Fighting retaliation at Google and BoeingTwo mega-billion-dollar U.S.-based international corporations retaliated recently against employees who dared to organize for better working conditions.About 20,000 Google workers staged a multicontinent walkout last November demanding changes in how sexual misconduct allegations are handled. An internal email published April 26 by Wired reported that two employee activists behind the protest accuse Google of retaliation. Google denied it.Employee activist Claire Stapleton was demoted from marketing manager after the walkout. Only after her lawyer contacted Google did management conduct an investigation and walk back her demotion. “While my work has been restored,” said Stapleton, “the environment remains hostile.” Meredith Whittaker, who co-signed the email, said her role has been “changed dramatically.” She was told she had to give up her role at the AI Now Institute at New York University, which she co-founded, and to stop her work on artificial intelligence ethics. The women write: “Our stories aren’t the only ones. Google has a culture of retaliation, which too often works to silence women, people of color, and gender minorities.” (bbc.com, April 23)In November 2018, Richard Mester, who brought 30 years of engineering experience to Boeing in South Carolina where he has been a flight safety inspector for five years, was suddenly fired — along with two other employees — for allegedly failing to report a bird strike. Impossible, said Mester, who had just been elected a union shop steward. The three workers filed Unfair Labor Practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging there was no bird strike, but that it was just an excuse to fire workers in the ongoing International Association of Machinists unionization drive. Boeing filed an objection. The NLRB refused to comment.“Boeing has no qualms about squashing any possibility of a union down here,” Mester told the May 3 Guardian. IAM Associate General Counsel Bill Haller explained: “[Boeing wanted] to send the message that if you support the union you’re going to get fired. They’re not being subtle.” In an email to the Guardian, Boeing denied retaliation.In addition to accusing Boeing of spying on workers who voted in the election, the union is seeking $100 million in a wage theft case — the largest involving a federal contractor. “They started writing people up for things that were the norm. They’ve targeted union supporters,” said an unidentified Boeing worker hoping to avoid retaliation. He noted that after the union vote, Boeing increased the workload of workers who voted for the union, reduced quality control and frequently re-assigned workers to job openings in different locations.Rutgers faculty win historic contract!In a late-night bargaining session, on the brink of a strike (which would have been the first in the university’s 253 years), 5,000 full-time faculty and graduate workers at Rutgers University won a victory with a robust seven-year contract. They organized jointly with the American Association of University Professors and the American Federation of Teachers. During more than a year of pickets and protests, the union won support online and in the classroom with a creative social media campaign as well as “picket with your professor” events.The workers’ gains address equity, security and dignity. Now there is equal pay for equal work for female faculty, faculty of color and for faculty in the Newark and Camden campuses. All faculty can now apply for equity correction if they believe their peers are unjustly earning more. Significant pay increases will help the lowest-paid members. Graduate workers will see their pay increase from $25,969 to $30,162 over the course of the contract. The union also won $20 million for diversity hiring and the guarantee of a workplace free of harassment and stalking, enforced by binding arbitration.The contract revises the “green card” policy, so that faculty can now sponsor non-tenure-track faculty for permanent residency. NTT workers, often the most exploited, will have grievance procedures. Graduate employees and NTT faculty also won greater job security. The union won language requiring academic freedom that applies to social media. Though this is an historic victory, nearly 3,000 part-time adjuncts still await a contract, fair salaries and health care. Stay tuned. (Rutgers AAUP.org, April 17)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
While Waits’ appearance onstage was a rare occurrence for the 67-year-old singer, Staples has been ramping up her productivity in recent months. Last week, she announced the pending release of a brand new album co-written with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco (out November 17th), and shared the album’s first single, “If All I Was Was Black,” for which Tweedy added the music to Staples’ lyrics. That same day, Mavis also announced a full Fall Tour with the great Bob Dylan. The 20+ date national tour will begin in Southern California on October 13th, and wrap up on November 16th in Boston. For a full list of tour dates, head to Dylan’s website.https://bobdylan.com/on-tour/You can listen to Staples’ new single, “If All I Was Was Black,” below via Staples’ YouTube page:Bob Dylan w/ Mavis Staples 2017 Fall Tour Dates10/13 Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center @ Valley Center, CA10/14 The Cosmopolitan Hotel – The Chelsea Theatre @ Las Vegas, NV10/17 Eccles