Since Arthur G’s humble beginnings in a suburban garage in 1979, the furniture company has come a long way. What started as a mere hobby for Greek migrant Arthur Georgopoulos has developed into an upmarket brand now recognised worldwide. “He would spend some time in his garage when he had spare time making and designing furniture. “For a few weeks he hit the road and drove around with the station wagon, showing retailers. One decided to try it on consignment, they sold one and it was a flow-on effect,” explains Leonard Georgopoulos, who came aboard the family business 10 years ago as managing director.Now in his 60s, although Arthur continues to play a significant role in the design process, the overall aesthetic has admittedly changed, evolving with global trends. “Our products have become more contemporary. Most pieces are quite timeless, so they’re designed to still look good after 10 or so years. With our end of the market you are investing in quality and well-made furniture,” Leonard tells Neos Kosmos.Along with the brand’s core range of sofas, chairs, beds and shelving, the company, endeavouring to cater to each customer’s need, also offer the service of custom and bespoke pieces.More recently, the company joined forces with some of the world’s best designers and interior architects, including Diane Bergeron and Alexander Lotersztain, to create exclusive and limited edition collections. Passionate about continuing his father’s work, while endeavouring to leave a mark of his own on the company, the managing director has maintained the quality of the brand while expanding its presence. Predominantly a wholesaler, the 35-year-old has given Arthur G a greater retail presence, now with showrooms around the country in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.“When I came in I decided that we needed to control our own destiny and that Arthur G the brand was a manufacturer but could also become a retailer. “This way we control the entire chain of events, and deal with the end user as well.”An important step for the company has been its environmental certification, having received the GECA Environmental Choice Award in 2008. Using only the best quality raw materials and exquisite fabrics and natural leathers from around the world, customers can rest assured that all aspects of the manufacturing process are eco-friendly. This has also made their product appealing for a number of commercial projects, including Hamilton Island Airport, Hayman Island Resort, Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, and Village Cinemas. But the real key to success for Arthur G appears to be in staying true to their roots.While evolving with the times and catering to the consumer’s needs and wants, they have remained true to themselves, careful not to steer away from where the passion stems: Australian quality craftsmanship. “What plays an important role in our aesthetic is the craftsmanship, the way we bring it all together. When we design something we also have in mind that the build and workmanship have to be right. You could say it’s contemporary design, but at the same time it’s got classic and timeless ties and is suitable for any setting.”Despite the trade liberalisation of the 1980s, when the bulk of manufacturing started its transition offshore, Arthur G has held its ground, designed and constructed from start to finish in the Victorian suburb of Huntingdale, as it was some 35 years ago.“To manufacture and design furniture here in Australia is quite niche, especially at our end of the market – there’s not many of us and to be honest, in the last few years there’s probably been a shift back and a real appreciation for a good Australian-made product.”Which is precisely what Arthur G is all about.Having gone from strength to strength over the last 10 years, Leonard’s passion for the brand and the industry as a whole is unquestionable. “We believe people should be embracing an Australian-made product as opposed to products that are made in South East Asia.“We have some very skilled tradespeople in Australia. The talent’s there, so we’re going to continue to nurture that and continue to expand and grow the Australian market.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
By Rohey Jadama State counsel A.M. Yusuf intimated to the court that the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) is presently engaged at the court martial andthat he did not leave Ousman Badjie’s Case file with him for the caseto proceed.He said this before Justice Simon A. Abi of the Banjul High Court onTuesday, 17th February, 2015.Lamin S. Camara, counsel for the accused, said that since the file isnot with the state counsel they cannot do anything about it. Hetherefore asked the court to take multiple dates for the subsequentsittings of the case.The case was then adjourned to 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th of March respectively.Mr. Badjie, the former Minister of Works, Transport and Construction,is facing two counts of negligence of duty and one count of economiccrime.The particulars of offence on Count One states that Ousman Badjiebetween 14 and 30 June 2014 in Banjul and diverse places, whilst beingThe Gambia’s Head of Mission in France, intentionally failed to pursuethe case of a stolen Twenty Seven Thousand Euros equivalent to D1,134,000, involving one Faisal Bojang, with the French Government, anomission which was shown to be detrimental to the economy of TheGambia, and thereby committed an offence.Count Two alleges that whilst serving as the Head of Mission inFrance, the accused willfully neglected to perform his duty for theFrench Government to pursue Faisal Bojang, to recover the amount of€27,000 embezzled (equivalent to D1, 134,000).On Count Three, it is alleged that in the same month and year, Mr.Badjie, whilst being The Gambia’s Head of Mission in France, willfullyneglected to perform his duty to pursue the police declaration thatthe signature of the Deputy Head of Mission was forged.]]>
