Chicago, July 7: Cuban unions as the voice of the workers

first_imgOver 60 people came out in Chicago on July 7 to greet Cuban labor leader Victor Manuel Lemagne Sánchez.  A reception was held at the hall of the Chicago and Midwest Joint Board of Workers United, with Service Employees Union Local 1 and the Latino Caucus. Lemagne Sánchez described how unions in Cuba serve as the voice of workers both with regard to control over their workplaces and in making their views known to relevant levels of government. He also explained the adverse impact on the Cuban economy from the U.S. economic blockade and called for renewed efforts to end it. His remarks were greeted enthusiastically by an audience made up largely of union and community group members, who then presented him with a Cuban flag cake.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Russia’s Pussy Riot claim World Cup pitch invasion

first_imgA security source told Interfax that the four were delivered to a local police station for questioning after being dragged off the pitch by stewards without putting up any resistance.Pussy Riot immediately posted messages on social media claiming responsibility and issuing a list of six political demands.“Let all political prisoners free,” said the first.Others included an end to arrests at peaceful rallies and to “allow political competition in the country”.The apparent protest was staged with President Vladimir Putin watching the match in a VIP box with his French and Croatian counterparts Emmanuel Macron and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.Pussy Riot is most famous for performing a protest song in Moscow’s main cathedral in February 2012.Three of the group’s members were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” at a trial that attracted global media attention and drew protests from rights groups.Group members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were released after serving 21 months of their two-year sentences.Fellow church protest participant Yekaterina Samutsevich was released on probation after two months.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Two members of Pussy Riot spent 21 months in prison for performing a protests song in a Moscow cathedral in 2012 © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 15 – Russian female protest punk group Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for a pitch invasion by three women and a man dressed in police uniforms that interrupted Sunday’s World Cup final.France were on their way to a 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium when match play was briefly halted in the second half.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola: Lionel Messi will NOT be signing for Manchester City

first_img1 Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola enjoyed remarkable success at Barcelona Pep Guardiola has downplayed any suggestions Lionel Messi will be signing for Manchester City, claiming the 29-year-old will remain with Barcelona for the ‘rest of his career’.It was Guardiola who turned Messi into the player he is today, and together they won a wealth of silverware on both the domestic and European stage.Since the 45-year-old agreed to take charge of the Citizens, it has been suggested he could try to tempt Messi to Manchester, making him the marquee signing of this new-look era at the Etihad.However, when asked whether he will be signing Messi, Guardiola replied with a definitive no.Speaking at a Q&A session with City supporters, the former Bayern Munich boss said: “He’s not a bad player, this guy, but I am sorry Messi has to stay in Barcelona for the rest of his career.”Guardiola has arrived in the Premier League after four years in LaLiga and three years in the Bundesliga, and he revealed that the chance to test himself in England was one of the main reasons he accepted the City job.“That is why I am here,” he added. “I proved myself where I was born in Barcelona and after I proved myself in Germany and I want to prove myself here.“To try, every game, every weekend that Manchester City play, that the people can be proud and enjoy our way to play. At the end, we will see what is our level to achieve our prizes, our titles. “last_img read more


first_imgFINN HARPS hit five past SD Galway – the perfect tonic to a series of defeats.Harps were impressive on their visit to the league’s bottom club, ending up 5-1 winners.The Donegal men went in just one ahead at the break, thanks to Thomas McBride’s penalty kick after the midfielder was taken down in the box. SD Galway were taken apart in the second half with Ciaran Coll, McBride, and Thomas Bonner scoring three times in five minutes to make the score 4-0 by the 70th minute.Ronan Conlon got one back for Galway, but Matt Harkin added a fifth at the end to continue Sligo’s shocking start to the season.Harps can now enjoy a three week break from the league – and hope to build on this result.  FIVE-STAR HARPS GET PERFECT TONIC IN GALWAY was last modified: June 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FIVE-STAR HARPS GET PERFECT TONIC IN GALWAYlast_img read more

