Las terribles noticias sobre el despliegue del cambio climático pueden tener efectos opuestos en las personas: desesperación, lasitud y negación, o energía de ira.Las filas de aquellos en este país que creen las mentiras, promovidos por la industria petroleras y repetidos por políticos oportunistas como Trump, que niegan el cambio climático se están reduciendo a la vez que las prueba se hacen más contundentes. A veces golpea a sus propias puertas, ya sean tormentas feroces o incendios forestales o inundaciones.Los jóvenes en particular, para quienes el futuro es una gran parte de sus propias vidas, están impulsando el movimiento exigiendo que los gobiernos y las empresas tomen medidas significativas para dar vuelta a lo que parece un deslizamiento imparable en el caos climático.Y cada vez más, las personas en este movimiento apuntan al capitalismo como el problema y al socialismo como la respuesta. Ya es hora, y todavía hay tiempo.¿Qué puede provocar el cambio?Durante el último siglo y medio, un período en el que la industrialización del planeta provocó enormes cantidades de gases de efecto invernadero que se acumulan en la atmósfera como una gran manta que calienta la Tierra, hemos visto a personas organizarse y hacer lo que parecía imposible cuando están convencidos de que sus intereses colectivos superan sus propias necesidades y deseos personales. Trágicamente, esta capacidad de sacrificio y lucha ha sido utilizada por las clases dominantes del mundo imperialista, que han adoctrinado a cientos de millones de personas para luchar y morir “por su país”.De hecho, las guerras mundiales del siglo XX, así como las “acciones policiales” devastadoras, como Vietnam y Corea, fueron impulsadas no por sentimientos nobles de democracia y libertad, sino por la feroz necesidad de mercados y ganancias incorporadas en el sistema capitalista.Aprender lo contrario, como lo han hecho muchos soldados que se vieron obligados a entrar en la guerra de Vietnam y ahora visitan amistosamente a ese país socialista, es una experiencia devastadora pero necesaria.En las últimas décadas, cuando los gobiernos capitalistas piden más sacrificios a las personas, el cinismo ha reemplazado al entusiasmo. Y comprensiblemente así. Pero el cinismo es la ausencia de creencia o convicción.Es lo que haces, no lo que te burlas y no haces, lo que cambia la marea de la historia.Un movimiento anticapitalista se está desarrollando en todo el mundo en respuesta a los crímenes del imperialismo. Uno de sus temas urgentes es el cambio climático. ¿Se puede hacer lo suficiente para detener el calentamiento global antes de que se alcance el “punto de inflexión” que, según advierten los científicos, lo haría irreversible?Obviamente, esto llevará a la movilización masiva a gran escala. Se requerirá una reestructuración cuidadosa y organizada de la forma en que vivimos, trabajamos y disfrutamos de la vida. Dicha reestructuración está completamente en desacuerdo con un sistema económico impulsado por las ganancias.Uniendo las fuerzas para el socialismoLa clase trabajadora tiene potencialmente el poder y la organización para paralizar el capitalismo, derribar su estado represivo y movilizarse para que la reconstrucción socialista planificada de la sociedad beneficie a los productores, no a los explotadores.Y necesita aliados entre aquellas personas que no son explotadas directamente en el punto de producción pero que sufren del capitalismo de cualquier otra manera. La lucha por un sistema sostenible, el socialismo, puede unir estas fuerzas de clase.En este momento, la mayor energía para el cambio social proviene de las personas más explotadas y oprimidas por este sistema. Son los pueblos de África, América Central, América del Sur y el Caribe, gran parte de Asia occidental y oriental y el Pacífico, los que menos han contribuido al calentamiento global, pero son los que más sufren las consecuencias.El reciente ciclón que golpeó a Mozambique, Zimbabwe y Malawi, matando a más de 600 personas como mínimo y devastando a cientos de miles, es un buen ejemplo. Así es la devastación del huracán de Puerto Rico que continúa. Pero también debemos incluir las inundaciones masivas en el medio oeste de los EE. UU., donde los más afectados son siempre los pobres, que carecen de un refugio adecuado y no pueden pagar un seguro contra inundaciones.La desesperación no nos llevará a ningún lado. La única respuesta efectiva al calentamiento global es luchar fuertemente por el poder de los trabajadores y el socialismo.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