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, December 28, 2016 – Some 3,000 children were presented with gifts on December 25 (Christmas Day) by Hah-R-Mony Entertainment Limited of Montego Bay. The event was facilitated by the St. James Municipal Corporation at the Old Hospital Park, Gloucester Avenue, in the city.Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis, praised the efforts of the local company for providing the gifts for the children. “The city really needed something as beautiful as this for a change,” he said. “There are many good and decent law-abiding persons throughout the parish of St. James, and we saw a lot of that on display here today. The parish council is indeed happy to have been a part of it,” the Mayor said.Originally billed to cater for 2,000 children, the event well exceeded the amount, forcing the organizers to resort to a contingency plan. Fortunately, there was enough staff on hand to keep things in order, so that every single child inside the venue was able to receive a gift. Earlier, they were treated to a live concert where the steel band Tropical Vibes was a huge hit, playing a number of popular Christmas songs.For his part, President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Omar Robinson, said he was impressed with the event. “The JHTA took some 60 kids from the SOS Children’s Village to the event, and they all had smiles on their faces. It is really nice to see an organization taking this time to put in such a tremendous effort. This is a beautiful thing for Montego Bay and the adjoining communities, and the organizers must really and truly be commended,” he said.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Entertainment Director of Hah-R-Mony, Ho-Chi-Min Castillo Rolffot, said his company is very happy to have been able to put on the event, noting that “it was worth every penny that we spent”. “We are fully committed to do this again next year. We are going to try our best to get more sponsors involved, so we can have even more gifts for the children,” he said.Hah-R-Mony Entertainment Limited is a promotional company that was established in 2009, and which currently operates in 29 hotels and employs more than 100 workers. #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:
Posted: June 13, 2018 LAKESIDE (KUSI) — A spate of small vegetation fires blackened patches of open land near El Capitan High School Wednesday.As many as four blazes erupted in close proximity to each other off the 13000 block of Willow Road in Lakeside at about 10 a.m., according to Cal Fire.Authorities shut down Ashwood Street between Mapleview Street and Willow Road while firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, the state agency reported.It took crews about an hour to halt the spread of the non-injury fires, which scorched a total of roughly two acres.It was not immediately clear what sparked the blazes, which posed no structural threats and necessitated no evacuations. KUSI Newsroom, Firefighters contain group of small vegetation fires in Lakeside June 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Macau student killed by junket van RelatedPosts APE launches 2019 gaming internship program alongside University of Macau One of Macau’s foremost gaming academics, Desmond Lam is a Professor in International Integrated Resort Management (IIRM) at the University of Macau. He chairs the international accreditation (AACSB) committee and is in charge of the postgraduate programs (MSc and PhD) in IIRM.Desmond is a life member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and the recipient of several research as well as industry awards including Clare Hall Cambridge Fellowship and “Emerging Leader” trophy at the 2016 Asia Gaming Awards. Galaxy expands its Japan-Macau Integrated Resort Management Mentorship Scheme Load More Desmond has studied and written extensively on gaming-related issues, Chinese in particular. These are featured in premier trade publications like Global Gaming Business, Infinity Gaming Magazine and Inside Asian Gaming as well as in scholarly journals like Annals of Tourism Research, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Gambling Studies, Journal of Business Research and Marketing Letters. He is also author of the book Chopsticks and Gambling (published by Routledge), which examines the little-known world of Chinese gambling from historical, cultural, psychological and social perspectives.Desmond has been a judge for the International Gaming Awards since 2008, a selection panel member for Inside Asian Gaming’s prestigious Asian Gaming Power 50, an academic affairs advisor to the Macau Gaming Management Association since 2012, an editorial board member for the Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management and an invited speaker to numerous conferences and executive seminars. He is also active in consulting projects and has done work for the Macau government as well as integrated resorts.