Theater @ Salt Lake City, UT10/18 Eccles Theater @ Salt Lake City, UT10/21 1st Bank Center @ Denver, CO10/23 Century Link Center @ Omaha, NE10/24 Stephens Auditorium @ Ames, IA10/25 Xcel Energy Center @ St Paul, MN10/27 Wintrust Arena @ Chicago, IL10/28 Van Andel Arena @ Grand Rapids, MI10/29 IU Auditorium @ Bloomington, IN11/1 Fox Theater @ Detroit, MI11/3 EJ Thomas Hall @ Akron, OH11/5 Palace Theater @ Columbus, OH11/6 Peterson Events Center @ Pittsburgh, PA11/8 Nassau Coliseum @ Uniondale, NY11/10 Coliseum @ Richmond, VA11/11 Tower Theatre @ Philadelphia, PA11/12 Tower Theatre @ Philadelphia, PA11/14 The Anthem @ Washington, DC11/16 Agannis Arena @ Boston, MA[h/t – Consequence of Sound] Last night, renowned singer-songwriter Tom Waits marked his first live appearance in over two years when he joined Mavis Staples onstage at a Lagunitas Brewery location in California. The famously gravelly-voiced singer duetted with Mavis on The Staple Singers‘ 1972 Grammy-winning soul classic, “Respect Yourself. Until the sit-in with Staples, Waits had not given a live performance since he visited The Late Show in 2015 ahead of then-host David Letterman‘s departure from the show.You can watch an assortment of crowd-shot videos from Tom Waits’ surprise guest appearance with Mavis Staples below:Crowd-shot video via Facebook user Richard Zeno:
It’s planting season for Georgia canola growers. This year, the seeds have been planted for a better market for the emerging crop. “We haven’t had commodity canola production in Georgia for two years,” said Paul Raymer, an agronomist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Griffin, Ga. “All the canola grown in Georgia has been grown on contract,” Raymer said. “But this year two crushers have shown interest in seeing commodity canola revived so they would have an oilseed commodity they could buy. They see a market here for it.” GRIFFIN DAILY NEWS/BOB FREITAG NEW MARKETS will allow Georgia canola farmers to sell their crop in-state. Crushing facilities in Vienna and Dawson, Ga. offer close to world prices for Georgia-grown canola. University of Georgia agronomist Paul Raymer, pictured above, said he and other UGA scientists are working to learn more about the crop to help Georgia famers who want to include this oilseed in their crop rotation. Request the high-res image. Farmers grow grain crops mostly as openly marketed commodities. Companies with special needs, though, sometimes offer contracts for farmers to grow a certain amount of a specific type of grain. When Calgene, the major contractor for canola in the state, offered no new contracts to Georgia farmers, the crop’s future here looked bleak. Most canola is grown in Canada. The crop is struggling to catch on in the Southeast, where it is grown mainly in the coastal plain from Alabama to South Carolina. “Previously, we had a buyer for the commodity canola crop,” Raymer said. “But in most years, the price offered was below the world price.” Harvested canola is delivered to a processing plant, where the oil is extracted from the seed in a crushing process. The result is two products, oil and meal. The meal is used in livestock rations. One of the new canola crushers in the state is Mid-Georgia Processing in Vienna, Ga. “They were built about three years ago as a cotton crushing plant,” Raymer said. “In recent months, they’ve seen the need to diversify and crush other products like canola.” The other new crusher is Cargill Peanut in Dawson, Ga. “They’ve been doing some limited crushing of canola for the past six years,” Raymer said. “They’re planning to expand that now.” The two firms’ commitment to canola pumps fresh hope into the crop, which Raymer believes has great potential as a money-maker for Georgia farmers. “Having these two new crushers gives us a viable market,” he said. “In the past, we’ve had to rely on a market based largely on the expectation that the crop would be shipped to Canada for crushing,” he said. “Prices were discounted to compensate for that low volume and the need to ship it long distance for crushing.” The crushers are finding Southeastern markets for the oil and meal. “We import large amounts of oil and meal in the Southeast, the meal primarily for use in the poultry industry. They will try to market the product here,” Raymer said. It’s a modest beginning that could make the future as bright as the crop’s dramatic fields of yellow flowers. “In the long term, it means we finally have markets we can start to grow an industry around,” Raymer said. “If you don’t have someone to buy it (at a good price), it’s hard to develop an industry. This puts us on equal footing with other canola-producing regions of the world.” Raymer and other UGA scientists have been developing canola varieties and growing techniques to make the crop work in Georgia. “We’ve had a strong research and extension effort for the past eight years,” he said. “We just released the first variety from our breeding program this year. It’s available to growers on a very limited basis now.” UGA scientists at the Griffin and Tifton, Ga., experiment stations have been developing a Southeastern production system for canola. “We’ve had a strong collaborative effort with industry to develop this new crop for the Southeast,” Raymer said. “We’ve conducted research to determine the proper planting dates, planting and harvest methods and fertility requirements,” he said. “And we’ve developed ways to control insects and diseases.”