NewsEducationNew publication released to commemorate 50 years of ‘free education’By Staff Reporter – February 6, 2018 1178 Email Facebook WhatsApp Print TAGSDonogh O’ Malleyfree second-level educationProfessor Judith HarfordProfessor Kathy HallProfessor Teresa O DohertyThomas O Donoghue Linkedin Professor Kathy Hall and book authors Professor Judith Harford (UCD), Professor Tom O’Donoghue (University Western Australia) and Professor Teresa O’Doherty (MIC). Picture: Liam Burke Twitter Just over fifty years ago, the then Fianna Fáil Minister for Education Donogh O’Malley announced plans for free second-level education, a move that was probably the most significant initiative taken in regard to education in Ireland following Independence from Britain in 1922 to the present.At the time, about a third – or 17,000 children – who finished primary school were dropping out of education; at 15 years of age fewer than 50 per cent were still in full-time education. Within a decade of the policy change, participation rates in second-level had doubled. Today, Ireland has one of the highest rates of second-level completion in the EU, with more than 90 per cent of the population completing the Leaving Cert.According to the authors of a recent publication, teacher education in Ireland over the last decade has become an issue of public policy. This activity has now become the subject of much comment and debate. Teacher Preparation in Ireland: History, Policy and Future Directions written by Professor Teresa O Doherty, Dean of Education, Mary Immaculate College (MIC); Professor Judith Harford, UCD and Professor Thomas O Donoghue, University of Western Australia, provides a worthy contribution to this debate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The publication, which was launched in MIC by Professor Kathy Hall from UCC, relates to the introduction of the ‘free education’ introduced in 1967, providing an exposition on the nature of teacher preparation for teaching in primary and second-level schools both before and after the initiative was taken. It traces the history of teacher preparation through a number of different stages.One of the authors Professor Teresa O Doherty said she hopes to “provide a history of teacher education which would be useful to the policy makers, so that armed with a sound knowledge of the background of programmes and colleges, they could better understand the radical developments which are occurring”.Launching the publication Professor Hall referred to the book as being “a fabulously rich resource for anyone seeking to understand what shaped teacher education in Ireland over the past century.” She continued to say that the book will be welcomed not just by those interested in the history of education here and elsewhere, but also by those interested in comparative and policy studies internationally.More about education here. Advertisement Previous articleColáiste Chiaráin to introduce coding as a subjectNext articleYoung musical talent in Limerick gets a chance to shine Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
Twitter 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook By News Highland – January 29, 2013 Donegal county council has committed to not increasing rents in 2013.The 2013 budget meeting was dominated by a council executive proposal to increase rents by 2 euro per month.While that proposal was eventually withdrawn it doesn’t mean a rent increase of some level could be introduced.Councillor Cora Harvey has now been assured that there will be no increase this year. She says the council will resist any pressure from government to do so….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/coraraw.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook News Previous articleMc Hugh says Shatter must give special consideration to border countiesNext articleDail to debate garda station closures News Highland Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Pinterest Google+ No rent increase in 2013 – Harvey WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Google+ Pinterest
iStock/Thinkstock(PARADISE, Calif.) — A Paradise, California, couple made a harrowing escape from the deadly Camp Fire with their four young children, describing it as driving “through hell.”When the blaze neared, Michelle and Daniel Simmons piled their kids — ages 8, 7, 2 and 1 — into their car to flee for their lives.They grabbed their wedding rings, a stuffed animal and a blanket.“It was so hot and so hard to breathe,” Michelle Simmons told ABC News. The children “were really scared. They kept asking a lot of questions.”“There was a woman on the side of the road running with her baby. I just replay the image over and over. She was barefoot,” she said. “I think the worst part for me, personally, was seeing the community, seeing everybody panicking.”Daniel Simmons described it as “traumatic,” adding, “There were a couple moments where I didn’t think we were gonna get out.”It took them about two hours to get out of Paradise as Michelle Simmons’ hometown burned around them.Once they reached safety, Michelle Simmons said she took the kids out of the car, hugged them and cried, feeling overwhelmed with thanks that they were OK but sadness that they’d never have their home back.The family is together and safe, with the exception of two of their cats who remain missing.