Alienware m15 15.6-inch 3,480 x 2,160 OLED display Alienware m15 Graphics Bluetooth Dell Google Samsung It’s possible that’s just a glitch, because the monitor reports itself as HDR capable but the integrated graphics driver thinks otherwise; it’s possible that’s caused by the operating system reporting incorrect specs to the driver. The screen does seem to meet the bare minimum HDR specs as required by VESA’s DisplayHDR 400 True Black specification, including wide color gamut coverage — in testing, it covered 106% of UHDA-P3, which is huge. That’s because it’s able to push the unsaturated primaries beyond the gamut’s edges. And its minimum black effectively measures as true black (i.e., 0 nits). I didn’t measure how long it could sustain its peak brightness, but it did overshoot the enough to compensate for any instability; in other words, its 492 nits peak in a 10% window was high enough that even though it started to drop immediately it would have taken a long time to drop below the 400 nit minimum. Even so, though it supports Windows HDR for streaming video, it’s nearly impossible to tell if it’s actually applying the setting. All video has more presence because of the native contrast, though.But there are other gaming-related expectations you need to manage as well. OLED screens only come in 4K, so you run into the fixed 60Hz refresh-rate limit. Depending upon the games you play, ugly frame-rate sync artifacts like tearing and stutter may overshadow the OLED’s pleasing pop and fast pixel response times. The system is fast, but not fast enough for consistent 60fps 4K gameplay (likely true even with the RTX 2080), and if you drop to a lower resolution for better frame rates, you’ll need to use software-based vsync or cap the frame rate to get best results.Windows’ color management is awful, and it doesn’t seem to know how to handle OLED screens. I could rant — and I will, elsewhere — but in this case, the implications for gaming boil down to gamma (how a system maps requested color brightness values to the capabilities of a display), which resulted in deep grays visually clipping to black on the m15. While the gamma measured 2.1 (slightly lower than the OS-expected 2.2, which it hits at a lower brightness level), the overall value obscures the flatness of the curve in the shadows, which isn’t a problem with non-OLED displays that don’t get down to zero black.Nor does it help that for the few games that do have gamma controls, many of the interfaces makes it nearly impossible to adjust properly because they provide no useful visual guidelines. The clipped blacks didn’t hurt too much in the moody-environment games I played except one — Sea of Solitude — which admittedly has the aforementioned awful gamma controls. To see the dark-gray-on-black monsters and Kay, the protaganist, required boosting the gamma, but that washed out the otherwise beautiful colors and bright flares.The screen’s deep blacks were made for games like Beholder 2. Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET Then there are the general drawbacks. OLED pixels emit light rather than using a backlight, which means it takes more power to hit a particular level of brightness, and the tradeoffs for that are battery life, heat, image retention and lifespan.Combined with driving a power-hungry 4K screen, that can potentially put a big dent in your unplugged time. Compared to the m15 we tested with a 144Hz HD display and GTX 1070, battery life dropped 1.1 hours (22%), from 6.6 to 5.5, though I really expected the difference to be more dramatic. So there’s that.But our streaming video test don’t reflect how a predominantly white background affects battery life. When writing this in Google docs, with its all-white screen (even at 70% brightness), the m15’s battery lasted a mere three hours — even with all the battery saving options maxxed out. Still, not that unusual for a gaming laptop.And even with panel self-refresh turned off in the Intel driver, there’s still periodic flicker, at least while working on an all white screen.So the bottom line is, at least for the moment, gamers won’t see a lot of benefits from OLED on this gaming system, unless all you care about are the blackest blacks you’ll ever see, which gives even a dim display terrific contrast, and a wide gamut with saturation dialed up to 11. Memory The Alienware m15 is shockingly slim, for an Alienware Mentioned Above Alienware m15 Gaming Laptop Laptop -WNORN5CHM155H Review • Alienware m15 review: An evolving gaming laptop with a practical side Tags 1:49 1 See it Storage 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0 News • Alienware m15, m17 thin gaming laptops get a big facelift Now playing: Watch this: $949 Display size/resolution 512GB The contrast compensates for its relatively low typical brightness. While it hit a peak of about 519 nits, that was only for a 2% window in the center of the screen; full screen brightness tested at a maximum of about 492 