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Strategy changes for strike on French railroads

first_imgParis, France — The “reformist” (CFDT) and right-wing (UNSA) union federations officially exited the struggle against the management of the SNCF, the French national railroad company, on June 28. But the combative union confederations, the CGT and Sud-Rail, which between them represent more than 50 percent of railway union members, announced their intent to continue mobilizing together in July — and probably even later in the summer.Their strategy, however, will change. Since the beginning of April, they have conducted two days of walkouts followed by three days of work, which they call a “off-and-on strike.” Establishing the calendar of strike days well in advance — with two days on strike followed by three back to work — allowed passengers to plan alternate travel solutions. But it also let SNCF management arrange to mitigate the effects of the strike.So the CGT and Sud-Rail have decided to reveal the dates of work stoppages only a few days ahead of time, targeting them to coincide with the days most people leave for their monthlong summer vacation. The weekend of July 6-7 is the first, followed by an action involving freight trains on July 11.President Macron’s promises that no jobs would be lost lasted only a few hours. SNCF management has already announced that the company’s freight division will cut 700 jobs by 2021. What is the pretext? They expect the deficit incurred by this branch to be increased “because of” losses caused by the strike! The railway workers, many of whom lost more than 30 days of salary over the last three months, are ultimately being held responsible for these layoffs!And, shamelessly, the CFDT and UNSA union confederations, after dropping out of the strike movement — as was expected — are begging for crumbs in negotiations with the company’s human resource department over the new “collective agreement for rail transport” that is to replace the abandoned law regulating conditions for railway workers. As the saying goes, “When the bosses decide to restore slavery, the ‘reformists’ will negotiate with their masters over the size of the slaves’ chains.” …At the same time, another large-scale mobilization is developing, also historic in its strength, determination and duration. Energy workers have been fighting for over ten weeks in a very dynamic and massive strike led by young workers, which started in Marseille. At the call of the CGT energy federation, electricians and gas workers moved into action, cooperating with and supporting the railway workers’ strike, with quite similar demands but specific to their sector, in a spirit of solidarity to defend public services.Mobilization growsSince mid-June, this mobilization has been growing. It includes workers at Enedis, a subsidiary of Électricité de France (EDF), the leading electricity supplier in Europe; and Gaz Réseau Distribution France (GRDF), a subsidiary of Engie (formerly GDF Suez), the main distributor of natural gas in Europe. By the end of June, workers had blocked nearly 300 worksites and occupied more than half of them.These strikes were at first “off-and-on” before becoming extended and even unlimited, making this mobilization the largest strike in the French energy sector in the last ten years. The atmosphere at the strike sites is often welcoming and family-like, reforging broad bonds of local solidarity.Infuriated by the astronomical dividends paid to private shareholders, the strikers are on the offensive. They are demanding wage increases of at least 400 euros ($464) per month, permanent hiring of colleagues currently on fixed-term or temporary contracts, cancellation of scheduled job cuts, return of outsourced work and nationalization of the energy sector to make it a true benefit for public service consumers — and not for the capitalists.This strike is the culmination of the numerous powerful struggles led by electricians and gas workers over the past two years, which included the “days of anger” organized over several months in early 2017. Given the scale of the rebellion, the big-business media are imposing a total censorship of information. The frightened employers and government are impatiently awaiting the start of the summer vacation period, when they assume the struggles will run out of steam.Terrified at the risk that the struggle will spread, the ruling class is counting on the fragmentation of the workforce that has resulted from years of privatization and the dismemberment of the public sector. Bonuses for employees who stay on the job are even being discussed in the nuclear and high voltage lines sectors. … What will happen when vacationers return, when the people’s anger against Macron is renewed, and when the hope of change is reborn?Herrera is a Marxist economist, a researcher at the Centre national de la Recherche scientifique (CNRS), who works at the Centre d’Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris. WW staff translated this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Torture, Arbitrary Detention and Self-Censorship

