Immigrant farmworkers demonstrate in Foggia on Wednesday for better working conditions.By Gerhard FeldbauerAfter the death of 12 farmworkers in a traffic accident in southern Italy on Aug. 6, hundreds of migrant farmworkers walked off the job there. The USB trade union federation called for the strike.In a “march of red caps” — a reference to the covering which the workers usually use to protect themselves from the blazing sun — the protesters went to the prefecture [representing the national government] in the city of Foggia and demanded decent working conditions. At a demonstration by the CGIL, CISL and UIL trade unions in Foggia, member of parliament Roberto Speranza, who is also chairperson of the left-wing movement “Free and Equals” (LeU), expressed his solidarity with the migrants.Michele Emiliano, president of the regional government of Puglia and a member of the Democratic Party (PD), supported the strike as “a step against exploitation.”The workers who were killed were all from countries outside the European Union. They were crammed into a small truck which hit a tomato transporter truck head on. The apparently overtired drivers of both trucks also died.Two days earlier, four Africans were killed and four others seriously injured in a similar collision. The left-leaning daily Il Manifesto commented that these accidents once again showed how migrants in southern Italy have to work under inhumane conditions and how they are held as slaves.In Puglia, harvesters, mainly from Africa, but also from Poland, Bulgaria and Romania, have to work up to 12 hours a day in the scorching summer heat of over 40 degrees Celsius [104 degrees Fahrenheit]. They live in slums without running water or toilets and have no health care. Women workers are exposed to sexual harassment and violence.As the daily La Repubblica, published in Rome, reported, most of the workers are subject to what is known as a “caporalato” system of organized, undeclared work. They often earn little more than 1 euro per hour, while the standard wage is six times higher. In addition, a part of the workers’ income is deducted as rent for miserable shelters.The number of farmworkers exploited in this way is estimated at around 100,000 in Puglia alone. According to the CGIL, if the regions of Campania and Sicily are included, at least half a million people are illegally employed in grape, olive and orange harvesting; tomato, onion and strawberry fields; and peach and apricot plantations.Meanwhile, racism continues to spread, fueled by the Italian government. La Repubblica reported a new incident: On Aug. 7, on the Trenord regional train between Milan and Cremona, the train engineer called on the loudspeaker for “Gypsies [sic], beggars and other troublemakers” to leave the train.Citing police information, the Italian news agency ANSA reported on Aug. 9 that two 13-year-olds admitted having fired two shots at a Gambian man in Pistoia in northern Italy on Aug. 2. The boys said it was an empty pistol and they “just wanted to scare” the Gambians. According to reports, the boys also racially insulted the 24-year-old man.This article was published on Aug. 11 in the German newspaper Junge Welt. Workers World Managing Editor John Catalinotto translated it.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Texas, Baer now works as the online editor for DS News. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago HSBC National Mortgage Settlement SunTrust 2016-12-14 Kendall Baer in Daily Dose, Featured, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / SunTrust Misses the Mark Print This Post Previous: Reducing Habitually Delinquent Properties – A New Year’s Resolution? Next: Didn’t Like October’s Foreclosure Spike? Here’s Good News… An independent monitor for the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) has issued a report that SunTrust has fallen short in the progress with the NMS requirements, while HSBC’s first monitor report has passed with flying colors.The NMS was originally finalized in April 2012 between 49 states and the District of Columbia, the federal government, and five banks and/or mortgage servicers (Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, Ally/GMAC, and Wells Fargo). As part of the agreement, the five servicers were required to provide $20 billion in consumer relief and $5 billion in other payments.SunTrust became party to the NMS in June 2014 when it settled with the DOJ for $968 million to resolve claims that the bank engaged in improper mortgage origination practices as well as servicing and foreclosure abuses.Joseph A. Smith, Jr., monitor of the National Mortgage Settlement (NMS), reported that SunTrust failed one test during the first quarter of 2016 related to the collection of default-related fees including property preservation fees, valuation fees and attorneys’ fees.This report was also the first monitor report after HSBC reached a settlement of $601 million with the DOJ, HUD, CFPB, Federal Reserve, and 49 states in February of this year over claims similar to that of SunTrust.According to Smith, HSBC did not fail any of the Monitor’s tests on compliance for this first report. Additionally, the servicer has been credited with $222,601,311 in consumer relief towards its total obligation of $370 million, says the report.