nits. Those are with the system brightness set to 100%, though, which you really don’t want to leave it on, especially if you’re looking at a lot of white screens. You can always jack it up as desired for gaming.It’s actually more color accurate at lower brightness levels as well, set somewhere between 60 and 70%. The white point’s a little low (6038K) and the skin tones look meh in video, but it’s better than many displays with average delta E values below 4 on almost all counts (color, luminance and saturation tests).At about 70% system brightness, a comfortable level which doesn’t blow out your eyeballs while working, it has a typical full-screen brightness of about 195 nits. That doesn’t look quite as good on a normal IPS display because of the lower contrast.Where the sidewalk endsFirst, there’s the execution. The biggest issue is that the m15 doesn’t support HDR in games or wide-color gamut in applications. I’m still waiting to hear back from Dell about why. CPU Share your voice 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H Preview • Alienware’s skinniest gaming laptop now available starting at $1,380 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Operating system Computers Monitors Laptops 14 Photos 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz Windows 10 Home (64-bit) Networking Comment 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 2070 with Max-Q Design Alienware M15 Lori Grunin/CNET Who doesn’t want to play on a screen with sky-high contrast, super-saturated colors and zippy pixel response? That’s what you get with an OLED display. But it’s not all fun and games, as I discovered after spending a couple weeks with an OLED-equipped Alienware m15.The configuration we went hands-on with isn’t available to buy: you can only get this model with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, not the 2070 as we tested. With the same screen, that model will run you $2,700; the OLED screen is a $200 upgrade over the base model.The only manufacturer of OLED laptop panels is Samsung, and it only makes one panel at the moment. So every laptop with an OLED display uses the same panel. However, the implementation makes a big difference, so all laptop OLED screens do not perform the same. This one incorporates EyeSafe’s blue-light reduction technology, which accounts for the somewhat low white point, but didn’t induce any noticeable color shifts otherwise.Let’s start with the rhapsodizing. The initial visual impact while gaming? Wow. The dark blacks make everything else pop, and nonphotorealistic graphics with saturated colors get dialed up to 11. The bright red scanners in Beholder 2’s dreary brown, gray and black world seem even more chilling, while the other intensified splashes of color add contrapuntal surrealism. It pepped up Sinking City’s relatively flat tonality almost enough to overlook its myriad flaws. And staring at the OLED screen was great for working. Even with the brightness set as low as 50%, the technology’s naturally high contrast makes working on a typical web screen (Google docs, in this case) for hours a lot easier on the eyes than most laptop displays.
Aircraft manufacturer Boeing will deliver two Dreamliner aircraft to Air India by the end of this year. In addition, four more Dreamliners will be added to the state-owned carrier’s fleet next year.”The delivery of Dreamliners starts in November this year. Its delivery is on schedule. First plane in November and the next in December. Four more in 2017,” Dinesh Keskar, Boeing’s senior Vice President (Asia Pacific and India) told the Press Trust of India.Air India despite being one of the first customers of Boeing’s 787-800 is still struggling with rectifying the technical glitches of the previous deliveries of its Dreamliner fleet. Technical glitches in the past have forced the carrier to ground its planes on numerous occasions and cause long flight delays, which results in loss of revenue for the state-based carrier.Around a decade ago, Air India had placed an order for 68 Boeing aircraft, which included 27 Dreamliners and 41 Boeing 777 and Boeing 737-800.Not just Air India, Boeing is reportedly in talks with SpiceJet for plane orders.”The answer is very simple. They have already ordered Boeing 737 MAX planes. They have been operating Boeing planes from day one. All they are looking at now is what kind of price Boeing will offer or what benefits Airbus will offer. When the time is right, they will make their decision,” Keskar said.In the Indian civil aviation market, domestic carriers such as Air India, Jet Airways and SpiceJet have Boeing aircraft in their fleet.In terms of market share, Air India’s share for the month of May increased to 15.6 percent.Two months ago, Air India had offered new discount scheme in a bid to woo passengers. It had announced an all-inclusive airfare of Rs. 1,499 to passengers on all domestic routes. The limited-period scheme was valid for five days during the last week of May.
