Maritime workers: Essential and mistreated due to COVID

first_imgOver a million workers on 60,000 ships, moving hither and yon through the world’s oceans, transport 80 percent of the world’s trade. Container ships carrying cell phones, computers and frozen meat; ore, oil and chemical transports — all the necessities of modern life — need crews to move them safely and expeditiously.Unionized maritime workers hold a sign with the slogan ‘I supply the world.’  Credit: ITF SeafarersCrews at all levels work on contracts that generally vary from two to 10 months.  Contracts can be extended by a month. After a worker’s contract is finished, they are guaranteed a free trip home by international agreement.Monthly salaries range from $400 for trainees and $1,000 for junior seafarers to around $10,000 for captains. Some labor inspectors report that other companies pay as little as $250 for a month’s work and no overtime. Seafarers generally come from poor countries like the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and also more developed countries like China, Ukraine and Russia.The work can be very hard, demanding and dangerous. Le Monde interviewed a French seafarer who spent five months at sea, working seven days a week, on the ship’s machinery, in temperatures often over 110 F. He considered mutilating himself on the ship’s gear to get off the vessel. A friend talked him out of it. (June 19)Countries and companies want their merchandise moved. The companies need to make profits. But while the merchandise can be unloaded, countries have their COVID-19 protocols in place, and will neither let the seafarers leave the boats or let other workers enter the country to take their place.At least 250,000 seafarers have finished their contracts and have no idea when they will be relieved. Similar numbers are stuck at home with no idea when they will next get work. Both totals are rising by tens of thousands each week.Both the secretary general of the United Nations and Pope Francis have issued statements about the “involuntary servitude” being imposed on seafarers.The International Transport Workers’ Federation, a coalition of a wide variety of national maritime unions, has initiated an “Enough is Enough” campaign.The ITF issued a June 21 statement saying that “when seafarers have finished their extended contracts, they are fatigued physically and/or mentally and feel that they are not fit to continue to safely perform their duties at the level required of a professional. The responsible action at this point is not to extend their contract and request repatriation.“This is not an incitement to go on strike! Their contract has finished and, once a ship is safely in harbour, they have the right not to extend.”The ITF is saying publicly that they will support a worker’s right to refuse an extension and stop working. If enough workers on a ship exercise this right, the ship will have to remain anchored, which is what would happen if the ITF did call a strike.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pasadena Community Orchestra Soloists Perform Mozart Concertante + Vivaldi + Weber

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News L-R: Richard Holloway (clarinet), Aubree Day Cedillo (oboe), Melissa Clemens (horn), Don Fisher (bassoon). Photo courtesy PCOPasadena Community Orchestra (PCO) Soloists will perform Mozart’s, Sinfonia Concertante K. 297b, Vivaldi’s Concerto alla Rustica RV 151 and Weber’s Symphony No. 1 under the baton of Music Director Beth Pflueger on Friday, March 13, 2020, 8:00 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena.Woflgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds K. 297b is a work for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon and orchestra. Soloists include: Aubree Day Cedillo – oboe, Richard Holloway – clarinet, Don Fisher – bassoon and Melissa Clemens – horn. Antonio Lucio Vivaldi’s Concerto alla Rustica RV151 was written between 1720 and 1730. It is a virtuoso, Baroque piece for orchestra with a slow 2nd movement. The final dance movement is in Lydian mode which is common in folk music of the period. Carl Maria von Weber’s Symphony No. 1 in C was written between 1806 – 1807. Debussy once wrote about his music that, “the sound of the Weber orchestra was obtained through the scrutiny of the soul of each instrument.”PCO’s 2019-2020 season, under the baton of Bethany Pflueger, Music Director, features a variety of free concert events for patrons in every age group. The musicians of PCO graciously donate their services for every concert. PCO is supported by generous benefactors, local grants, board members, and volunteers. Audience members may meet the soloist and musicians at a light reception following the concert. Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary.First Church of the Nazarene is located at 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena (just west of Michillinda Avenue). Ample free parking, wheelchair accessible.The concert is Free and Open to the public.For more information, visit Pasadena Community Orchestrat at or call (626) 445-6708. More Cool Stuff Subscribe 126 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Events Previews Pasadena Community Orchestra Soloists Perform Mozart Concertante + Vivaldi + Weber STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, March 2, 2020 | 1:19 am Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 1/30