Opening statement: Sharks hold off bruising Blues for Game 1 win

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/12/bang_a0c58571-a7c9-47fb-933b-bd0a9fd42d4f”]SAN JOSE — Remember the hits, animosity and general bad blood the Sharks had in their first round series in these playoffs?Well, it’s all back, and it seems to suit the Sharks just fine.Kevin Labanc snapped a six-game goal drought and Timo Meier scored his fourth and fifth of the playoffs in the second period to help the Sharks earn a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday in Game 1 of the Western Conference …last_img read more

Does the Brain Produce the Mind – and Ethics?

first_imgTwo contrasting views on the mind/body problem appeared in science journals recently.  In Nature this week,1 Paul Bloom (Yale) reviewed The Ethical Brain (Dana Press, 2005) by Michael S. Gazzaniga, a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics.  Bloom felt the need to clarify the difference between theological and evolutionary views on the source of ethics, because he felt Gazzaniga was careless about specifying the existence and source of moral sensibilities.  Bloom was frank and earnest about the distinction:Gazzaniga is a lot less cautious when it comes to the implications of neuroscience for ethics in general.  As he puts it in his preface, “I would like to support the idea that there could be a universal set of biological responses to moral dilemmas, a sort of ethics, built into our brains.  My hope is that we soon may be able to uncover these ethics, identify them, and begin to live more fully by them.  I believe we live by them largely unconsciously now, but that a lot of suffering, war, and conflict could be eliminated if we could agree to live by them more consciously.”    This conclusion would follow if our universal moral sense had been implanted by an all-knowing and all-loving God.  But biological evolution is a notoriously amoral force.  Innate moral universals would have been shaped by the selective advantages that arise from caring for our kin and cooperating with our neighbours, but nothing in our genes tells us that slavery is wrong, or that men and women deserve equal rights.  Such insights emerge through individual and group processes that engage all of our faculties, including our innate moral sense, but also the capacity to appreciate abstract arguments, formulate analogies, learn from experience, take other’s perspectives and so on.  Much of moral progress consists of using reason to override our gut feelings. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)A very different view of the mind has been published by the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society2 by Jeffrey Schwartz, a friend of intelligent design leader William Dembski.  Schwartz contends that assuming the brain can produce the mind is based on “ideas about the natural world that have been known to be fundamentally incorrect for more than three-quarters of a century,” namely classical physics compared to quantum physics:Contemporary basic physical theory differs profoundly from classic physics on the important matter of how the consciousness of human agents enters into the structure of empirical phenomena.  The new principles contradict the older idea that local mechanical processes alone can account for the structure of all observed empirical data.  Contemporary physical theory brings directly and irreducibly into the overall causal structure certain psychologically described choices made by human agents about how they will act.  This key development in basic physical theory is applicable to neuroscience, and it provides neuroscientists and psychologists with an alternative conceptual framework for describing neural processes.  Indeed, owing to certain structural features of ion channels critical to synaptic function, contemporary physical theory must in principle be used when analysing human brain dynamics.  The new framework, unlike its classic-physics-based predecessor, is erected directly upon, and is compatible with, the prevailing principles of physics.  It is able to represent more adequately than classic concepts the neuroplastic mechanisms relevant to the growing number of empirical studies of the capacity of directed attention and mental effort to systematically alter brain function.In effect, you cannot get mind out of matter, because this is precluded by quantum physics.  Dembski explains that this proposition “challenges the materialism endemic to so much of contemporary neuroscience,” and “argues for the irreducibility of mind (and therefore intelligence) to material mechanisms.”1Paul Bloom, “Dissecting the right brain,” Nature 436, 178-179 (14 July 2005) | doi: 10.1038/436178a.2Schwartz, Stapp and Beauregard, “Quantum physics in neuroscience and psychology: a neurophysical model of mind-brain interaction,” Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences, The Royal Society, 0962-8436 (Paper) 1471-2970 (Online).Bloom properly distinguished the stark contrast between theological and evolutionary explanations for ethics, but he committed logical fallacies in supporting the latter.  He borrowed Christian words like innate moral sense, appreciate, reason and progress which are undefined terms in the Darwin Dictionary.  How can he decide that the amorality of evolution is “notorious” without making a value judgment?  His argument shoots itself in the foot and thus leaves the alternative, the proposition that “our universal moral sense had been implanted by an all-knowing and all-loving God,” the logical choice.    The paper by Schwartz does not establish the theological origin of our innate moral sense, but undercuts one more materialist assumption for the alternative – at least temporarily.  Since science is tentative, today’s quantum theory may not be a final theory: it cannot serve as an ultimate foundation.  Any ethical system not based on absolutes and the assumption of an all-knowing and all-loving God is doomed to become merely a matter of personal opinion and social convention, and thus not a moral system at all.  The Bible offers a sure standard, a bulwark of moral confidence for troubling times.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