“HSBC has completed 60 percent of its consumer relief obligation and did not fail any of its tests during the first half of 2016 on how it communicates with and treats borrowers,” says Smith. “SunTrust failed one metric in the first quarter of 2016 related to the collection of default-related fees. I will continue to monitor HSBC and SunTrust’s compliance with the NMS servicing standards and will report on my review to the Court and the public in early 2017.” SunTrust Misses the Mark Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Kendall Baer Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: HSBC National Mortgage Settlement SunTrust Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago December 14, 2016 1,096 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save Subscribe
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Montgomery County Correctional Facility(PHILADELPHIA) — He’s been known on TV as Dr. Cliff Huxtable in “The Cosby Show,” Alexander “Scotty” Scott in “I-Spy,” and the title character in the cartoon series “Fat Albert,” but on Wednesday morning Bill Cosby started his first full day as inmate No. NN7687.Cosby woke up in a cell about the size of a walk-in closet at the State Correction Institute Phoenix, a sprawling prison in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.“He was in good spirits last night, as reported by the staff at the prison,” Amy Worden, a spokeswoman for the maximum-security lockup, told ABC News on Wednesday.Far beyond the razor-wire fence of the penitentiary, efforts were underway to erase Cosby’s celebrity status.The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable presented the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with a petition on Monday signed by thousands of people who want Cosby’s star removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.“The campaign to have Cosby’s star removed from Hollywood Boulevard has garnered thousands of signatures in the past three years and hundreds more have signed after his conviction,” Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the roundtable, said in a statement.“By keeping the Cosby star and ignoring the demand of thousands for removal the Chamber violates its own rules that an honoree must make worthy contributions to the community,” he said. “Cosby’s horrendous documented sexual abuses hardly qualify as worthy contributions to the community.”Hollywood Chamber of Commerce officials said that despite the petition Cosby’s star, which was unveiled during a ceremony in 1977, will remain intact.“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a historical record of entertainment figures past and present. Once installed, the stars become part of the historic fabric of the Walk of Fame, a ‘designated historic cultural landmark,’” the chamber said in a statement.Cosby’s star was vandalized earlier this month when someone used a black marker to scrawl the words “serial rapist” on it.Cosby arrived at the prison on Tuesday evening just hours after being sentenced to three to 10 years of “total confinement” and being designated by a judge as a “sexually violent predator” for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.Once he arrived at the 1 million-square-foot prison, a state-of-the-art $400 million maximum-security facility opened earlier this year, the 81-year-old entertainer was handed a blue prison uniform, a pair of boots, toiletries, towels, and linens for his prison cell bunk bed, officials said.His first meal in prison Tuesday night consisted of meatballs, rice, potatoes, and green beans, Worden said.The prison is only 25 miles from Cosby’s mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, but his new digs don’t include the luxury amenities the multi-millionaire is used to.His prison cell measures 7-by-13 feet with a 10-foot ceiling and is furnished with a bunk bed, a desk and stainless steel toilet.The 81-year-old Cosby, who is legally blind, is in a cell adjacent to the prison infirmary, officials said.“We are taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure Mr. Cosby’s safety and general welfare in our institution,” Pennsylvania Corrections John Wetzel said in a statement Wednesday.Following breakfast at 7 a.m., Cosby was to spend most of Wednesday in meetings, Worden told ABC News.“He’ll start the meetings with medical staff, psychological staff, and the records staff, which is part of the regular intake process for all inmates,” Worden said.He’ll be allowed phone calls and visitation in accordance with prison policy and will be given the opportunity to exercise during his classification process, she said.His first phone call Wednesday morning was to his wife, Camille, said Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt told ABC News. Cosby assured his wife he is fine and told her not be worried, Wyatt said.He said Cosby’s lawyers are working on an appeal and have asked for a bail hearing, expected to be presided over by the same judge, Steven O’Neill, who sentenced Cosby and denied his request for bail on Tuesday.Cosby will not be put in immediately with the general population of the prison, which has beds for nearly 3,900 inmates, Wetzel said.“The long-term goal is for him to be placed in the general population to receive the programming required during his incarceration,” Wetzel said.The prison is comprised of 31 buildings and ample space for programs to help rehabilitate prisoners.“The program space is especially critical when you think that a third of our inmates are mentally ill, 75 to 80 percent suffer from an addiction issue,” Wetzel said when the prison opened in June. “So, this is a facility that meets the needs, creates a safe and secure environment for staff and inmates. It gives us the ability to really fulfill our mission, which is to have people leave our system better than they came in.”More than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them in attacks dating back to the 1960s.He was convicted in April on three counts of indecent aggravated assault, stemming from his attack on Constand, a former director of operations of women’s basketball at Cosby’s alma mater Temple University who once considered the comedian a mentor.“No one is above the law, and no one should be treated differently or disproportionately,” Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill told Cosby before sentencing him on Tuesday as about a dozen women who accused Cosby of sexual assault watched from the Norristown courtroom galleryPrior to being sentenced on Tuesday, Cosby told his legal team, “I’m ready for this,” Wyatt told ABC News.“I knew this was going to happen. This has nothing to do with justice this has to do with the conspiracy to ruin Bill Cosby,” the comedian told his legal team, according to Wyatt. “This was already written in my future that this would happen to me.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Simsbury Police Department(SIMSBURY, Conn.) — Authorities released a gut-wrenching video on Wednesday that shows a Connecticut man entering a police department lobby and confessing to a brutal murder.William Leverett was accompanied by three members of his church last week when he turned himself over to police in Northern Connecticut and confessed to the 2014 stabbing death of insurance exec Melissa Millan, authorities said.Leverett, 27, allegedly walked in and said: “I’m here to turn myself in for the murder on Iron Horse Boulevard almost 4 years ago,” according to authorities. He also admitted to stabbing 54-year-old Millan on Nov. 20, 2014, on a jogging trail, police said. Officials at the Simsbury Police Department, located just outside of Hartford, released video taken from the station’s lobby, showing Leverett and members of the Open Gate Ministries speaking with an officer on the morning of Sept. 19.Leverett seems to walk in calmly but he appears to turn anxious after speaking with an officer near the station’s entrance. He speaks with the officer for about 20 seconds, takes a seat and begins to embrace a woman and the two men accompanying him. The officer walks away and reappears about five minutes later to shake the suspect’s hand and usher him away. Leverett allegedly told police that he didn’t know Millan but approached her because he was attracted to her “physical features,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit.Leverett said he got upset at some point and his “anger escalated,” according to the affidavit.Investigators said he told them that Millan was “way out of my league” and “the next thing he knew he had stabbed her in the chest,” according to the affidavit. Open Gate Ministries pastor Michael Trazinski told ABC News that he was with Leverett when he turned himself in. Leverett had spoken about the crime previously at the church, he said.“We were stunned,” Trazinski said Monday. “We knew what we had to do. Justice needed to be done.”Trazinski’s wife and Open Gate Ministries co-pastor, Colette Trazinksi, described Leverett as a “very helpful” and “faithful member of the church.”Leverett was arraigned on murder charges on Monday. He’s scheduled to return to court on Oct. 9, authorities said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Comments are closed. Women and youngsters top sickness leagueOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Sickness absence is concentrated in women workers, those working full-time,those aged under 30 and public sector workers, the Office for NationalStatistics has revealed. Its study, Trends and sources of data on sickness absence, has found thatlevels of longstanding sickness and sickness absence in the general populationhave by and large remained constant for the past 20 years. Almost 2.2 million days were lost to sickness during the autumn of 2001,when the survey was put together, accounting for 2 per cent of the totalscheduled working days at the time. This compared with 1.9 million daysreported the previous summer. The proportion of workers absent for at least one day in the week under thespotlight was 3.4 per cent. In the period under investigation, 3.8 per cent of female employees wereabsent from work in the previous week, compared with 3 per cent for men. The rates were highest among the 25-29 age group for men and the 20-34 and30-34 age group for women. Absence rates for men and women with a limiting longstanding illness were 7per cent and 8 per cent respectively, compared with 3 per cent and 5 per centfor those who did not have an illness. “A number of risk factors have been identified as being related tosickness absence, including overall health, job satisfaction and adverse socialcircumstance,” the report concluded. But, as yet, there were no accurate measures of these factors. “Theidentification of ways to measure these factors, and others which have yet tobe identified, will no doubt improve understanding of sickness absence,”the report added. www.statistics.gov.uk Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