first_imgRegion 18 Brad James Region 20 MONROE, Utah-Tyson Chisholm netted 22 points and made all 7 of his free throw attempts and Brandt Williams added 17 points and 7 rebounds on 6 of 9 shooting as the South Sevier Rams bludgeoned North Sanpete 75-41 Wednesday in Region 15 boys basketball action. Kaetz King added 16 points in the win for the 14-3 Rams. Alan Oldroyd’s 8 points on 4 of 4 shooting led the Hawks in the loss, dropping them to 4-14 and 0-9 in Region 15 play. GUNNISON, Utah-Parx Bartholomew led the way with 12 points and the Gunnison Bulldogs downed Millard 45-43 Wednesday in Region 18 boys basketball action. Hayes Monroe’s game-high 25 points led the Eagles in defeat. ESCALANTE, Utah-Ben Cooke’s 31 points led the way as the Water Canyon Wildcats decimated Escalante 101-37 in Region 20 boys basketball action Wednesday. Bracken Lyman had 15 points for the Moquis in defeat. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys Basketball KANAB, Utah-Burke Mickelsen netted 18 points and the North Sevier Wolves stymied Kanab 52-49 in Region 18 boys basketball action Wednesday. Sam Orton’s 15 points and 8 rebounds led the Cowboys in the loss. OREM, Utah-Joel Zylak led the way with 19 points and the Telos Titans edged Milford 51-50 Wednesday in Region 21 boys basketball action. Kyler Wunderlich posted 15 points in defeat for the Tigers. MANTI, Utah-Adam Huff netted 28 points and the Manti Templars surged past Emery 85-76 in overtime Wednesday in Region 15 boys basketball action. Kyson Stilson’s game-high 42 points led the Spartans in defeat.center_img Tags: Adam Huff/Alan Oldroyd/Brandt Williams/Gavin Hoyt/Hayes Monroe/Joel Zylak/Kaetz King/Ky Brown/Kyler Wunderlich/Kyson Stilson/Parx Bartholomew/Ryan Holt/Sam Orton/Sergio Vasquez/Tyson Chisholm South Sevier is next in action Friday at Blanding against the San Juan Broncos. Region 15 Region 21 BEAVER, Utah-Ryan Holt amassed 29 points and 10 rebounds and the Enterprise Wolves edged Beaver 45-43 in Region 18 boys basketball action Wednesday. Ky Brown’s 14 points and 7 rebounds led the Beavers in the loss. January 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/30 Written by TROPIC, Utah-Gavin Hoyt posted 12 points and the Valley Buffaloes crushed Bryce Valley 58-39 Wednesday in Region 20 boys basketball action. Sergio Vasquez had 13 points in the loss for the Mustangs.last_img read more

Why I live in … Olympic swimmer Emily Seebohm reveals her dream home

first_imgEmily Seebohm with her puppy, Pongo, at home in Hendra. Picture: Nigel Hallett.EMILY Seebohm is a champion Australian swimmer and Olympic medallist. She lives in Brisbane with her dog, Pongo. 5. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? Emily Seebohm with a medal during a ceremony for the Women’s 200m Backstroke final of the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships at Hangzhou Olympic Sports Expo. Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images.3. What would you change about your home? I would change my study to have more natural light.At the moment it’s in a room with no natural light.4. What is the best thing about your suburb? My family live on the same street! I would have to say Bora Bora, just because I love the ocean and swimming and being around water. 1. Where do you live and why? Hendra, because it’s a beautiful area and close to my training pools.2. What do you love about your home? My pool.Even though I am always in the water, I like to just sit and enjoy some sunshine and swimming at home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agolast_img read more

Welbeck relishing life at Arsenal and hails Sanchez link-up

first_img1 Danny Welbeck says he is relishing playing alongside Alexis Sanchez and believes he is already up to speed with his new Arsenal teammates.The former Manchester United man joined the Gunners on transfer deadline day for a fee of £16m.Since then Welbeck has made a bright start to his Arsenal career, scoring five goals in his first seven appearances.And the England international admits that he is loving life at Arsenal and linking up with the club’s top players, especially £35m man Sanchez.“It’s a pleasure to play with Alexis. He’s persistent, he keeps going and they are [the attributes of] somebody I like to play alongside,” Welbeck told Arsenal’s website.“It’s the same with all the other players in the team. I’m really getting to know the players much better now and hopefully now we can go on a nice run of winning games.” Danny Welbeck last_img read more