U.S. Onshore Wind: Building on a Strong 2016

first_imgLong-term growthAs for the longer-term growth, both the continued technological advancements from public and private investments and growing public support for clean energy ― even in the face of a hostile federal environment ― are enhancing the prospects of wind’s continued growth. Corporate demand for clean energy is burgeoning, and a large number of cities have now made impressive renewable energy pledges.However, supportive federal policy remains crucial to wind’s sustained growth. The best way to ensure that we keep investing in this low-cost, clean resource (and reaping the many economic, environmental, and public health benefits) is to have a strong carbon policy in place that protects the health of Americans and enables the U.S. to capitalize on the global clean energy opportunity. With growing public support and the right policy, we can expect the U.S. wind industry to keep powering its way to a bright future. By RACHEL FAKHRYIn the face of an administration that is hostile toward protecting the environment and addressing climate change, there is a bright spot in clean energy that can no longer be ignored: the nation’s onshore wind industry.The good news was reported out in this year’s annual Wind Technologies Market Report, compiled by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which said wind energy is the largest source of renewable power in the U.S. for the first time ever.And the news is getting even better. Thanks in large part to important federal policies, in 2016, new wind projects continued to be added at a rapid rate, making up 27% of new capacity additions; the industry added nearly 15,000 new jobs, and now employs a record 102,500 Americans; and average wind power prices remain extremely low at $20 per megawatt hour, which is cheaper than any other form of new power generation. Commercial-Scale Wind PowerGreen Basics: Residential Wind PowerWind Overtakes Hydro as Top Renewable in U.S.Resisting the Allure of Small Wind TurbinesU.S. Wind Energy Prices Hit an All-Time Low Note: This is part one of a series of blogs highlighting recent progress in onshore and offshore wind energy, as well as discussing some of the continued opportunities, challenges and threats the industry faces in the near term. The series was originally published by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Interest remains highThere is continued significant interest in wind energy. The amount of wind capacity in the transmission queues at the end of 2016 is a testament to the bright near-term outlook for wind energy. In fact, at the end of 2016, there were more than 140 gigawatts (GW) of wind capacity in the transmission queues — that’s more than one-and-a-half-times the total installed wind capacity in the U.S.! It’s also higher than all other generating sources in the queue — namely solar or natural gas projects. Although not all of these projects will get built, the substantial amount of wind capacity under consideration is a good indicator of the attractiveness of wind projects to investors and developers. Offshore wind mades its debutWhat’s more, the nation’s first offshore project was commissioned in 2016, the 30 megawatt (MW) Block Island project in Rhode Island, marking a major step forward for offshore wind energy (for more on that, stay tuned for our upcoming blog on offshore wind energy developments).After a remarkable 2016 and 2015, the industry can only expect to report an incredible 2017. In fact, 2017 looks like it will be another remarkable year for wind energy. Wind installations had their second strongest first quarter ever, and just capped off a very robust