Another week is drawing to a close, meaning there’s a bunch of new Star Wars rumors to dive into…Star Wars StoriesHere’s a rumor we’re revising. A new listing for an actress named Valene Kane has appeared on her IMDB page for a character named Lyra Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. You may remember the name Lyra Erso came up in January when it was found on a casting site and at the time it was thought it might be Jyn. Kane was born in 1987 so she’s either playing a sister to Jyn or her mother in a flashback.BBCIf you’re looking for more information on the upcoming Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, you’re going to want to look toward Star Wars Celebration Europe later this month. The “Future Filmmaker Discussion” panel at Celebration Europe is going to feature Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm Story Group member Kiri Hart, Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson, and Han Solo: A Star Wars Story directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord.A similar panel at Star Wars Celebration 2015 gave us our very first tease of Rogue One and was slated to give us a look at the unnamed Boba Fett film before its director Josh Trank left the project. The panel in Anaheim was full of great insight and sneak peaks at the film, so you won’t want to miss the details from this one!Star Wars: Episode VIIIThis one isn’t so much a rumor as much as wishful thinking on the part of veteran Star Wars actor Samuel L. Jackson. Twice this week while promoting his new film The Legend of Tarzan, Jackson has brought up the idea that his character Mace Windu did not die in Revenge of the Sith. And he says George Lucas is on his side. “George is like, ‘I’m okay with that. You can be alive.’”Jackson’s interview with Entertainment Weekly Radio goes into more detail about his thoughts on what happened to Mace after that fateful duel with Darth Sidious. Might we see grizzled old Master Windu in Star Wars: Episode VIII? Jackson thinks there’s room to explore the idea.Star Wars CollectingWith San Diego Comic-Con just a few weeks away major toy manufacturers are starting to debut their Comic Con exclusives and the Star Wars findings are starting to look great. So far fans have been going crazy for the Funko reveals.On Wednesday Funko announced two of it’s Star Wars exclusives, including thumbs up BB-8 and Han Solo from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Furthermore on the Funko front, this image appeared on Instagram not too long ago showing some Gamestop pre-orders for POP! Vinyls including a few Rogue One selections and Qui-Gon Jinn:Visit the San Diego Comic Con blog for more exclusives including Star Wars stuff from ThinkGeek and Gentle Giant!If that’s not enough to wet your whistle, I’m hearing we might be getting info about Rogue One toy releases as early as next week.
On Wednesday, Facebook launched Candidate Info, where politicians can pitch on camera. It features thousands of direct-to-camera vertical videos where federal, local and state candidates introduce themselves and explain their top policy priority, qualifications and biggest goal if they win office. Scott Walker (R – WI Governor), Elizabeth Warren (D – MA Senate) and Beto O’Rourke (D – TX Senate) have already posted, while Facebook expects more candidates to participate, shortly. The Facebook mobile app’s navigation drawer will soon show these videos as part of an Election 2018 bookmark. The video clips will begin appearing to the potential constituents in the News Feed, next week. Facebook believes these videos will make it easier for people to learn about and compare different candidates. This feature is an addition to the Town Hall feature which Facebook had launched in 2017, which offers a personalized directory of candidates the users could vote for. In a similar fashion, Candidate Info only shows video clips from politicians running elections relevant to a given user, so in case, you are in California you won’t see videos from the Texas Senate race between O’Rourke and Ted Cruz. Though, you can still find their videos on their Facebook Pages. Considering, the midterms are just around the corner, Facebook is trying its best to protect elections from interference by domestic and foreign attackers, connect users to candidates, offer transparency about who bought campaign ads, and encourage people to register and vote. With fake news that spread through the social network thought to have influenced the 2016 election, and ill-gotten Facebook user data from Cambridge Analytica applied to Donald Trump’s campaign ad targeting, the social media platform is hoping to avoid similar problematic narratives this time around. We aren’t sure Candidate Info is going to help here though. If anything, it might make things worse for the elections. It looks a lot like a shiny new filter bubble. What happens, for example, if one candidate in a constituency uses this tool to reach their constituents and the other doesn’t? Worse, still what if they don’t own a Facebook profile? This could give one of the parties an undue advantage as they will be on the top of the mind on Election day. And even if both the parties have their accounts and opt for this tool, what’s the guarantee that there won’t be any algorithmic manipulations? One of the campaigns from either of the parties might get an advantage purely based on what’s trending. Thirdly, the logic behind Facebook deciding which candidate’s pitches are relevant to the user based on where they are located is blickered, at best and dangerously comprising the viewer’s worldview, at its worse. Friends and family, though distributed across states, do influence who one votes for by virtue of their shared values. Denying users a chance to understand candidates from other constituencies simply tells an incomplete story. This could prevent healthy national level discussions and directly impact who becomes the next president. The bottomline is users should be ones deciding who to listen to, not the algorithm. Read Next Did you know Facebook shares the data you share with them for ‘security’ reasons with advertisers? Coinbase looking to replicate Facebook’s platform strategy with support for more digital assets WhatsApp co-founder reveals why he left Facebook; is called ‘low class’ by a Facebook senior executive