Crop insurance deferral considerations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAsBy Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA, Partner at Holbrook & Manter, CPAsAs I have stated in other articles, weather here in Ohio can be quite fickle and the 2019 planting has taken the cake. While certain areas may still flourish, other areas will have poor (or no) production or be deemed disaster areas. Those not so lucky may be receiving crop insurance proceeds later in 2019. If you believe you may receive crop insurance proceeds this year , before you file your tax return, you might want to consider the following.Deferral of certain crop insurance and disaster income proceeds Typically, most farmers are cash basis taxpayers and proceeds from the destruction or damage of crops is included in income in the year of receipt; however, federal law allows certain insurance proceeds to be deferred one year, if certain requirement are met.Under a special provision, a farmer may elect to include crop insurance and disaster in income in the taxable year after the year of the crop loss if it’s the farmer’s practice to report income from the sale of the crop in a later year.   When the claim is related to crop loss, then the claim can be deferred if:The farmer uses cash method of accounting,The claim is received in the year of loss (if received in the next year, you cannot defer),The loss is from damage/destruction to crops or the inability to plant crops (and includes federal payments received for flood, drought, or any other natural disaster), andThe farmer’s normal business practice is to sell more than 50% of the crop in the year following the harvest. (The possible crop insurance deferral is the aggregate of all crops, even if one crop such as soybeans is normally sold at harvest, and corn is usually sold the following year).The fourth rule is the one that trips up most farmers. If this is the case, you will want to work with your crop insurance company and make sure the claim is paid after the end of the year (assuming from a tax planning perspective the maneuver makes sense).Here’s the beauty of the tax laws provision, the election to defer crop insurance as disaster income may also be made via an amended return. For example, if a farmer reported crop insurance income in the year of receipt for 2019, and met all the above criteria for deferral, and finds later that a lower tax rate applies in 2020, the 2019 return can be amended to defer the crop insurance income to 2020. Farmers will want to keep this in mind as a year-end planning tool and do lookback is significant insurance proceeds have been receive in recent years.Revenue based types of crop insurance proceeds If a farmer receives crop insurance proceeds that are not directly associated with an actual loss from destruction or damage of crops, but is instead paid based on low yields and/or low prices, the farmer will not be eligible to defer the income.Sometimes a farmer sets an insurance contract to guarantee a certain level of revenue from the crop, and any shortfall is reimbursed regardless of the event causing the loss. This type of insurance is known as Crop Revenue Coverage, and in addition to covering losses caused by weather related destruction or casualty events, the insurance covers revenue losses caused by low price or low yield. Many times, insurance claims cover both damage or destruction and a revenue guarantee. Often these payments to the farmers are reported together on a year- end Form 1099. The farmer will need to determine how much of the payment was based on the crop loss (which is deferrable) and how much was based on low prices (which is not deferrable).As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about this topic.Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.comlast_img read more

Govt will double outreach by spreading message on optimum nutrition during Poshan

first_imgNew Delhi: The government will double its outreach during ‘Poshan Maah’ next month by taking the message of importance of optimum nutrition to every household, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said on Friday. ‘Poshan Maah’ or nutrition month, launched by the government last year, is celebrated across the country in September. Speaking at a ceremony to facilitate anganwadi workers for their contribution, Irani said there are five aspects of nutrition – first 1,000 days in the life of a child, fight against anaemia and diarrhea, personal hygiene and knowledge of what is nutritious. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The government will double its outreach during Poshan month by taking the message of importance of these five aspects of nutrition to every household,” she said. Irani facilitated more than 300 awardees that included, states, districts, blocks, anganwadi workers and helpers and distributed Rs 22 crore among them. Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh were among the states to be facilitated at the ceremony. On the occasion of Janmashtami, Irani drew an analogy between Yashoda and anganwadi workers, and Kans and “evil” of malnutrition. She said she hopes anganwadi workers would beat malnutrition in the same way Yashoda defeated Kans. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Irani said it is a common misconception that malnutrition is a problem of both rural and poor population. “Malnutrition is prevalent not only in rural and poor areas but also in urban areas of India and there is a need to spread awareness on what is healthy and nutritious food,” she said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message was also read at the occasion where he said the government firmly remains committed to provide affordable and quality healthcare to poor, needy and smallest sections of the society. “Health and nutrition are the priority areas of our government. Health remains one of the key areas in our quest of building an inclusive and new India. An integral part of our vision is achieving ‘kuposhan mukt bharat’ (malnutrition-free India) by 2022,” the message read. “Digital technology, convergence and targeted approach are to be optimally utilised to reduce malnutrition. This one-of-a-kind initiative is an endeavour to fight malnutrition through multiple interventions. We remain firmly committed to provide affordable and quality healthcare to poor, needy and smallest sections of the society,” it said. The emphasis on health and nutrition will surely make a lasting contribution in furthering healthcare to every nook and corner of the country. However, such schemes can succeed only through a lasting community participation, the message read. The initiative to present incentive awards for Poshan is an acknowledgement and appreciation of the efforts of workforce at grassroots level such as anganwadi workers and helpers, auxillary workers and nurses, among others, it added.last_img read more

