El 3 de febrero, la General Motors anunció sus ganancias en 2015. Aún descontando impuestos e intereses, GM registró las mayores ganancias en sus 108 años de historia, $9,7 mil millones! Este anuncio se produce tras la noticia de Ford el 28 de enero informando su récord histórico de ganancias, $7,6 mil millones en 2015.La Fiat Chrysler Auto (FCA) tuvo un desempeño menos robusto, que atribuye principalmente a los costos de “reajuste del producto”. Sin esos cargos, la FCA habría hecho $ 5,7 miles de millones en ganancias.Estas tres compañías no hacen $23 miles de millones siendo amables con sus trabajadoras/es o el medio ambiente. Tienen una larga y sórdida historia de anteponer las ganancias a las personas y el planeta.Con el escándalo de agua en Flint ocupando los titulares, la gente está haciendo la conexión entre el empobrecimiento de Flint y la larga reestructuración de GM. La compañía y sus dependencias han cerrado 24 plantas en Flint y alrededor del condado de Genesee desde 1979. Ese cambio ha robado a Flint – lugar de nacimiento de GM – de 72.000 puestos de trabajo, dejando sólo 8.000 trabajadoras/es en la ciudad.Todo el estado de Michigan ha sufrido por el cierre de más de 170 plantas de GM, Ford y Chrysler. Ahora parte de la FCA, Chrysler fue una vez el mayor empleador privado en Detroit, donde sólo Dodge Main empleaba a 100.000 trabajadoras/es. Ahora hay sólo una planta de ensamblaje de Chrysler, altamente automatizada, construida sólo después de que Detroit le diera a la Chrysler una enorme exención de impuestos.Después de Michigan, Ohio e Indiana han sido los estados más afectados. En los tres estados, las mayores pérdidas de empleo han sido en zonas urbanas, lo que ha tenido un impacto devastador en las familias negras de clase trabajadora. Con la introducción del divisivo sistema de pago dual y un repunte en las ventas impulsadas por el crédito fácil, las empresas empezaron a contratar a miles de jóvenes afroamericanos, pero ya no con un salario que podría mantener a una familia.Los contratos recién negociados entre las Tres de Detroit y UAW elevaron sustancialmente los salarios para las/os trabajadores nuevos. El problema que hoy enfrentan estas/os trabajadores es que en un futuro próximo, lo que la compañía llama “reajuste del producto” podría significar despidos indefinidos.El 27 de enero, cuando el CEO de FCA Sergio Marchionne anunció los resultados de las ganancias, indicó también que la FCA suspenderá la construcción de autos en EUA. Él tiene previsto suspender dos modelos, el Dodge Dart y el Chrysler 200. La compañía planea construir sólo camiones y vehículos utilitarios deportivos en sus plantas actuales con miembros de la UAW. Estos vehículos producen el mayor margen de ganancia.Durante la votación del contrato, a las/os trabajadores de la FCA se les presentó la proyección de pérdidas de empleos y ganancias en cada planta. Basado en estas estimaciones, el área de Detroit perdería alrededor de 750 puestos de trabajo en FCA.Mientras tanto, Ford ha indicado que va a trasladar la producción de coches pequeños a México, donde los salarios bajos generarán enormes ganancias. La planta de ensamblaje de GM de Orión que fabrica subcompactos, reabrió en 2010 con un menor número de trabajadoras/es, muchos con baja paga. Orion ha visto una gran caída en los niveles de empleo. GM cerrará otra planta de ensamblaje durante la vigencia del actual convenio colectivo.Las ganancias récord de hoy han llegado a costo de cientos de miles de puestos de trabajo en los últimos años – sin embargo, la reestructuración continúa. ¿Cómo les irá a estas/os trabajadores jóvenes recientemente contratados en caso de una recesión económica?Ganancias vs. seguridadAl menos una familia de GM no brindará por las ganancias récord de los patronos. El 2 de febrero, Terry Bodenbender, un electricista de GM en Defiance-Ohio, murió en una caída.A nivel mundial, las/os trabajadores automotrices sufren altas tasas de lesiones. En Bogotá-Colombia, la Asociación de Trabajadores Lesionados y ex trabajadores de GM Colmotores, han estado luchando durante más de cuatro años para obtener justicia para los trabajadores lesionados y despedidos ilegalmente. Los trabajadores de GM en la India, donde los trabajadores antiguos hacen 92 centavos la hora y los nuevos 47 centavos, también tienen una alta tasa de lesiones.El público conductor no tiene tampoco mejor seguridad. GM causó cientos de muertes por un interruptor de encendido defectuoso que la patronal eligió usar, ya que era más barato. Durante muchos años Chrysler luchó contra los requisitos de bolsas de aire para evitar el costo añadido.La negligencia ambiental ha definido el comportamiento de la industria desde sus primeros días. La excesiva dependencia de la FCA en motores devoradores de gasolina está contribuyendo al cambio climático. Para hacer que sus motores funcionaran sin problemas, la GM promovió en la década de 1920, el uso en la gasolina del plomo, un veneno ya conocido durante mucho tiempo. Con el casi abandono de Flint, GM dejó el suelo y río contaminados.Cuando Flint comenzó a usar el agua del río Flint, GM se dio cuenta de que el agua podría corroer sus motores. En silencio, la empresa dispuso obtener agua de una fuente alterna. Si la GM hubiera hecho público su preocupación por la corrosión, una ciudad entera podría haberse salvado del envenenamiento por plomo.Estas y otras razones hacen que la industria automotriz esté lista para la toma por las/os trabajadores para una economía socialista planificada, donde las personas y el medio ambiente se anteponen a las ganancias.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali June 8, 2021 Find out more MaliAfrica Receive email alerts RSF helps coordinate support for French journalist kidnapped in Mali May 5, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News to go further MaliAfrica News May 17, 2021 Find out more March 22, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Whether staging mutiny or coup, soldiers shut down news media Organisation Reporters Without Borders condemns the occupation of the headquarters of the state radio and TV broadcaster ORTM by renegade soldiers since yesterday and the interruption of broadcasting by many other radio and TV stations as a result of an apparent military coup against President Amadou Toumani Touré.“Whether this is a real coup or just a mutiny, we are appalled that soldiers have occupied the state broadcaster and taken control of its broadcasts,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As it is often the case in such circumstances, control of news and information is primordial and the media are among the mutineers’ first targets. “The state media are now broadcasting the same message over and over, while the privately-owned broadcast media were suspended to prevent independent coverage of what is going on. All the journalists who cannot go to work have our support, and our thoughts go out to the people of Mali, who have been deprived of so many sources of information.”Soldiers overran ORTM at around 4 p.m. yesterday, firing into the air inside the complex and forcing all the personnel to leave. At around 4 a.m. today, they broadcast a communiqué announcing a curfew and the dissolution of state institutions. This communiqué has been broadcast repeatedly on state radio and TV ever since.你需要安装能够查看此内容的 Adobe Flash Player。Please click here to continue.Broadcasting by all the privately-owned radio stations in Bamako was suspended yesterday. Some of them, such as Radio Kledu (101.2 FM) and Radio Kayira (104.4 FM), resumed broadcasting this morning. Transmission of the regional TV channel Africable has been suspended since yesterday.A Malian print media journalist told Reporters Without Borders: “The situation is very confused and I think that today will be decisive. It is a problem within the military. Some soldiers are driving around the city firing in the air. No one knows what to believe. President Touré has not said anything.”The only reaction from the president has been to post a Tweet last night saying: “There has been no coup d’état in Mali. It is just a mutiny.”The mutineering soldiers have criticized the lack of resources available to the armed forces to combat the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and other Tuareg and Islamist rebel groups in the north of the country that have been staging armed actions for several months.A presidential election was due to be held on 29 April.Photo : Military men in streets of Bamako (Habibou Kouyate / AFP) News Follow the news on Mali RSF_en News
PHILLIPS – Wonderland!, the beloved annual children’s festival, has announced “Wonderfest,” a benefit concert to take place at 43 Main Street in Phillips on Friday, June 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.All are welcome, and is presented on a “no donation too big, no donation too small” basis. All proceeds will go toward the expenses associated with the Festival, now in its 14th year. “Unknown Legend,” the well-known acoustic duo out of Rangeley, Nancy Bessey and Joe Montimurro, will sing and play favorites from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The evening will not be just a concert, but also a party, featuring a beer garden, BBQ, and relaxing by the Sandy River. Bug bracelets will be available and cabanas will be set up in case of rain.A large and celebratory turnout is hoped for. The benefit is intended to raise money to support Wonderland! and is also an opportunity to spend time together as a community, and to acknowledge the many generous spirits who are supporting this year’s Festival, and all those who have supported previous Festivals.Wonderland! is a children’s festival that attracts more than 500 visitors each year and takes place on the third Friday of August during the week of Phillips’ Old Home Days.Many magical events are open free of cost to all. Children are given hand-made crowns, faery wings, halos and wands; pirate hats and scarves; cowboy hats and more – fishing for prizes under the stars, free sno-cones and popcorn, and helium balloons. Children can sit with their parents and make a faery house or decorate a magic box. Have their pictures taken and mounted in a keepsake folder. Taking a tour down faery alley brings you to the Faery Queen’s Bower, where you will be given a special faery name and magic dust. Around the corner in Pirates’ Cove, children dig for chocolate coins. Professional artists paint the children’s faces in wondrous ways. Families come from miles around, and children talk about the event all year long. Wonderland! has grown to a truly regional event, drawing people from three counties – almost as many children come from Rangeley as they do from Phillips, and more come from Farmington.Dr. Susy Sanders began the annual Festival upon her arrival in Phillips in 2005.“Wonderland! was created to promote the development of imagination in children of all ages,” Sanders said. “Imagination is key in our complex world. The unofficial motto of the festival is a quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson: ‘The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.’” The entirely free event is sponsored by Dr. Susy and Dave Sanders and many generous Friends of Wonderland! Preparations for the event are made throughout the year.If you would like to become a Friend of Wonderland, you may donate through Pay Pal, or through the mail to Wonderland! PO Box 251, Phillips, Maine 04966. The children’s hearts thank-you for your generosity.The festival has also announced a number of Wonderland! workshops, group get-togethers to prepare crowns, wings, wands and much more. Workshops will be held in two different locations. Please contact Susy Sanders for questions or to let her know you’re planning to attend:At 37 Main Street, Phillips Friday, June 14, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday June 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.At 12 Pleasant Street, Rangeley Friday, July 5, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 1 to 4 p.m.
As a way to continue its involvement in film for the Notre Dame community and beyond, the Browning Cinema has launched its first series of the “Zoom Back Camera” film event this week.This ongoing, weekly event is an opportunity for film-lovers to connect through cinema despite the closing of theaters due to COVID-19. Every week, the Browning Cinema will release a schedule of four films available through a variety of streaming services.Participants are encouraged to watch these films at their own time and leisure, and each film is designated a day of the week for an online discussion board. These free, virtual discussions will take place at 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and they will be led by various guest hosts who can speak intelligently on the particular film.The discussion boards will be hosted on Youtube, and participants are encouraged to leave comments and questions for the guest host and other viewers.Ricky Herbst, who is the cinema program director at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, has been working diligently to continue the Browning’s mission despite these challenging times.“University cinemas in particular are important for the bracketing around the film, the opportunity to discuss it and to put it in context in terms of current events,” Herbst said. “So it’s a real bummer that we aren’t able to continue that work as we love it. But, we are able to offer a semblance of it through this online film forum.”Herbst said he’s asking his colleagues and general film-lovers what five films they love to watch to choose what to feature.“Maybe they were important for deciding they wanted to be a film professor or study film, or changed their life, or are comfort food films that they can gush about,” Herbst said.Herbst also said he plans on showcasing works from female directors and people of color in the industry in the series to do what he can to fight for diversity in the film industry.This week’s series will feature the coming-of-age film “Lady Bird,” directed by Greta Gerwig.Herbst said this film has a special tie to the University community, as the Notre Dame Folk Choir is showcased through song within the film. A recording of the choir’s “Rosa Mystica” can be heard in the final scene of the movie.“When we showed it on campus [in 2018], people loved it, and it’s a healthy mix of laughing and crying,” Herbst said. “Getting emotions out is a really good thing right now.”Staci Stickovich, who serves as the marketing program manager at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, said in an email that the service aims to bring the Notre Dame community together.“The arts have always provided a way to bring people together in shared experiences,” Stickovich said. “We hope that Zoom Back Camera will provide people with a way to stay connected. We may be physically isolated, but that doesn’t mean we can’t come together; that’s what this is about, togetherness.”Both Herbst and Stickovich emphasized that the series is open to all who would like to participate.“Watch a great film and join the discussion,” Stickovich said. “You don’t have to be a cinephile to take part –– all are invited and all are welcome.”Tags: Browning Cinema, coronavirus, COVID-19, DeBartolo Preforming Arts Center, zoom
McDermott has been part of the backroom staff at the Berkshire club since 2000, fulfilling a number of roles before taking the manager’s position full-time in January 2010. Reading issued a statement confirming McDermott’s departure with Russian owner Anton Zingarevich believing having a new man in charge was essential. “Reading Football Club has announced today the departure of manager Brian McDermott,” the statement read. “Owner Anton Zingarevich wishes to place on record his thanks to Brian who had achieved great success with the club since taking over as manager in December 2009. “Brian gained promotion to the Barclays Premier League last year for only the second time in the club’s history thanks to a remarkable run at the end of last season. However, in our current situation, owner Anton Zingarevich felt that a change was necessary.” Reading had been on a run of one defeat in seven games at the turn of the year but a spell of poor form has cost McDermott his job. The club have said they are actively searching for a replacement as soon as possible, with their next two games coming at Manchester United and Arsenal. “The search for a successor will start immediately and it is hoped that a new manager will be in place as soon as possible to lead the fight against potential relegation,” the statement concluded. The Royals had been battling in and around the bottom three for the majority of the season but, unlike the likes of bottom side QPR who were able to invest heavily in the January transfer window, McDermott was limited in what he could spend. On Monday evening, the club announced that academy head Eamonn Dolan would take charge of first-team matters going into the upcoming match against Manchester United. The Royals also confirmed that first-team coach Nigel Gibbs had left the club he joined in 2006. The Royals have lost four successive Barclays Premier League games and sit 19th in the table, with only goals scored keeping them off the bottom. McDermott, 51, took over as caretaker manager at the Madejski Stadium in 2009 before being named full-time boss the following year. He guided Reading back to the top flight last season for only the second time in their history but has been relieved of his duties as the club look to turn around their form in time to secure Premier League survival. Brian McDermott has left his post as manager of Reading, the club have confirmed in a statement. Press Association