Ebola, socialism & imperialism

first_imgNow that the threat of the spread of Ebola within the United States has diminished — for the present — news of the crisis has dropped into the back pages of the corporate-owned major newspapers and off the broadcast media. But the Ebola epidemic remains a continuing danger in parts of Africa and an ongoing threat that requires worldwide attention and action.To date, over 20,000 people, mostly in West Africa, have contracted the disease; over 8,000 have died; and the number of new cases is still on the increase.A sustained international effort is called for, but the response, especially from Western imperialist countries, has been minimal at best.For example, the major U.S. government action has been the deployment of elite combat troops, such as the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions. The focus of these troops, according to the U.S chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, is “to … [establish] command and control nodes, logistic hubs … and [provide] engineering support” along with training for health care workers. The general made clear that none of the troops would be involved in directly treating or caring for victims of the epidemic. (Defense.gov, Oct. 1)Little wonder that many question the real motives of what amounts to an invasion of the region.By contrast, socialist Cuba has sent 256 medical workers to Africa, with 165 in Sierra Leone and the rest in Guinea and Liberia. In comparison to the relative total populations of the U.S. and Cuba, the U.S would need to send 7,680 doctors and health care workers to Africa to equal the Cuban effort.From the beginning of the outbreak, the U.S. and its allies have attempted to politicize the Ebola crisis.Volunteers from private agencies who traveled to West Africa from the U.S have often found themselves treated, not as heroes, but virtual pariahs upon their return.By contrast, the Cuban volunteers are rightly considered heroes.Because of the illegal U.S. embargo, many of the Cuban doctors in Africa — who are working under the aegis of United Nations organizations — have not only faced delays in their deployment, but even found that the U.S. Treasury had held up their pay and expenses for several months.Despite all this, they have maintained their morale and internationalist spirit.Cuban doctor Félix Báez — who contracted the virus in Sierra Leone in November, was treated and has since recovered — announced on Dec. 29 that he will return to the region.Considering that the disease has already killed nearly 350 medical personnel, including 106 in Sierra Leone, the courage of the Cuban doctors must be commended. They are a shining example of the socialist ideal that health care is a human right for everyone in the world.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pasadena Reports 2 COVID-19 Cases and 0 Deaths on Monday

first_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News New COVID-19 infections in Pasadena have remained in single digits for well over two weeks, with two new infections and no new fatalities documented on Monday, according to city data.The figure raised the city’s total number of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic to 11,180. The local death toll stood stable at 339, where it has remained since Wednesday, when three additional deaths were reported.Pasadena had not recorded more than eight daily cases since March 25, when 13 new infections were detected.The city’s most recent three fatalities were reported Wednesday.Over the prior week, Pasadena saw an average of 3.7 new infections daily, according to city data.As of Monday, 68,280, or 57.9% of Pasadena’s population over 16 years old, had received at least one dose of vaccine, according to city data. Just under 41,600 Pasadenans were fully vaccinated.The Los Angeles County Department of Public health listed an additional three COVID-19 deaths on Monday, bringing the cumulative county death toll during the pandemic to 23,479, City News Service reported.Another 411 cases were also reported, pushing the overall pandemic total in the county to 1,226,191. The numbers of new cases and deaths are typically low on Mondays due to reporting lags from the weekend.L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer, however, told CNS that the county’s average daily number of newly reported cases has dropped to about 400, which is lower than it was one year ago in the early stages of the pandemic.State figures reflected 471 people hospitalized due to COVID in Los Angeles County as of Monday, with 116 people in intensive care units, according to CNS.The California Department of Public Health announced 2,649 new infections and 31 deaths on Monday. In total, the state has tallied 3,602,827 cases of the virus and 59,249 fatalities.The statewide average positivity rate over the prior week was recorded at 1.5%, according to CDPH data.As of Monday, L.A. County represented 34% of California’s COVID-19 infections and 40% of the state’s deaths. HerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Signs That Your Ex May Still Want You BackHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Pasadena Reports 2 COVID-19 Cases and 0 Deaths on Monday By BRIAN DAY Published on Monday, April 12, 2021 | 4:48 pm More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