second quarter with 40% more wind projects under construction compared to last year’s second quarter. Looking forward, we need to continue to prioritize smart state and federal policies for these benefits to continue.Here are some of the key factors driving the industry’s top-tier performance: RELATED ARTICLES Performance is getting betterWind turbine performance is ever-improving. The average 2016 capacity factor of projects completed in 2014 and 2015 was 43%, compared to an average of 32% for projects built between 2004 and 2011. This performance upgrade is largely driven by improvements in turbine design, with average rotor diameter increasing by an impressive 13% compared to the previous five years, enabling turbines to capture a lot more energy. This technology advancement is driven in a large part by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) sizable investments in wind R&D to enable technology innovations and improvements. Rachel Fakhry is a policy analyst in climate and clean air and Midwest programs for the NRDC. Grid operations are improvingGrid operators are getting better at integrating high amounts of wind energy. Fourteen states now have wind penetration of 10% or more — that’s four more states than in 2015 — with Iowa still leading the pack with 37% of its annual generation coming from wind in 2016. Importantly, grid operators are getting better at mitigating curtailment ― when renewable projects have to reduce output because of congestion on the grid or excess generation ― as wind penetration increases outpaced any increase in curtailment in most areas of the U.S.This learning will help bring in more renewables into the nation’s electric grids and will further improve project economics. And this is a promising trend, as we need to rapidly boost our renewable energy generation to reduce carbon emissions and achieve our long-term climate goals. As highlighted by the NRDC 5th Annual Energy Report, wind energy supply today is 350% greater than predicted by the U.S. Energy Information Administration a decade ago. Federal production tax creditThe federal production tax credit (PTC) remains a core driver for wind power investment. In December 2015, Congress passed a multiyear extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC), providing long-term policy certainty for investors and developers. In 2016, power companies all across the country capitalized on the PTC by making strong, smart investments in this low-cost, zero-carbon resource. And the tax credits are expected to further bolster the industry’s near-term growth opportunities. Consider this quote from the CEO of Xcel Energy ― one of the largest utilities in the U.S. ― as a testament to wind’s increased attractiveness to utilities: “The fuel of tomorrow is literally on sale today. […] If I’m not firing up natural gas, instead I’m letting wind which is more economical do its work, then everybody benefits.” Costs are coming downWind project costs are declining while performance is improving. Driven by lower turbine prices, the average total costs of installing a wind project fell to $1,590 per kilowatt, a roughly 6% drop from 2015. These price reductions, coupled with improved turbine technology, have put downward pressure on total project costs and wind power prices.After reaching an all-time low in 2015, wind electricity prices remained at the average low price of $20 per megawatt hour in 2016. With prices that low, wind is the cheapest form of new power generation in many regions of the country. The dirt cheap prices are the product of improved turbine performance and continued cost reductions coupled with strong state and federal support.last_img read more