first_img Receive email alerts News NepalAsia – Pacific June 8, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Four months after King Gyanendra declared a State of Emergency on 26 November 2001, at the recommendation of Sher Bahadur Deuba’s government, a high price has already been paid in terms of press freedom violations. Security forces have arrested more than 100 journalists, and at least 30 reporters and media contributors are still being detained. Worse still, at least three journalists have been tortured by security forces while in custody. Despite these events, the country’s private newspapers and radio stations are still being permitted to keep the public informed. Articles exposing government corruption continue to appear in one of Nepal’s biggest daily newspapers. Restricted access to information and, most importantly self-censorship, only apply to military operations against Maoist forces.A Reporters without Borders’ fact-finding team stayed in Kathmandu from 10 to 13 March 2002, where it was able to meet with journalists, managing editors, human rights activists, and lawyers and families of imprisoned journalists. On 12 March, Head of Asia-Pacific Desk Vincent Brossel, Reporters without Borders’ correspondent in Nepal, and two members of the Center for Human Rights and Democratic Studies (CEHURDES), a Nepalese organization defending freedom of the press, were received by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.Thirty journalists and media contributors are currently being held for alleged acts of terrorism by virtue of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Ordinance (TADO), a bill yet to be passed by Parliament. None of them has been sentenced, and the security forces are blocking any habeas corpus procedure initiated by certain families. Considering that the authorities have not produced enough evidence to prove that the imprisoned journalists belong to the Maoist Party, an armed movement that has committed war crimes, Reporters without Borders is demanding their release. In response to a request from the Reporters without Borders’ representative for the release of the imprisoned journalists, Nepal’s Prime Minister affirmed that the “investigations were making progress.” He added, “If any errors have been made, the individuals concerned will be freed and compensated.”Individuals interviewed by Reporters without Borders—particularly those who have publicly opposed the state of emergency, confirmed that they now live in a climate of fear. “Who will be next?” a journalist wondered after the arrest of Gopal Budhathoki, Sanghu’s Editor. “The litany of deaths announced daily in the press and the presence of military patrols in the streets of Kathmandu have created an atmosphere of war that we have never experienced before,” explained another Kathmandu journalist. Human rights organization officials, overwhelmed by the exponential number of exactions in Nepal, fear that the fight against the Maoist rebels will become militarized.   “The troops do as they please. They completely violate the laws by arresting, questioning, torturing and detaining suspects, especially journalists,” claimed Subodh Raj Pyakurel, General Secretary of the human rights organization, INSEC. Reactions to this degrading situation are limited. The Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist, main parliamentary opposition faction), human rights organizations and journalists’ associations are putting their own welfare at risk in an attempt to break the silence over the exactions committed within the context of this fight against “Maoist terrorism.”Over 100 journalists arrested within four monthsOn 26 November 2001, the very day that the state of emergency was declared, security forces searched the offices of allegedly “Maoist” publications. Police officers seized computer equipment and documents. The journalists and colleagues found on the premises were arrested, while others were questioned in their homes, and another dozen went underground. Within just a few hours, the Janadesh weekly’s Govinda Acharya (Editor-in-Chief), Khil Bahadur Bhandari (Managing Editor), Deepak Sapkota (a reporter), Dipendra Rokaya (a computer operator), Manarishi Dhital, (an employee), and Ram Bhakta Maharjan (a computer operator), were arrested and detained in an unknown location. Ishwor Chandra Gyawali, Managing Editor of the Dishabodh monthly, was also questioned. The night before, the Kathmandu police had arrested Nim Bahadur Budhatoki, Dishabodh’s computer operator. Om Sharma, Janadisha daily’s Editor-in-Chief and Deepak Mainali, a computer operator, were arrested by security forces. The journalists were held in solitary confinement for 26 days before being transferred to Bhadragol Prison (in Kathmandu), where their families were finally able to visit them. Chandra Man Shrestha, a Managing Editor at Janadisha, was arrested on 27 December 2001. Authorities have provided no information about his case. It should be noted that Amar Budha, a journalist with the pro-Maoist publication Yojana, has been in custody since 9 April 1999, supposedly in Tulsipur Prison.As a result of this dragnet, half a dozen publications more or less closely linked with the Nepalese-Maoist Communist Party that began its revolt in February 1996—namely Janadisha, Dishabodh, Yojana, Jana Aahwan and Janadesh—have been closed down. The Nepalese Prime Minister has assured Reporters without Borders that this wave of arrests and publication closings were intended “put an end to terrorist propaganda once and for all.” And, he added, “From now on, no one will be permitted to incite violence.”But this wave of repressive actions did not end with allegedly pro-Maoist publications. Dozens of journalists, particularly in the districts affected by Maoist guerrilla warfare, have been arrested, interrogated, and ordered to reveal to the police and army the names of their contacts within the Maoist Party. “Some local journalists were forced to name one or two Maoist militants every day. Some officers threatened to execute them if they would