Related posts:Ex-trade minister Anabel González: TPP, like CAFTA, will help Costa Rica in long run US, Latin American leaders push hard for proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership US lawmakers ease Obama’s path to Pacific trade deal Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators push hard for deal TheTrans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations has been characterized as the most progressive trade agreement in our history, with the strongest labor and environment provisions ever.But what is the benchmark? To date, the United States has never had a trade agreement that protects basic rights and raises wages and living standards for working people. Previous agreements have failed to ensure the integrity of the democratic process and preserve consumer and environmental protections. Comparing this pact to previous agreements sets a pretty low bar.While there have been some small improvements to the labor chapters of trade agreements over the years, the enforcement record has been mediocre.In April 2008, the AFL-CIO, together with several Guatemalan labor unions, filed a petition under the Central America Free Trade Agreement. This is the first step in initiating a complaint when there has been a violation of the labor commitments in a trade agreement. The petition alleged that the Guatemalan government failed to enforce its own labor laws — tolerating repression of union activity and blacklisting, as well as violence and intimidation, including the assassination of two union officers.Seven years later, a dispute settlement panel has yet to hear the case — and workers continue to wait for justice.In March 2012, the AFL-CIO and more than 20 Honduran labor organizations alleged that Honduras, too, was failing to enforce its labor laws. This petition detailed egregious violations affecting hundreds of workers. Not only did the Honduran government fail to protect workers from beatings and assassination, but its own police and soldiers were implicated in a number of cases. Despite the egregious and repeated violations, the Obama administration took almost three years to even publish a report. Workers wait for justice.In April 2010, the U.S. and Colombian governments, with an eye toward speeding ratification of the long-stalled U.S.-Colombia trade deal, announced a “labor action plan,” which was intended to bring Colombia into compliance with internationally recognized labor rights. Since the plan’s announcement, 105 Colombian trade unionists have been assassinated. Clearly, the new standard — reportedly similar to what’s included in the TPP — is insufficient to the monumental task of creating a fair playing field for U.S. and Colombian workers. Workers wait for justice.The labor movement has fought for more than 20 years to include enforceable labor provisions in trade deals. Workers in the United States — and in our trading partners — have an economic interest in ensuring that basic rights are respected. If employers can violate the right to unionize with impunity, they can easily bring down wages, for all workers, globally.That’s why the AFL-CIO, working with union federations from the other TPP countries, has offered suggestions to our government over the past five years to improve the labor chapter — and address the failures of prior trade deals.Our recommendations include, among other things, the right to bring a labor claim based on a single egregious violation (such as a mass firing or violent attack), clear rules and deadlines that would require timely action on meritorious cases, protections for migrant workers, a ban on goods produced with forced or child labor, an independent secretariat to study and review labor practices and new standards related to labor inspections and decent work.We don’t know yet whether any of our proposals made it into the TPP, since the text has not been made public. But the administration has given no public indication that our suggestions have been incorporated into its own negotiation text — let alone the negotiated draft. Until we hear something different, we remain unimpressed by the administration’s boasts about how strong and progressive the labor chapter is. We have heard those promises before.Vietnam, Mexico, Brunei and Malaysia — all TPP countries — are notorious labor and human rights violators, currently out of compliance with the standards supposedly in the TPP. There is no known plan to withhold TPP benefits until these countries comply.This raises serious doubts about whether the TPP will create a level playing field for workers. History shows we have one chance to get this right. That is why we oppose giving the Obama administration “fast-track” negotiating authority that would limit Congress’s ability to influence a final deal. The administration should release the TPP text and let the public judge for itself whether this deal will truly raise labor standards and conditions for workers when similar language included in past deals has been ineffective. Anything less is irresponsible.– – – –Trumka is president of the AFL-CIO. Facebook Comments