A headline posted by Science Daily is self-explanatory: “Clay-Armored Bubbles May Have Formed First Protocells: Minerals Could Have Played a Key Role in the Origins of Life.” The operative words are may have and could have, which, being mere suggestions, are unfalsifiable. If it didn’t happen here, it may have or could have happened on the planet Zorx in Sector 1906523-A. The claybubble theory of life is a new twist on Jack Szostak’s old fatbubble theory (see (09/03/2004). That story also had plenty of mays and coulds. This version by Howard Stone and Anand Bala Subramaniam (Harvard) imagines air bubbles armored with montmorillonite, a clay mineral. The advantage of claybubbles is one-way osmosis, allowing small “building block” molecules to get in, but keeping the complex molecules evolving inside protected, assuming they could self-organize into life somehow (10/08/2010). “If there is a benefit to being protected in a clay vesicle, this is a natural way to favor and select for molecules that can self-organize,” Stone said. He did not explore whether selection can operate without accurate replication (see online book). He also did not speculate on how the building blocks became one-handed (see online book and 01/10/2011), or what might happen if a deadly toxin happened to grab the one-way key to the interior. Grad student Subramaniam hedged his bets with a few more could words: “Whether clay vesicles could have played a significant role in the origins of life is of course unknown, but the fact that they are so robust, along with the well-known catalytic properties of clay, suggests that they may have had some part to play.” It does not appear either of them speculated on whether sand grains, soap bubbles, or lava might also qualify for the suggestion that they may have had some part to play.Remember, these guys get paid for this. Let’s sing verse 2 of the chorus introduced back in 09/03/2004 (read that whole commentary again, too):Surrounding them with armor of clayGets building blocks in trouble;They’re stuck inside forever to stay,Flop goes the bubble.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) knocks the ball away from Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — Klay Thompson scored 27 points, Kevin Durant had 24 and the Golden State Warriors overcame a lethargic first half to beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 112-92 on Thursday night.Steph Curry added 21 points for Golden State in its first meeting against the Spurs since sweeping the Western Conference finals en route to the NBA title.ADVERTISEMENT The Spurs played without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, as they did in the conference finals. Unlike those blowout victories, Golden State struggled to close out San Antonio.Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 10 rebounds, continuing his resurgent season. Kyle Anderson added 16 points in place of Leonard, whose return from an injured right quadriceps is still undetermined.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 Warriors took their first lead two minutes into the third quarter at 60-57 on Durant’s 3-pointer.Aldridge and Pau Gasol took and made the Spurs’ first two 3-pointers. The Spurs made four of their first six 3-pointers in running to a 22-12 lead. San Antonio led 31-12 lead after Golden State went scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes midway through the opening period. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pooping in MMA fight will now result in TKO loss LATEST STORIES Golden State slowly cut into the lead behind its defense. After shooting 48 percent in the first quarter, the Spurs were held to 33 percent in the second quarter. San Antonio was 1 for 5 on 3-pointers and 7 for 21 overall in the second quarter.The Spurs finished 7 for 24 on 3-pointers, failing to make a 3 in the second half after draining six in the opening quarter.Zaza Pachulia, making his first appearance in San Antonio since Leonard was lost after landing on the center’s foot in Game 1, was heavily booed throughout the game.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected with 4:47 remaining in the game after complaining that traveling was not called on Patrick McCaw minutes after Aldridge was assessed a traveling violation.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Warriors: Golden State has made at least 10 3-pointers in each of its games this season. The Warriors were 14 for 28 on 3s against the Spurs. … Thompson has a 3-pointer in 63 straight games, the league’s longest active streak. … Durant has scored at least 20 points in all but one of the team’s nine games this season. … The Warriors shot 96 for 166 in their previous two games. … JaVale McGee played in his 500th career game. … Golden State closes out a three-game trip in Denver.Spurs: Leonard and Parker have played a combined three quarters against the Warriors in the last five games, including the postseason. … Parker missed the entire conference finals with a ruptured quadriceps tendon and Leonard aggravated an ankle injury in the third quarter of the opening game. … Mills made his 600th career 3-pointer, 551 of which have come with the Spurs. … San Antonio is 62-19 at home against Golden State.UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Denver on Saturday night trying to end a two-game skid against the Nuggets.Spurs: Host Charlotte on Friday night in the second of a six-game homestand.
michigan 80 yard puntMichigan’s offense didn’t have much success against Michigan State on its first drive, but the Wolverines were still able to pin the Spartans deep in their own territory after the possession. Why? Punter Blake O’Neill somehow booted an 80-yard punt to flip the field. Check this out:What does an 80-yard punt look like? @umichfootball punter Blake O’Neill show you! Brought to you by @GrubHub. http://t.co/5AJvoTqXKp— Michigan on BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) October 17, 2015Michigan and Michigan State are scoreless near the end of the first quarter.
Dennis Ward APTN National NewsA respected elder and war veteran is calling for policy changes after he was asked to leave a Winnipeg mall.It’s not the first time people have taken issue with security at this mall.
CHICAGO–For large stretches of the final game of the night in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten tournament, it looked like Ohio State’s opponent in its semifinal game Saturday would be Iowa. The No. 6-seeded Hawkeyes took a 10-point lead into halftime against No. 3 seed Michigan State and held a 12-point lead 10 minutes into the second half. Paced by junior forward Adreian Payne, who scored 18 points, MSU started to chip away at the deficit. The Spartans went on a 13-2 run with 10 minutes remaining in the contest and took a 50-49 lead on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Gary Harris with 4:11 left. Play was back-and-forth from there, but MSU held on to a 59-56 victory after an Iowa 3-pointer in the waning moments clanked off the rim. Down the stretch, there were a few controversial calls that upset Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. Iowa junior forward Zach McCabe was called for a foul on MSU senior forward Derrick Nix when it appeared Nix had traveled before his shot. This led to McCaffery throwing his suit jacket onto the floor. With 30 seconds to play and Iowa down, 57-56, Hawkeye sophomore forward Aaron White was called for a foul on a Harris jumper, causing McCaffery to slam his fists onto the padding of the scorer’s table. “This team deserved a better fate,” McCaffery said afterwards, indirectly but almost assuredly blaming the officials for the loss. With the victory, MSU (25-7) will face OSU (24-7) Saturday at 4 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. Let’s take a closer look at OSU’s upcoming opponent: Record: 25-7, 14-5 Big Ten Against OSU in the regular season: 1-1 Jan. 19: MSU 59, OSU 56 in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes lost a heartbreaker to the Spartans in the first matchup of the season. MSU scored the first 10 points of the game and took a 30-26 lead into halftime. OSU, trailing by three points with seven seconds remaining, settled for an errant 3-pointer by sophomore guard Shannon Scott that clanked off the backboard with three seconds left. The shot confused many, as it came with time left on the clock and junior forward Deshaun Thomas open on the wing. Feb. 24: OSU 68, MSU 60 in Columbus OSU got its revenge on the then-No. 4 ranked Spartans, led by a rarely-seen offensive-minded Aaron Craft. The Buckeyes’ junior guard–known for his defense–scored a game-high 21 points, more than he had in the previous three games combined. OSU trailed, 31-25, at halftime, but led by Craft, the Buckeyes outscored MSU by 14 in the second period. Matchup to watch: Payne vs. OSU’s big men Payne dominated OSU in the Spartans’ loss in Columbus. The Ohio-native had 12 points, 15 rebounds, a block and a steal, having his way with every forward Thad Matta put on him. With OSU’s strength on defense being its guards, the Buckeyes can expect to bottle up–to an extent–MSU junior point guard Keith Appling and Harris. If sophomore center Amir Williams or redshirt senior forward Evan Ravenel can contain Payne, OSU could fare well Saturday. Saturday’s games: No. 1 seed Indiana vs. No. 4 seed Wisconsin, 1:40 p.m. No. 2 seed OSU vs. No. 3 seed MSU, 25 minutes following IU-UW