EPL: West Ham stun Chelsea

first_imgRelatedPosts QPR slap N8.1b on Eberechi Eze Fulham join Eberechi Eze race Joe Hart pens two-year deal with Tottenham Chelsea had the first half-chance of the match in the third minute when Emerson Palmieri found space down the left before delivering a low cross into Pedro, but the Spaniard saw his attempt blocked en route to goal.Michail Antonio had been selected through the middle for West Ham as Sebastien Haller dropped out, and the Englishman caused plenty of problems with his pace and power in the early exchanges.The attacker had a big chance to send the Hammers ahead in the seventh minute when he met a cross from Cresswell, but the ball sailed over the crossbar from close range.Chelsea were carrying a threat down the other end, though, and David Martin – making his Premier League debut as Roberto dropped to the bench – had to keep out a strike from Mason Mount in the eighth minute.Frank Lampard’s side were the team on the front foot as the half continued to gather pace, and Martin was again called into action in the 17th minute to keep out a deflected effort from Pedro.Reece James then found the outside of the post with a deflected cross before Kurt Zouma wide of the target moments later with West Ham riding their luck in the capital.The Hammers did have another chance through Antonio in the 25th minute, though, with the attacker’s header from a Robert Snodgrass cross bringing a fine save from Kepa Arrizabalaga between the home side’s sticks.Without Tammy Abraham through injury, Olivier Giroud was given the nod for Chelsea through the middle, and the France international was finding it difficult to win the physical battle against Angelo Ogbonna.The final chance of the first period fell to Chelsea when Giroud reacted first to a loose save from Martin, but the Hammers goalkeeper did really well to deny the Frenchman having also kept out the initial effort from Mateo Kovacic, meaning that the two teams were level at the break.West Ham took the lead in the 48th minute when Cresswell collected a pass from Fornals before working some space inside the Chelsea box and picking out the bottom corner with a wonderful finish.Chelsea had a half-chance just before the hour when Zouma climbed highest inside the penalty box to meet another corner, but the Frenchman’s effort was always dropping wide of the post.West Ham then had two opportunities of their own from corners, first Ogbonna saw his powerful header saved by Kepa before Antonio somehow failed to bundle home from close range from the next set piece.Chelsea responded by making two changes with Willian and N’Golo Kante both introduced in place of Jorginho and Pedro, with the latter fading after making a bright start to the contest.Antonio thought that he had sent West Ham 2-0 ahead in the 68th minute after smart work from Snodgrass, but VAR ultimately disallowed the attacker’s effort for handball, handing Chelsea a huge lifeline.The Blues were struggling to make things happen as the match continued to develop, though, and West Ham’s lead still stood entering the final 10 minutes of action at Stamford Bridge.James tried his luck from distance in the 82nd minute, but the right-back’s effort was always rising over the crossbar with the Hammers still ahead in the capital.Pulisic had the home side’s best chance late on after breaking into the penalty box, but the United States international fired just wide as West Ham held on for a huge win.Next up for Chelsea is a home game against Aston Villa on Wednesday, while West Ham will visit Wolverhampton Wanderers on the same night. Tags: Emerson PalmieriWest Hamlast_img read more