The vital role family plays in society (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressMINSK, Belarus (AP) – International observers on Monday condemned a weekend vote in Belarus in which not a single opposition politician won a parliament seat. The election looks set to deepen the former Soviet nation’s diplomatic isolation.Critics also said the 74.3 percent turnout reported Monday by the country’s Central Elections Commission chairman was way too high and indicated widespread fraud. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Political analyst Leonid Zaiko said the way the elections were held highlighted Lukashenko’s desire to prepare for another beckoning economic crisis.“He plans to control the situation with an iron fist. He has no time for any opposition, not on the street and certainly not in parliament,” Zaiko said.Lukashenko’s landslide win in the 2010 presidential election triggered a mass street protest against election fraud that was brutally suppressed. Some of the 700 people arrested at that protest are still in jail, including presidential candidate Nikolai Statkevich.Opposition politicians have cautioned supporters to refrain from holding protest rallies this time.The opposition had hoped to use this election to build support, but 33 of 35 candidates from the United Civil Party were barred from television, while the state-owned press refused to publish their election programs.The United Civil Party and another leading opposition party, the Belarusian Popular Front, pulled their candidates off the ballot and urged voters not to show up at the polls a week before the election.The United States and the European Union have imposed economic and travel sanctions on the Belarusian government over its crackdown on opposition groups and independent news media. “The aim of giving President Lukashenko’s regime the appearance of democratic legitimacy has clearly failed,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in a statement. “In view of the glaring irregularities in these elections, it is clearly visible for everyone what Belarus is today: the last dictatorship in the heart of Europe.”Westerwelle said Germany and its European partners would step up their efforts to push for the release of political prisoners and isolate Lukashenko and his regime.EU foreign ministers hold talks in Brussels next month on political freedom in Belarus. They are expected to consider possible revisions to sanctions against the country aimed at more specifically targeting those in the leadership deemed responsible for the political crackdown.EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule lamented that “the elections took place against the background of an overall climate of repression and intimidation” and described it as “yet another missed opportunity to conduct elections in line with international standards in Belarus.”____Geir Moulson in Berlin and Raf Casert in Brussels contributed to this report. Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? The main opposition parties, which were ignored by state-run media, boycotted the election to protest the detention of political prisoners and the ample opportunities for election fraud.The vote filled parliament with representatives of the three parties that have backed the policies of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.“This election was not competitive from the start,” said Matteo Mecacci, leader of the observer mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. “A free election depends on people being free to speak, organize and run for office, and we didn’t see that in this campaign.”Belarus’ parliament has long been considered a rubber-stamp body for Lukashenko’s policies. He has ruled Belarus since 1994 and Western observers have criticized all recent elections there as undemocratic.Local independent observers estimated the overall turnout as being almost 19 percent lower than the official 74.3 percent figure.“Belarus gets ever closer to the worst standards of Soviet elections,” said Valentin Stefanovich, coordinator of the Rights Activists for Free Elections group.At least 20 independent election observers were detained, according to rights activists. Comments Share
The new ‘prime minister’ in the north Tufan Erhurman, presented on Friday the new ‘cabinet’, including negotiator for the Turkish Cypriot community, Ozdil Nami, who was appointed as ‘minister’ of economy and energy.Erhurman, was handed the task of forming a ‘government’ by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci after his party, the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), agreed to form a coalition ‘government’ with the Peoples’ Party (HP), the Social Democratic Party (TDP) and the Democratic Party (DP), following elections in the north last month.After Akinci approved the 11-member ‘cabinet’ on Friday, Erhurman announced the new ‘ministers’.Former negotiator and head of the HP, Kudret Ozersay was appointed as ‘deputy prime minister’ and ‘minister’ of foreign affairs. The head of the DP, Serdar Denktas, remains ‘minister’ of finance.CTP member Nami, who resigned from his post as negotiator, is now the new ‘minister’ of economy and energy, while the head of the TDP, Cemal Ozyigit was appointed as ‘minister’ of education and culture.The new ‘cabinet’ also includes two women, HP’s Aysegul Baybars Kadri who was appointed as ‘minister’ of interior and Filiz Besim of the CTP as ‘minister’ of health.‘Minister’ of labour is TDP’s Zeki Celer, while ‘minister’ of public works and communications is HP’ Tolga Atakan. ‘Minister’ of tourism and environment is DP’s Fikri Ataoglu and CTP’s Erkut Sahali is the new ‘minister’ of agriculture and natural resources.The ‘cabinet’ was to be presented to ‘parliament’ later on Friday, while ‘MPs’ will be informed of the coalition ‘government’s’ programme next week and a vote of confidence is to be held soon after.According to the constitution, a motion of no confidence cannot be filed against the government before the first three months of the vote of confidence.Erhurman said earlier in the week that the goal of the coalition ‘government’ will be to introduce sweeping reforms, and create a more democratic, free, egalitarian and inclusive society based on the rule of law.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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