The site is contaminated, so Washburn will say he needs the higher returns of residential to pay for remediation. He will say it won’t change the neighborhood because, despite its zoning, there are already lots of homes nearby. He bought the property in 2019, so he can say he did not cause the hardship. And the project is 25 percent commercial and 22 percent manufacturing, so he can say he is not asking for a purely residential use.But opponents — no doubt including Menchaca, who did not comment for this story — will rebut these arguments before Brooklyn Community Board 6, which can render an advisory opinion, and then directly to the BSA.They will start with this: The site is not only zoned for manufacturing, it’s in an industrial business zone. IBZs were designated by the Bloomberg administration to protect their businesses from the very thing Washburn is seeking — residential use.Residents in manufacturing districts call 311 to complain about noise, trucks, odors, lights or whatever else bothers them, leading to violations and fines for their industrial neighbors. Even worse, industrial landlords see nearby owners raking in cash from apartments and want the same, so they raise rents and offer only short-term leases or none at all until their business tenants give up and leave.IBZs were essentially a promise by the Bloomberg administration — and a message to landlords — that industrial sites will stay industrial. Mayor Bill de Blasio strengthened that promise by requiring a special permit for hotels and self-storage to locate there. His planning department might well have blocked a Washburn rezoning application before it even got to Menchaca. The mayor has less control over the BSA, but did appoint all five of its members.Advocates for industry will further challenge Washburn’s assertion that he can’t make a decent return on investment without apartments.“Industrial businesses have been a lifeline for our city,” said Ben Margolis, executive director of the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, which guards Red Hook’s IBZ. “Industrial properties remain a relatively strong sector, particularly as the pandemic continues to limit the city’s retail, office and residential markets.”Critics of the 14-story project will also call it out of scale with the low-slung neighborhood; Washburn will counter that 135 Richards Street, within the Red Hook Houses, is also 14 stories.The opponents will line up locals to testify against the project, and Washburn will line up locals to support it. (Several were quoted in his press release announcing the project Tuesday.)Washburn, a longtime Red Hook resident, is partnering with Washington, D.C.-based development firm Four Points on the project, which they have dubbed “the Model Block.” Besides the mixed-income housing, it has light manufacturing, office space, an art gallery and space for a restaurant and stores.It will be a fight, but a fair fight. Washburn’s alternative is to place the fate of his project in the hands of one man — a man running for office on an anti-development agenda and a record to back it up.Menchaca is sure to complain at the developer’s choice, but the Council member really did not leave him one.Contact Erik Engquist Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Share via Shortlink From left: BSA chairwoman Margery Perlmutter, developer Alexandros Washburn, New York City Council member Carlos Menchaca and a rendering of the project (Photos via the City of New York, LinkedIn and Arquitectonica)Developers can’t go through Carlos Menchaca, but they can go around him.The Brooklyn City Council member last year killed a major rezoning in his district and tried to stop one in someone else’s. Now, a builder is steering a $200 million Red Hook project to an agency where Menchaca has no vote.The proposal for 145 Wolcott Street includes 210 apartments — 61 of them affordable — in a manufacturing zone, so it needs either new zoning from the City Council or a variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals.The developer, Alexandros Washburn, opted to seek the latter, knowing that even if a rezoning got through city planners, the Council would defer to Menchaca because the project is in his district. Menchaca is best known for stopping the Industry City zoning application that the campus’s owners said would trigger $1 billion in upgrades to the campus.A rendering of the Red Hook Project (Arquitectonica)Three months later Menchaca rallied opposition to a $2 billion Flushing project in Peter Koo’s district, asking colleagues to ignore the same tradition of member deference that Menchaca had just demanded they respect on his own turf. The Queens project passed, but Menchaca’s move marked him indelibly as a man for developers to avoid.Washburn will instead roll the dice with BSA chairwoman Margery Perlmutter and the four other members of the obscure but powerful