Pooping in MMA fight will now result in TKO loss

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding WATCH: UFC fighter accidentally soils herself mid-fightAhead of UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York this weekend,  the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) has made a bold move by getting rid of unwanted bodily fluids inside the octagon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe governing body, which is responsible for regulating MMA fights in the state, has now banned poop, urine and vomit while competing.According to the new rules in place relayed by MMA Imports, any fighter who would release the body fluids will forfeit the fight by technical knockout (TKO). Scree grab from Youtube/Domenick Nati ShowMixed martial arts is arguably one of the craziest and most unpredictable sports there is, as anything can happen inside the cage.One of the most bizarre incidents happened in June, when UFC Strawweight Justine Kish lost control of her bowels and visibly soiled herself mid-fight.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH As of this writing, only the NYSAC has imposed such a rule and it remains unclear if other governing divisions in other states will soon follow.The new regulation will take effect on Saturday’s event (Sunday in Manila), headlined by a UFC Middleweight title fight between champion Michael Bisping and the returning Georges St. Pierre. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:UFC fighter who pooped herself will be sponsored by butt-wipes company Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Bryant set to bring KO punch to UFC with BodyArmour CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:21’Shit happens’: Moreno steps on poop during Bonifacio Shrine inspection00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Hip joint replacement- series

first_imgNormal anatomyThe hip joint is made up of two major parts: the hip socket (a part of the pelvic bone called the acetabulum) and the beginning part of the thighbone (called the femur).IndicationsOsteoarthritis is the most common disease of the hip. It is caused by wear and tear on the joint. Cartilage is the firm, rubbery tissue that cushions your bones and joints. It allows bones to glide over one another. Cartilage can break down and wear away. As a result, the bones rub together, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness.The most common reason to have a hip joint replaced is relieve severe arthritis pain that limits what you can do. Hip joint replacement is usually done in people age 60 and older. This is because most artificial hips do not last more than 20 years. Also, younger people who have this surgery tend to place more strain on their new hip.Procedure, part 1Hip joint replacement is surgery to replace all or part of the hip joint with a man-made or artificial joint. The artificial joint is called a prosthesis. The artificial hip joint has 4 parts:A socket that replaces your old hip socket. The socket is usually made of metal.A liner that fits inside the socket. It is usually plastic, but some surgeons use ceramic and metal. The liner allows the hip to move smoothly.A metal or ceramic ball that will replace the round head (top) of your thighbone.A metal stem that is attached to the shaft of the bone.After you receive anesthesia, your surgeon will make an incision (cut) to open up your hip joint. Then your surgeon will:advertisementRemove the head of your thigh (femur) bone.Clean out your hip socket and remove the remaining cartilage and damaged or arthritic bone.Procedure, part 2Next, the surgeon will: Put the new hip socket in place and insert the metal stem into your thighbone Check your hips stability and place the correctly sized ball for the new joint Fix all the new parts in place, sometimes with a special cement Repair the muscles and tendons around the new joint Close the incisionA small drainage tube will be placed during surgery to help drain excess fluids from the joint area. A large dressing will cover to the hip area.AftercareThis surgery usually takes 1 – 3 hours. You will stay in the hospital for 3 – 5 days. Full recovery will take from 2 months to a year.Hip replacement surgery results are usually excellent. Most or all of the hip pain and stiffness should go away. Some people may have problems with infection, or even dislocation, of the new hip joint.Over time — sometimes as long as 20 years — the artificial hip joint will loosen. A second replacement may be needed.Younger, more active, people may wear out parts of their new hip. Their artificial hip may need to be replaced before it loosens. It is important to have scheduled follow-up visits with your surgeon every year to check the position of the implants.By the time you go home, you should be able to walk with a walker or crutches without needing much help. Use your crutches or walker for as long as you need them. Most people do not need them after 2 – 4 weeks.Keep moving and walking once you get home. Do not put weight on your side with the new hip until your doctor tells you it is okay. Start out with short periods of activity, and then gradually increase them. Your doctor or physical therapist will give you exercises to do at home.Over time, you should be able to return to your former level of activity. You will need to avoid some sports, such as downhill skiing or contact sports like football and soccer. But you should be able to do low impact activities, such as hiking, gardening, swimming, playing tennis, and golfing.Review Date:6/22/2012Reviewed By:A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, and David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery (9/22/2011).last_img read more

10 months agoFulham defender Chambers: We’re improving under Ranieri

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Fulham defender Chambers: We’re improving under Ranieriby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham defender Calum Chambers is adamant the club are improving despite Saturday’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United.The Cottagers are still bottom of the Premier League, having conceded 42 goals in 17 games.But Chambers, currently on loan from Arsenal, says the club are making strides under new boss Claudio Ranieri.”We’ve improved a lot of things over the last few weeks,” Chambers told Standard Sport. “Things are changing, things are looking positive. “We feel we played alright against West Ham, we created chances but we just didn’t put them in the back of the net. We’ve got to stay together, be positive. “We’ve got an important week coming up next week and we have to be ready for that.”We knew how important a game this was for us. We created a lot of chances and didn’t finish them, you can get punished in this league for that.” last_img read more