Ohio State freshman guard Duane Washington finishes a dunk against Illinois on Feb. 14 at the Schottenstein Center. Photo: Cori Wade | For The LanternWIth a six-point deficit heading into the final two minutes of the game, senior guard C.J. Jackson was unfazed with the rest of his game. Going into the possession, he had seven turnovers, leading a Buckeye team that had been plagued by turnovers.As he took the ball out, trailing 57-51, Jackson found a hole, driving to the hoop and drawing a foul, bringing the Buckeyes to within four. Two free throws by freshman guard Luther Muhammad lessened Ohio State’s deficit to three with 57 seconds remaining in the game. But Jackson’s seven turnovers ended up as more detrimental than the sign of life the Buckeyes had in the final minute, as Illinois beat Ohio State 62-56 in its first road win of the season. Illinois forced 18 turnovers in Thursday’s game, coming in as the best in the Big Ten in both steals and turnovers. The Fighting Illini finished with 14 points off turnovers. In the first half, the Buckeyes, averaging 13 turnovers per game, recorded 10 turnovers, as the Fighting Illini scored 10 points off Ohio State’s mistakes. Senior guard C.J. Jackson recorded four of Ohio State’s 10 turnovers in the first half.He finished the game with a team-leading 17 points, making only 4-of-9 from the field while connecting on 8-of-11 from the free-throw line. Illinois continued to force Ohio State to make mistakes in the second half as the Buckeyes recorded eight turnovers in the second half. The Fighting Illini scored only four points off those turnovers. Junior forward Andre Wesson credited the Illinois defense for the kind of pressure it put on Ohio State, forcing them to improvise on the offensive end. “It’s real tough,” Wesson said. “They are always in the passing lanes. It’s hard to reverse the ball and, kind of, get to the other side. That’s kind of what we predicate our offense on, so it was hard for us.” After making 10-of-28 attempts in the first half of its 55-52 win against Indiana on Sunday, the Buckeyes came out to a slow start again against the Fighting Illini. Ohio State shot 38.1 percent from the field in the first half, making 2-of-6 from 3. But the last 3 was an important one. Playing with a six-point deficit heading into the final minute of the half, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson pulled up for a 3, his second attempt of the day, and drilled it, cutting the Illinois lead to 30-27 heading into halftime. However, in a tight game, Andre Wesson said a team cannot play from behind trading shots with the opponent. “We just couldn’t get stops,” Andre Wesson said. “It was just back-and-forth there for awhile. When you are down, you can’t go back and forth. You have to get stops.” Wesson was the only bright spot for the Buckeyes in the first half. He led the team with nine points, shooting 60 percent from the field and recording three rebounds. With 2:19 remaining in the game, Wesson fouled out, the fifth time he has done so in the past 10 games. He finished the game with 11 points, making 3-of-7 from the field with five rebounds. Wesson has finished with four or more fouls in 11 of the past 14 games.Other than Wesson, Ohio State made five of its 16 shot attempts from the field in the first half.After making 8-of-21 attempts in the first half, the Buckeyes overcame a seven-point second half deficit, tying the game at 40 on a 7-0 run. Trailing Illinois 44-40 with 10:04 left in the game, the freshman guard recorded a dunk to bring the Buckeyes to within two. A minute later, Washington, on a fastbreak, soared for a dunk, earning a trip to the line, giving Ohio State the 45-44 lead. But the Ohio State cooled off, ending the half shooting 36.2 percent from the field and missing all seven attempts from 3. Holtmann said he felt the 3s were the end result of Illinois making Ohio State change its offensive approach. “I thought some of them were clean and I felt some of them were rushed,” Holtmann said. “I thought they did a good job taking us out of our offense.” In his 15 minutes off the bench, sophomore forward Kyle Young fouled out with 8:40 left in the game. He finished with four points, five rebounds and an assist. Ohio State and Illinois combined for 45 fouls on Thursday night. The Buckeyes hit 80 percent of their free throws while the Fighting Illini made 9-of-17. Even though Holtmann saw glimpses of what Jackson could be, saw a glimpse of what a comeback would be in the final minute of the game, the previous 39 minutes and his struggles with turnovers were what led to the loss. “Seven turnovers is a lot, I don’t question how hard he competed,” Holtmann said. “I thought he competed, it was just those turnovers were critical.” Ohio State will travel to East Lansing, Michigan to take on Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m. Updated at 10:23 with quotes from junior forward Andre Wesson and head coach Chris Holtmann.