“We drove through hell but we’re lucky,” Daniel Simmons said. “There’s so many other people who went through worse.”At least 48 people have died in the Northern California Camp Fire, now the the deadliest on record in the state. The blaze has burned over 130,000 acres and nearly demolished the town of Paradise.Michell and Daniel Simmons’ home is one of the many in the town now burned to the ground.Daniel Simmons said his employer has been extremely supportive, providing them with a hotel room and rental car. But they said many of their neighbors are not as lucky.“I can see people staying and sleeping in their cars,” Michelle Simmons said. “Everyone’s homes are destroyed. These people need so much help.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock/stevanovikigorBY: MICHAEL DOBUSKI, ABC News (NEW YORK) — “Doomscrolling,” also known as “Doomsurfing,” refers to the practice of surfing or scrolling through bad news headlines on the internet, even if those stories create unpleasant or unhealthy feelings.Google reported a spike in searches for the term this past July. “It’s definitely come into more popular usage in the last five months or so,” says Ben Grosser, an artist and professor at the University of Illinois. He first noticed his own doomscrolling in March, amid the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. “Once we had shelter-in-place here in the state of Illinois, I found myself sleeping even less than usual… Staying up late into the night, reading the news, waking up earlier than I intended, and immediately going back to the news. Such that I was getting maybe getting four hours of sleep at night.”As part of an effort to cut down on his own habit, Grosser created The Endless Doomscroller. It’s a website designed to look like the front page of a common social media platform, such as Facebook’s “News Feed.” But all The Endless Doomscroller shows is an infinite scroll of generic, troubling headlines.Posts on The Endless Doomscroller include: “Fear Persists,” “The Threat Is Existential,” and “Experts Say It’s Worse Than We Thought.” What’s more, it constantly refreshes, so visitors can never reach the bottom of the page. “[You] can scroll as fast or as slow as you want, and you can scroll as long as you want,” says Grosser. “But those headlines just will endlessly appear.” Grosser says the website’s posts aren’t intended to reference any specific event or news story. Rather, they’re supposed to highlight the act of doomscrolling. “If we distill down the activity to its bare essentials, then it helps us reflect on what it is we’re doing.” He says his goal is to both help people think about their personal habits online, and also to draw attention to how social media companies keep visitors engaged. “We have software platforms that are designed to be addictive – designed to keep us focused on them. And that is now combined with an international populace that is, in many ways, stuck online as their primary mode of interacting with other humans right now.” Grosser says he hopes his project helps people examine their social media habits more critically. “Perhaps the only way out of too much doomscrolling is endless doomscrolling.”Listen to ABC’s Mike Dobuski reporting for ABC News Radio’s “Perspective” podcast: Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Overtime ban may bring court actionOn 11 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. A grey area of strike law is set to be tested in the courts.London-based train operator Connex is considering legal action to try tobreak an informal overtime ban by staff which its union, Aslef, claims does notconstitute industrial action.Drivers re-started a work-to-rule on 4 January, after a temporary injunctionended, causing 387 services to be cancelled. Aslef has pledged to continueuntil a row over hours is resolved.A Connex spokesman said, “This is illegal action. We have used the courtsbefore and we are not ruling it out again if it is not put to an end.”Aslef spokesman John Richards said drivers are not obliged to work extrahours. “They merely have to give seven days’ notice before rosters arepublished. All we have done is advise them not to do the shifts,” he said.An expert in employment law at Pinsent Curtis said illegal action caninclude “non-participation in non-contractual duties” but it would beup to a court to decide.The overtime and rest day working ban started on 19 December, but Connexgained an injunction from the High Court on 23 December to force drivers towork agreed rotas over Christmas and New Year. The injunction ended on 3January.Aslef wants the working week cut from 37 to 35 hours, as well as improved pensionarrangements.
Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Charity highlights indigestion symptomsOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article One in five people cannot recognise the symptoms of indigestion and 18 percent believe heartburn is caused by eating food that is too hot, a consumers’charity has said. The Consumer Health Information Centre survey also found one in five peoplethink it is fine to burp at work. The CHIC is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms ofindigestion and is encouraging occupational health units throughout the UK topromote awareness to their colleagues. It has also published a free leaflet onthe issue. The workplace is full of potential indigestion triggers, according to DrSohail Butt, a committee member of the Primary Care Society forGastroenterology and an adviser to the CHIC. “Shift workers who eat at unusual times, people who are active soonafter eating and anyone in a stressful environment may be at increased risk ofexperiencing indigestion. “Indigestion can make you feel quite unwell, and so may disrupt yournormal working day. The campaign will promote ways of reducing indigestion andwill help people with symptoms to treat themselves effectively andsafely.” A resource pack is available from 020-7404 7842 or online at www.chic.org.uk
HR is central to Regus response to downturnOn 21 May 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The board of Regus, the serviced office provider, have not drawn theirsalaries since the middle of last year in a bid to cut costs. The company, which lost 60 per cent of its share value in four days lastJune, has restructured its HR strategy to support its drive for profitability. Mark Dixon, chief executive of Regus, explained that the directors have alsotaken pay cuts to help minimise the level of redundancies, although sales staffhave been cut by 50 per cent. “We didn’t want to lose people. If you lose staff, you lose customersand eventually you will lose the business,” he said. Regus has intensified its sales approach and is trying to improve thequality of its customer service. Goal-based bonuses have been introduced and HRis focused on maximising staff potential. It is also trying to recruit from non-traditional areas – older staff,part-timers and former staff – and is offering flexible working arrangements. Dixon told delegates at Richmond Events’ Human Resources Forum: “We aretrying to achieve more with less. HR’s role is to energise the business with anew, refocused approach. We are looking at new ways of hiring and employingpeople.” Secondments and transfers have become important to keep staff motivated, andthe firm has implemented an inexpensive online learning system. Dixon believes openness and honesty are vital when times are tough. He said:”Newspaper coverage affected the morale of the staff, and it becameessential to over-communicate to explain why everything was happening.” “When you’ve got flat revenues there is not a lot of good news to talkabout so we had to keep staff focused on our goals, which are profitability andcash generation, rather than stock price. If we focus on the basics then ourstock price will follow.” Last month, Regus signed a deal to provide Nokia with 10,000 serviced officeworkstations and Dixon is confident the company will achieve growth next year. By Mike Broad
NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017 TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANAUpcoming public projects were the main focus of Wednesday night’s edition of the Traveling City Hall. Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke was there along with other city departments.City Engineer Brent Schmitt gave an update on projects along North Main Street and near the downtown medical school campus.He also shared plans for road projects starting next summer on Weinbach and Covert Avenues along with the roundabout coming to Haynie’s Corner.Officials say the projects are all part of a new era of growth for Evansville.Schmitt says, “We always take people’s concerns and comments you know seriously and we’ll look into those comments and concerns and we’ll continue to move forward with the approval process for the process.”After the meeting folks got a chance to share their concerns one on one with the Vanderburgh County Department heads.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail