Board of Education said they are considering filing an ethics complaint in response.Nevertheless, the women on the slate are calling for less political patronage in the school system and for paying more attention to students’ needs and safety.“Our school system is plagued by political patronage. While other towns have built new schools, North Bergen has not seen a new school built in over 50 years,” Luz Munoz said in a statement. ”“Recent numbers released by the NJ Department of Education show that North Bergen schools are extremely overcrowded and in disrepair.”Additionally, Wesley called for better supplies and heightened security in the schools.”How can our children learn when teachers are forced to use photocopies instead of actual textbooks? The students do not have enough supplies and copy paper, access to enough chrome books, and proper safety and security for our children,” she said in a prepared statement.“One teacher advised me that security in our school system is an absolute joke. Doors are not locked and camera systems are rarely functional.”On March 20, Sacco endorsed Ruth Shaw, Sam Jafaar and Claudia Rodriguez for the BOE election. Bayonne Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction Hudson County commissioners discuss exiting ICE deal, advocates call for no new jail contracts Facebook Twitter News Previous articleHoboken joining nationwide lawsuit to implement Obama’s immigration reformNext articleNB resident says he was threatened over campaign sign, Sacco camp refutes claim John Heinis Bayonne Larry Wainstein endorses three candidates for North Bergen Board of Education RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DeGise: Hudson County ‘determined’ to get out of ICE contract following Essex decisionlast_img read more

KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Fairway has its national designation renewed

first_imgA rare gathering of the state’s top federal elected officials attended the KU Alzheimer’s Center announcement. (From left) Sen. Jerry Moran, Rep. Kevin Yoder and Sen. Pat Roberts.The renewal of the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center designation as one of 31 national research centers studying the dreaded disease attracted a rare gathering of the state’s top federal elected officials Thursday.U.S. Senators Pat Robert and Jerry Moran, and U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder attended the event held at KU research center’s offices at 4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Fairway.“We’re fortunate to have this facility and these brilliant researchers right here on Shawnee Mission Parkway,” Yoder told the audience.The Alzheimer’s Center received its initial national designation from the National Institue on Aging in 2011. The five-year renewal will bring an additional $8.5 million in funding.Russell Swerdlow, MD, director of the center, said the facility has supported more than 100 investigators over the past five years. They have done more than 80 studies with more than 800 clinical trial participants.“Renewing our national designation will allow us to continue to bring top-flight scientists to the area, lead the way on clinical care and grow our research team,” he said.According to the National Institute for Health, Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million Americans. There is no proven cure to or treatment to delay its progression. The disease claimed 85,000 lives in 2013 and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.“What a great day it will be in this country when we find that thing that delays the occurrence and the onset of Alzheimer’s,” Moran said.Roberts noted that while there are no FDA approved drugs yet to stop or slow down the disease, there are 17 now in the advanced testing phase.“We’re at a critical point in research,” he said. “Help is coming.”One of those people waiting for treatment was in the audience.Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, was there with his wife, Stephene, to applaud the progress being made at the KU research facility.“My wife and I have been working on this for some time now,” Moore said. “It’s not a disease anybody would wish for. I’m hopeful we’ll find a better treatment and find a cure.”The KU Alzheimer’s Center is focused on how metabolism affects the disease, according to a press release from KU. It’s examining how altering metabolism and cell energy, either through drugs or other interventions, such as exercise and lifestyle changes, can change the course of the disease.“We are leading the prevention field in Alzheimer’s disease,” said Jeffrey Burns, MD, co-director of the center, “and now, we are preparing to take it into the community with more awareness and more tools for physicians managing dementia care.”Yoder noted that despite the hyper-partisan climate in Washington these days, both parties have come together to increase funding for the National Insitutes of Health.“At a time when we’re more divided as ever, we can come together and get something done,” he said.last_img read more