Ralphs indicted over acts in strike

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A federal grand jury indicted Ralphs Grocery Co. on Thursday on charges that it hired hundreds of workers under false names during the crippling 139-day strike in 2003-04. Federal prosecutors said the chain knowingly rehired key employees who used false names and Social Security numbers, then obstructed the two-year investigation that led to the 106-page indictment. “The company’s actions constitute intentional identity fraud on a large scale by a major company,” said David F. Butler of the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General. While the case is rooted in labor laws restricting “selective lockouts,” the 53-count indictment focuses on Ralphs’ conduct during and after the largest grocery strike in U.S. history. The charges include identity fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice. If convicted, the company could be fined more than $100 million, plus back pay and other restitution. Ralphs’ parent company, Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., acknowledged some improper hiring but said such conduct was limited to low-level managers who have since been disciplined. “We strongly dispute the claim that the behavior of some store managers reflected a corporate plan devised to further the company’s position during the prolonged labor negotiations,” Paul Heldman, Kroger’s senior vice president, said in a statement. But the top federal prosecutor in Los Angeles countered that investigators found evidence high-level company officials were involved. “It appears this was much more widespread on a much more organized basis,” U.S. Attorney Debra Wong Yang said at a news conference. “There was a tacit acknowledgment this was going on.” Ralphs noted that the National Labor Relations Board investigated similar allegations and dismissed the claims. Thursday’s indictment, however, accuses the company of making false statements to the labor board. The indictment also accuses the company of attempting to obstruct the grand jury investigation, which began in January 2004, by concealing documents. While the indictment names only Ralphs as a defendant, and not its corporate parent, Kroger, or any individuals, prosecutors said their investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible. The indictment bolsters accusations made by unions during the 139-day strike and lockout that affected nearly 70,000 workers across Southern California. “We’ve been vindicated,” said Rick Icaza, president of United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 770. “We felt from the very start they were illegally hiring these people back.” Workers at Vons went on strike in October 2003, and Ralphs and Albertsons employees were locked out hours later as the industry united. The companies used temporary replacement workers to keep most stores open, but suffered some $2 billion in losses. Unions unexpectedly stopped picketing Ralphs stores in late October, increasing the chain’s business and creating a need for reliable workers, according to the indictment. Ralphs proceeded to recruit locked-out employees with needed skills to return as replacement workers, the indictment said. To conceal its actions, the company hired the workers under fictitious or other peoples’ names and Social Security numbers, the indictment said. Ralphs then allegedly filed false government tax and employment forms and benefits records and cashed payroll checks with the incorrect names. Prosecutors say nearly 1,000 workers were re-hired under such circumstances, while Ralphs put the number at closer to 200. The company allegedly placed the employees at far-flung locations and moved them around so they would not be recognized. U.S. Attorney Yang contrasted Ralphs’ actions with those of Vons and Albertsons, which she said developed “clear-cut policies” prohibiting bringing back locked out workers as temporary labor. Ralphs senior management adopted a looser policy, the indictment said, and encouraged such hiring when talking to local managers. The improper hiring strengthened Ralphs financially and helped it survive the lengthy lockout while the unions saw their resources drained, prosecutors said. Ralphs later disclosed that it paid Albertsons and Vons’ parent company about $147 million as part of a secret agreement the firms entered into in response to the strike. That profit-sharing deal prompted California’s Attorney General to sue the companies for anti-trust violations in a separate case that still is pending. [email protected] (213) 978-0390last_img read more

Obama To Hold “Fireside Hangout” On State of the Union Address

first_imgRelated Posts nick statt Tags:#Barack Obama#Google#Hangout 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s radio series of 30 “fireside chats” was a key way to connect the presidency to homes across the nation in 1933 and 1934. More than 75 years later, President Obama is using Google+ to “Hangout” with his constituents. In his ongoing series paying respect to the New Deal broker, Obama’s “Fireside Hangout” starts Thursday at 4:50pm ET (1:50pm PT). The President will answer questions from Americans nationwide concerning his fourth State of the Union address, which took place Monday night.Obviously no stranger to the Internet, Obama has a history of digital prowess and social media savvy. He knows how to captizlize on a viral meme, can overload Reddit with an AMA, and has long trounced his political opponents in Twitter outreach (even his best fake Twitter account has an unreasonably high number of followers).To be sure, the President’s culturally attuned staff is helping him every step of the way. After all, it was unprecedented  social tools and data crunching that helped him secure his second term.So if you have something you want to say about the President’s State of the Union address, or just want to watch the dialogue in real time, be sure to jump in the Hangout this afternoon. You can also see it at http://youtube.com/whitehouseand http://wh.gov. As of publication time, the number of confirmed attenddess of the virtual Q&A is nearing 24,000 Google users, and that number is likely to keep climbing as the kickoff time nears.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

a month agoTottenham see Southgate as top replacement for Pochettino

first_imgTottenham see Southgate as top replacement for Pochettinoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham see England boss Gareth Southgate as their top replacement for Mauricio Pochettino if the Argentine quits the club.Spurs chiefs believe Southgate’s relationship with the club’s England stars would make him the ideal successor to Pochettino, who increasingly looks as though he is in his last season at Tottenham, says the Mirror.Pochettino said before last season’s Champions League final that he could might leave if Tottenham lifted the European Cup – as it would have been the culmination of a five-year project.And speculation Real Madrid will come in for him refuses to go away, with Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane already feeling the pressure after returning to the La Liga giants.Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Danny Rose and Eric Dier have all made huge strides with England under Southgate’s tutelage.And that made him the perfect candidate when Pochettino’s comments in the lead-up to the Champions League final forced Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to consider potential replacements. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