panel.Perlmutter is an architect and a lawyer. Land-use professionals consider her a fair arbiter. They see Menchaca as an unreliable negotiator — a politician who moves the goalposts, is inconsistent in his reasoning and bends to the whims of his loudest constituents.And now that he is running for mayor and courting the endorsement of the Democratic Socialists of America, the industry trusts him even less, if that is possible.Besides bypassing crotchety Council members, going to the Board of Standards and Appeals can save developers a year off the approval process — and maybe a digit off the cost.To be sure, Washburn’s path at the BSA will not be easy. Like all variance applicants, he must persuade the board of five things: that his site has special challenges, that he did not cause them, that he could not make a reasonable return without a variance, that his project would not change the character of the neighborhood and that he is not asking the board for more than he needs.Read moreGindi, Chetrit and Nakash plan Red Hook warehouseFood Bazaar to replace Fairway in Red HookPort Authority has waterfront land in Red Hook to sell Full Name* Email Address* Tagsboard of standards and appealsDevelopmentIndustrial Real Estatenew york city councilPoliticsred hook
Tags: Donovan Mitchell/NBA/Utah Jazz October 29, 2019 /Sports News – Local Mitchell’s last-second FT lifts Jazz over Suns 96-95 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPHOENIX (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points, including the game-winning free throw with 0.4 seconds left, and the Utah Jazz rallied to beat the Phoenix Suns 96-95 on Monday night.Mitchell took the ball in the backcourt in the final seconds and then drove through the lane, getting fouled by Devin Booker as he tried to make a layup. He made the first free throw before missing the second, and Frank Kaminsky III’s last-second heave was well short.Bojan Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 29 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range. Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 18 rebounds and made 11 of 12 free-throw attempts.The teams were tied at 70 heading into the fourth quarter before the Suns pushed ahead with five straight points. The game was tied again when Bogdanovic scored on a fast-break layup and was fouled with 1:45 left. He made the free throw to push the Jazz ahead 95-92.Phoenix (2-2) was led by Booker’s 21 points. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 and Jevon Carter had 15, including a 3-pointer that tied it at 95 with less than minute left.Aron Baynes scored 12 points for the Suns, including a career-high three 3-pointers. He made just 25 shots beyond the arc in his first seven seasons combined, including 21 last year.Ricky Rubio faced Utah (3-1) for the first time since signing a free-agent deal with the Suns in the offseason. He finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.Both teams struggled to make shots in the first half as the Jazz built a 46-39 lead. Bogdanovic led Utah with 14 points.TIP-INSJazz: Danté Exum was out with a right knee injury. … Utah outrebounded Phoenix 35-22 in the first half. … Mitchell was called for a Flagrant 1 foul in the third quarter after trying to fight around a screen by Baynes.Suns: Rubio returned after missing one game with a left knee contusion. … Ty Jerome is out with a sprained right ankle. … Phoenix had a moment of silence before the game for Al Bianchi, who was an assistant coach and scout for the Suns for 23 seasons, including during the team’s run to the NBA Finals in 1976. The team said he died at age 87. … Booker got a Flagrant 1 foul in the third quarter for hitting Gobert in the groin while fighting around a screen.UP NEXTJazz: Host the Clippers on Wednesday.Suns: Travel to Golden State on Wednesday. Associated Press Written by
With glassy waters and not a cloud in the sky, you couldn’t ask for a nicer day for this year’s Fishing For Kids. The event, hosted by The Ocean City Yacht Club and Ocean City Marlin and Tuna Club, has now surpassed a quarter century of History and is still going strong. Attendees were sure to take advantage of such a wonderful day shipping out early Sunday morning into the Great Egg Harbor Bay.The Yacht Club hosted around 125 guest from Pennsylvania area organizations. Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Variety Club, and Challenger League all dedicate their time on aiding and mentoring disadvantaged or disabled. A message organizers, Doug Walter (OCYC) and George Robinson (OCMTC) both love and wanted to help out in their own way through, Fishing For Kids. 25 boat owners coming from the local water sports clubs happily offered their time for this fantastic opportunity to take the club members out onto the bay. Hitting local fishing spots, many were lucky enough to snag a flounder or two. Even without landing a fish, getting to spend the morning out on the water was fantastic in and of itself.There were smiles all around from beginning to end. A picturesque day on the water, a great chance to help with fantastic organizations, and some fresh fish to take home. The 26th annual Fishing for Kids couldn’t have gone much better, and hopes go to next year being just a great an addition to the local tradition.