Windies must play smart cricket: Lloyd

first_imgNOTTINGHAM England, CMC –  Clive Lloyd, the last West Indies captain to taste World Cup glory, has insisted that the regional team needs to make smarter decisions if they are to have an impact in the tournament. Lloyd, the legendary captain who won the 1975 and 1979 World Cups, made the comments following the Windies’ batting collapse against Australia on Thursday.The Windies were well-placed on 190 for four in the 35th over, chasing Australia’s total of 288, but lost five wickets for 66 runs to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.Lloyd said he believed it was a game the West Indies should have easily won. “The West Indies team must to start to play smart cricket because they have two real big games coming up against South Africa and England, therefore they have to be on top of their game as I’m sure they’d want to qualify,” he said.“I think on another day, with a better analysis of the situation they could have won that game and this would have given them the impetus to realise that they were serious contenders to qualify for the latter stages of this competition.”Lloyd said players needed to realize they were playing 50-over cricket and not T20. “The players have to realise that this is not Twenty20. The batsmen need to turn those scores of 30 and 40 into bigger scores and they must be aware that all these teams have world class bowlers at their disposal,” he said.He explained that their next match against South Africa was a crucial one in deciding whether they qualify for the knockout phase of the competition.Lloyd said it was important for the West Indies to put the loss against Australia behind them. “South Africa is up next and while they haven’t performed to their ability, [the] Windies have to be aware of the job at hand as South Africa is in danger of missing out on the top four if they lose.“They now have to re-group, look at the mistakes they made and rectify them so that they can return to their winning ways. I’m still feeling positive about the West Indies overall,” Lloyd revealed.“West Indies have to get all the disciplines right on the day and play clever cricket because for the most part of the day [against Australia] they did well, but they simply did not capitalise on the early dismissals.”last_img read more

How to Find Open Calls for Speakers for Conferences

first_imgAfter attending many conferences over the years, you’ve decided you want to be a conference speaker. Congratulations!Speaking at a conference is a great way to share your knowledge, lessons learned, and expertise. You’ll have unique opportunities to meet and connect with other conference speakers. And generally, you’ll attend the conference for free. You’ll also meet a lot of conference attendees and become better known in your field. Which can lead to more speaking opportunities, as well as career opportunities.You’ve identified your topic and written an outline of your presentation.But, where do you look to find conference calls for speakers? And how do you find out if the conference is one you want to speak at? Local MeetupsThe first place to learn about conferences is local meetups. The number of local meetups has increased tremendously over the past few years, due to the ease of organizing events through online sites like Meetup and Eventbrite. Join the local meetup if you’re not already a member. They’re an excellent way to meet fellow colleagues and stay current in your field. And they offer an opportunity for you to speak on your topic in a comfortable setting. Establishing yourself as a local speaker will go far in becoming better known for your knowledge and expertise. Let members know you’re interested in speaking at a conference. Conference organizers will often invite people they know, or know about through their network. Also, the local meetup leaders and fellow members are great sources of information about conferences. They may have attended or spoken at a conference, and can share first-hand information about it.You can discover whether the conference is a good match for your topic, what conference organizers expect in talk proposals, and demographics for the attendees. If meetup members have been turned down for conference proposals, they may be able to share information on why the proposal wasn’t accepted. Good conference organizers will follow up with speakers and offer suggestions for improving the talk proposal the next year.LanyrdHow would you like one online site to learn about past and current conferences, their speakers, and find out about call for proposals? Lanyrd is a social professional events directory I wrote about earlier this year. It’s the one place I recommend for anyone who wants to organize, attend, or speak at a conference. I’ve been using Lanyrd for years, adding conference information, session and speaker updates, as well as links to conference slides, videos, writeups, blog posts, and photos.What’s not so well known about Lanyrd, is its Calls for participation section. The section isn’t easy to find, though I’m not sure why. It’s a great resource for anyone looking for conference calls for proposals, workshops, exhibitors, and more.In Calls for participation, you can search for conferences by field (think biology, user experience, content strategy, project management) and narrow your search by geographic area (by city, state, or country). Conference organizers add the call for proposals on Lanyrd, including information about the speaking opportunity, process, compensation (if any), cost to attend conference as a speaker (often free), and deadline.Note: Based on my experience, I’ve noticed conference organizers are usually good about describing the speaking opportunities and all their details, but forget to add the conference topics on Lanyrd. It may take some additional work on your part in Lanyrd’s call for participation search to locate a conference for your field. How have you found out about conference calls for speakers? Have you found out about calls through local meetups or Lanyrd? Let me know in the comments what you’ve found most helpful.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedOn Speaking and PresentationsI didn’t realize how many speaking posts I’ve written until one of my blog readers sent me a thank you note this weekend. Thank you, Deborah, these are helpful tips for learning about speaking opportunities, she wrote. I noticed you’ve written several speaking posts this year. Do you have them…In “Conference”Speaking at Local Events vs. National ConferencesMy husband tells me to get over it. I continue to be surprised by people who reply to me they’re “too busy” to speak at local events or Meetup groups. However, they find time to travel out of state to speak at regional and national conferences. What am I missing?…In “Miscellaneous”WordSesh 4: Growing Your WordPress MeetupAt last week’s WordSesh 4 virtual online conference on WordPress, Dee Teal spoke about WordPress meetup organizing, how to grow your meetup and improve the experience for everyone. Here are my notes: Using Typically, is the first place people will visit to learn about your WordPress meetup. Craft…In “WordPress”last_img read more