Saskatchewan village wonders what happened to time capsule contents from 1968

first_imgALVENA, Sask. – When a Saskatchewan village held a summer party to crack open a time capsule sealed in a cairn 50 years ago, they expected it would contain centennial coins, newspapers, letters from the children at the community’s former school and mementoes of rural Canadian life in the 1960s.But when all they found was a stubby beer bottle and a broken glass jar containing some old county documents, disappointed residents of Alvena wondered who was to blame.“The buildup was there because we sort of started talking about this last year,” said Elaine Stadnyk, who was a teenager when materials were collected for the capsule in 1968.“It was a big disappointment.”Alvena mayor Ernie Sawitsky explained the cairn containing the capsule was built beside lakefront facilities that were constructed with funding to mark Canada’s centennial the year before.Sawitsky said there was supposed to be a compartment inside the cairn, and all you had to do was remove the right stone to get at the capsule, which he said the builder informed him years before contained money, a local paper, a copy of the Western Producer and other items.But the day before the big party in July, when Sawitsky and the man who built the cairn set to work to chip out the stone to make sure everything would go smoothly, the elderly builder couldn’t remember which stone was the right one.“We tried with chisel and hammer, trying to find the secret rock. It got to a point where I had to bring in my backhoe and start smashing down the cairn,” Sawitsky said.“We finally found a jar which contained some paperwork. It was in regards to who was on council in 1967 with the Village of Alvena and the R.M. of Fish Creek. And we thought, we’re just going to keep going, we’re bound to find the capsule itself.”“We dismantled the entire cairn, just to find out it’s made of solid cement and rocks.”There was no compartment — the glass jar was embedded in concrete and was cracked during the dismantling. A short-neck beer bottle of undetermined brand, also stuck in concrete, survived the smashing. And that was it.Bad news travels fast in a village, but some of the people who came to the party were former residents like Stadnyk who drove there that day and hadn’t heard. The area’s MP had been invited. Some remembered collecting items at school for the capsule, but couldn’t remember what they were and hoped to see them.The capsule and its contents were supposed to be on display.“We were hoping that it never got placed in the cairn. We were hoping that maybe the day of the festival somebody would walk in with the box and say, ‘Hey, here it is!’ But nothing happened. Nobody came forward,” Sawitsky said.Ben Maruschak built the cairn. At 84, he confessed his memory isn’t as sharp as it once was, but he thinks people may be remembering better things in the capsule than were actually put there.Maruschak said he was on the committee to construct the lakefront facilities, and agreed to build the cairn because he’d built others, including one in honour of former prime minister John Diefenbaker in Wakaw, Sask.Maruschak said he doesn’t remember what went into the time capsule. But he doubts anyone could have tampered with it because you couldn’t tell which stone it was behind.“I think the speculation today what was in it is probably people that had nothing to do with it,” Maruschak said. “There’s very few people that are alive today that were a part of that project. Maybe two or three.”“I don’t know where this missing capsule has come from. It’s a good story.”Stadnyk said her father was on the committee that built the lakefront buildings and that something from her family supposedly went into the capsule. But he wouldn’t tell her what it was, and he died in 1979.“All my dad said to me was, ‘You’ll have to wait and see,’” she said.Sawitsky said the cairn will be rebuilt with a new time capsule that they’ll open every 25 years.“We decided that 50 is a little bit too long,” Sawitsky said.—By Rob Drinkwater in Edmontonlast_img read more