GreatWest Lifeco reports lower Q3 profit due to hurricanerelated losses

first_imgWINNIPEG – Great-West Lifeco Inc. reported a drop in its third-quarter profit compared with a year ago as it was hit by costs related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.The insurance company says it earned $581 million or 59 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a profit of $674 million or 68 cents per share a year ago.Great-West (TSX:GWO), through its subsidiary London Reinsurance Group Inc., offers property catastrophe coverage to reinsurance companies.It says the most recent quarter’s results included losses related to estimated claims resulting from the hurricanes totalling $175 million after taxes.However, it noted that the loss estimate may change as additional information becomes available.Excluding the hit, the company says it earned $756 million for the quarter, up $82 million from a year ago, primarily due to higher fee income and lower expenses.last_img read more

Stunning ceramics make a Pit Stop at Peace Gallery North for the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Prince George artists Leanna Carlson and Karin Heathman made a pit stop with their exhibit “Road Trip” at the Peace Gallery North this past Friday.The exhibition will be running until March 31st at the gallery, featuring both of the artists’ ceramic work. The show features nearly a fifty-fifty split of both Carlson’s and Heathman’s works. Although both artists have vastly different styles, they both say that the theme of road trips suits the combination.Heathman said that when the pair were discussing the possible show, they decided on the theme of a road trip as it gave them a broad subject to work within. “Often when you are on a road trip, you might be going to Thanksgiving dinner, the beach or maybe something else! Road trips take you anywhere and gave us endless possibilities as artists”.Gallery Coordinator Catherine Ruddell said she’s excited to have the exhibit in the gallery for the month. Although Ruddell has only been with the gallery since January, she has enjoyed returning to the Peace Region and working in the local community space.“although the gallery is booked at a minimum one and a half to two years ahead of schedule, I have truly enjoyed getting to know the artists that are currently booked and what they plan to bring.”Carlson, who has been practising her ceramic work for over 26 years, said regardless of her experience, pre-show pressure always kicks in.“I knew coming into this show that I had nearly enough pieces built up, but as the show approached my artist’s brain kicked in. So I made multiple pieces for the show specifically to push my artistic envelope further.”The opening night of the Road Trip exhibit was Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm and featured live music. The exhibit will be available for viewing at Peace Gallery North until March 31st.last_img read more

Truck identified in break and enter has been located

first_imgIn the photo, the man is seen wearing a black jacket with a hood over his head and is seen with a dark coloured GMC or Chevy pick-up truck.Police say the investigation is on-going and no further details are available at this time.If you can identify the man in the photo, you are being asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Thursday, September 5th, 2019, RCMP put out a tweet on twitter looking for the owner of a maroon coloured car thought to be connected to the break and enter yet the vehicle was at the wrong address.The tweet shares, thank you all who sent this out to everyone you know. We received a call from a young lady who claims to own this vehicle. Appears to be a case of wrong address but we will be following up. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP have updated its Twitter account to say the pick-up truck associated with a recent break and enter has been located.The Fort St. John RCMP’s tweet shares, this truck has been located late yesterday. Our forensic people will be examining it today for possible evidence. Still need to identify this guy though.last_img read more

RBI buys $5 bn through forex swap auction

first_imgMumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Tuesday bought $5 billion through long-term forex swap auction in a bid to ease liquidity ahead of elections. RBI successfully concluded the forex swap auction, buying the targeted $5 billion as part of the long term dollar/rupee swap with a three-year tenor, it said in a statement. In turn, Rs 34,561 crore was infused into the Indian banking system. The RBI said it received $16.31 billion in bids for the auction for which the cut-off was set at 776 paise. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe central bank accepted $5.02 billion of dollars tendered. This formed part of RBI’s announcement earlier this month that it would buy dollars from banks for three years and offer them rupees in return. The swap will bulk up India’s foreign exchange reserves while injecting liquidity into the financial system to ease a cash crunch typically seen before the beginning of a financial year. It is meant to give RBI greater flexibility in managing banking system cash while helping soak up any potential large dollar inflows, such as from the Rs 42,000 crore purchase of Essar Steel by ArcelorMittal which could make the rupee rise sharply. India’s new fiscal year begins on April 1. The central bank has bought Rs 3 lakh crore of bonds this fiscal to support the market at a time when a record $100 billion borrowing plan of the government had cooled demand for debt.last_img read more