Ellie Kummer pours in 28 points to lift Marshfield girls basketball past Bay Port

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSUAMICO — Ellie Kummer scored a career-high 28 points, making five 3-pointers and 9 of 10 free throws, to lead the Marshfield girls basketball team to a 59-49 victory over Bay Port in a nonconference game Tuesday night at Bay Port High School.Kummer made 7 of 11 shots overall from the field for the Tigers, who improve to 7-1.Caitlin Michaelis added 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists, and Makayla Scheuer had 10 points and five rebounds for Marshfield. Kummer, Michaelis, and Scheuer combined for 51 of the team’s 59 points. Hannah Meverden had a team-high seven rebounds.The Tigers were 24 of 29 (82 percent) from the free throw line.Marshfield will host its annual Tiger Invitational on Jan. 2-3. The Tigers open the tournament against Hudson on Friday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and Auburndale and Wausau Newman Catholic play in the other semifinal at 5:45 p.m.The third-place game is Jan. 3 at 2:45 p.m. The championship game follows at 4:30 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 59, Pirates 49Marshfield 9 15 20 15 – 59Bay Port 6 11 17 15 – 49MARSHFIELD (59): Makayla Scheuer 1-6 8-9 10, Meg Bryan 0-1 0-0 0, Caitlin Michaelis 4-11 5-6 13, Maddie Nikolai 0-0 0-0 0, Martha Kupfer 0-0 0-0 0, Ellie Kummer 7-11 9-10 28, Ema Fehrenbach 2-4 2-4 6, Hannah Meverden 1-1 0-0 2. FG: 15-34. FT: 24-29. 3-pointers: 5-10 (Kummer 5-7, Michaelis 0-1, Scheuer 0-2). Rebounds: 22 (Meverden 7). Assists: 6 (Michaelis 4). Record: 7-1.BAY PORT (49): Mackenzie Jerks 2-9 0-0 6, Elisabeth Knutson 0-1 0-0 0, Alexa Leiterman 3-9 3-4 9, Brooke Harris 3-6 2-2 8, Taylor McIntyre 2-5 0-0 4, Meg Knutson 2-7 2-3 8, Jamie Hebel 4-9 2-2 11, Maddie Re 1-6 1-2 3, Carley Mueller 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 17-52. FT: 10-13. 3-pointers: 5-16 (Jerks 2-6, M. Knutson 2-4, Hebel 1-3, E. Knutson 0-1, Leiterman 0-1, McIntyre 0-1). Rebounds: 22 (Leitherman 6). Record: 5-2.last_img read more

Education boost for Gauteng

first_imgWith 36 new schools opening in Gautengprovince alone in early 2012, morechildren will be able to receive a soundbasic education. (Image: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS • Charles Phahlane  Communications head, Gauteng   education dept  +27 11 355 1530 or +27 71 860 4496. RELATED ARTICLES • SA businesses urged to adopt schools • SA prioritises quality education • Zuma: SA to meet 2015 education goal • Tackling SA’s education challenges • Can drive raises R8.5m for educationEmily van RijswijckThe Gauteng Department of Education is making good on its promise to step up education efforts, with 36 new schools opening and 500 additional teachers reporting for duty in the first term of 2012.Another 300 pre-fabricated classrooms will also be added to existing schools where overcrowding is a problem.Thirteen of the schools will be ready to accept pupils when inland provinces start their 2012 academic year on 18 January, while another five will open later in the month.The remainder of the schools will be opened during the rest of the first term.While the majority of the new school buildings are pre-fabricated buildings, five of the new schools are solid brick and mortar structures.This brings the number of primary and secondary schools in the province to 2 595 – including independent, non-subsidised schools – with almost 72 000 teachers.The buildup to the new school year already starts six to eight months before, with teachers required to place orders for their support materials in May and actual pupil admissions taking place from August to October the year before.“It’s all systems go for the start of the new academic year,” education MEC Barbara Creecy confirmed at a recent press briefing, adding that the new facilities will go some way towards alleviating pressure in some of the overcrowded schools.Demand for learning space Of the nine provinces, Gauteng has seen the biggest rise in pupil numbers in recent years.According to Creecy, pupil numbers has been growing on average by 2% over the last five years, which means the province has to make space for about 36 000 additional children each year.The province has over 2-million pupils, while more than 14-million children attend school countrywide.“There is no other province that has experienced this level of demand for learning space,” said Creecy in her mid-term budget speech last year.In areas such as informal settlements, where it’s not always possible to build new schools, the education department has expanded its scholar transport scheme to accommodate these already disadvantaged children.In addition a budget of R100-million (US$12.5-million) has been allocated for pre-fabricated classrooms in schools where there is overcrowding.“We will provide 300 pre-fabricated classrooms and 100 pre-fabricated ablution blocks within the financial year,” said Creecy.Maintenance work at existing schools is also ongoing, with work in progress at 42 sites.Schools at the coast opened one week before, with the Western Cape Education Department welcoming pupils at 11 new schools in 2012. In 2011 the Gauteng education department opened six new schools.Aiming for millennium goals South Africa aims to eliminate all mud schools over the next three years and to improve basic safety and functionality of about 3 600 schools by 2014 as part of its contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals, said President Jabob Zuma during a Parliamentarian session after his State of the Nation address in 2011.The Millennium Development Goal for education is to ensure that, by 2015, the majority of children all over the world are able to access and complete a full course of primary schooling. The government also hopes to increase enrolment rates in secondary schools to 95% by 2014.According to basic education minister Angie Motshekga, concerted efforts on the government’s part has resulted in rises in gross enrolment rates by 20% in primary education and about 15% in secondary education.“In fact, South Africa has almost achieved universal access in primary education,” said Motshekga at a December 2011 meeting on building public-private partnerships in education.Statistics South Africa’s 2010 general household survey found that nationally, 72,8% of persons aged 7 to 24 were attending educational institutions.Steady gains have been made since 2002, yet the number of young people not studying remains unacceptable – most respondents indicated that this was for financial reasons, a situation that the government is addressing. The right to basic education is entrenched in South Africa’s Constitution.Helping children to learnJust in Gauteng alone, almost 900 000 learners are attending the 1 237 no-fee schools, said Creecy. Of these children, over 800 000 also benefit from the government’s nutritional programme.Nationally, Statistics South Africa recorded that the percentage of pupils countrywide who paid no tuition fees increased from 0.7% in 2002 to 54.6% in 2010.To keep up with rising demands, the Gauteng education department’s budget has increased by over 13% from 2010/11 to 2011/12, with R25.9-billion ($3.2-billion) allocated for the current financial year.“Almost 74% of this budget will be spent on salaries for teachers, school administrative staff and office based personnel,” said Creecy.last_img read more

Murillo: ‘Ranieri change positive’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Sampdoria defender Jeison Murillo has hailed the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as “a positive change” for the team. Murillo joined Samp from Valencia in August and was speaking at Colombia’s training camp ahead of their two friendlies against Peru and Ecuador. “It’s great to play regularly in a League I have already played in, know well and like a lot. “I’ve played in practically all the games. Things aren’t going as we would’ve liked, but the change in coach is a positive change for us. Results are improving.” Ranieri has collected seven points since taking charge of Samp, although they still find themselves in relegation trouble. The former Inter man, meanwhile, has played eight times this season but was dropped for the last three games.last_img read more

Delhi Police unveil security plan for Commonwealth Games

first_imgDelhi Police on Monday unveiled its massive security plan for Commonwealth Games 2010, which includes deployment of heli-borne snipers and a four-layered protective cordon around the venues and Games Village.Announcing the security strategy, city Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal told reporters, “we are not only looking into the security aspects of the Games, each and every aspect of the city’s security will also be addressed.”We are working closely with several agencies connected with the Games. We assure you a safe and secure Commonwealth Games,” he said.According to the plan, the Games venues, Games Village, practice venues, parking lots and the Indira Gandhi International Airport will have a four-layered security cordon.Explaining aspects of the plan, Special Commissioner (Administration) Neeraj Kumar said the security at prominent Games-related venues will have “outer, middle, inner and exclusive” security zones.At the outer cordon, he said, the traffic will be stopped and access will be controlled. At the middle cordon, security personnel will channelise the spectators to their designated seats while in the inner cordon, the barcode reading of tickets will take place and the spectators’ photos captured.”There will be surveillance from the skies with the help of the Air Force. There will also be the deployment of heli-borne assault teams to thwart any attempts by terrorists,” Kumar said.last_img read more