not meet their quota of Maoists,” testified one member of CEHURDES, a Nepal-based human rights NGO working for press freedom. “Security forces, conducting an extensive raid that lasted several weeks, during which they arrested thousands of people, have obviously committed as many abuses as mistakes,” commented one INSEC officer.On 29 November 2001, a new raid took place in the country. In the Rupandehi district, nearly 40 journalists were arrested and held for three days by security forces. Basant Pokhrel, a Jana Sangharsha reporter in Rupandehi, was only released on 17 December. Sitaram Shaha and Pawan Shreshta, two reporters working with Janakpur Awaj in the Siraha district, were also imprisoned. They were released five days later. In the Uydapur district (in western Nepal), Baikuntha Dahal, a freelance journalist, has apparently been in custody since 29 November 2001.On 2 December 2001, Shankar Khanal, a correspondent who worked with the state owned radio station Radio Nepal and the Space Time daily, was arrested along with Ganga Bista, a correspondent with the Nepalese state owned television and local newspaper Chautari Times, and Indra Giri, a Nepal Samacharpatra correspondent in the Sankhuwasabha district (in eastern Nepal). The latter was freed four days later. During their interrogations, the two young journalists were tortured. The security forces were trying to make them reveal the names of their Maoist contacts in the district. They considered that the two journalists, who covered the rebels’ demonstrations on several occasions, should be able to give them some of the militants’ names and contacts. After members of the National Human Rights Commission visited the Sankhuwasabha district, Shankar Khanal was released on 2 March; however, as of 15 March 2002, Ganga Bista remains in custody. Speaking to Reporters without Borders, one Commission member described the prison’s living conditions as “inhuman” and the treatments inflicted by the security forces as “degrading.”On 5 December, Bin Bahadur Kunwar, a journalist with Janarajya was arrested. On that same day, Anjan Kumar Himali, a reporter working for Janagunasho was arrested. As of 10 March 2002, they are apparently still in custody, although no one knows what charges may be brought against them.On 6 December, Sama Thapa, Editor of the local weekly Yugayan, was arrested in Tikapur (Kailai district). At the same time, Chitra Chaudhari, the Assistant Managing Editor of the local weekly Nawacharcha (published in Tikapur) and former Editor-in-Chief of Yugayan, was arrested by security forces. After being interrogated by police for several days, Mr. Chaudhari was jailed in an army barracks, while Mr. Thapa was held in the police force’s Regional Unit building.On 13 December, Rupahendi district police arrested Dil Sahani, a journalist and member of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ). As of 10 March 2002, he was still being detained.On 21 December, Kamal Baral, Editor of the Swaviman weekly, published in Pokhara, was arrested by members of the security forces at his home in Kaski. Several days later, soldiers arrested Janardan Biyogi, Swaviman’s Assistant Managing Editor, in Pokhara. A third Swaviman contributor, Bishwaprakash Lamichane, was arrested a few days later. As of 10 March 2002, it is believed that all three of them were still being held by Nepalese armed forces in this western district.In the Surkhet district, two journalists were arrested at the end of December 2001. They were supposedly still in custody as of 10 March 2002. They are: Bishnu Khanal and Liladhar Gautam, reporters for Surkhet Post, a local publication. Reporters without Borders does not yet know why they are being held.On 26 December 2001, Badri Prasad Sharma, Editor of the local weekly Baglung, was arrested in his Baglung home. Officially indicted on 18 January 2002, he has been in solitary confinement in the district prison ever since.On 3 January 2002, security forces members questioned Hari Baral of the Bijayapur daily, published in Dharan. More than two months after his arrest, the journalist is still in jail. Bhawani Baral, who is also with Bijayapur, went underground to avoid being arrested.On 5 January 2002, Kamal Mishra, a freelance journalist, was arrested by Indian police 40 kilometres from the border. He is presently being held by police in Siliguri (West Bengal) but no reason has been given for his imprisonment.On 9 January 2002, Bijay Raj Acharya, Director of the private publishing house Sirjanshil Prakashan, was “abducted” by security forces and later tortured during his detention. He was freed on 19 March but must report to the police once a week.On 23 January 2002, a journalists’ organization reported the arrest of Bishwa Raj Poudel, a Chure Sandesh journalist accused of supporting the Maoists. Since that date, authorities have disclosed no information about his case. In the evening of 3 March 2002, a dozen individuals abducted Gopal Budhathoki, Editor of the Nepalese-language weekly Sanghu, while he was returning to his home on a motorcycle. According to several eyewitnesses, the journalist was stopped by army vehicles, despite the Prime Minister’s statement to Reporters without Borders that the armed forces had not been involved. On 6 March 2002, the Prime Minister announced that the journalist had been arrested because the newspaper had repeatedly published “fabricated” articles about the security forces for the sole purpose of “spreading rumours and demoralizing the army.” According to Sanghu’s Assistant Director, interviewed by Reporters without Borders, Gopal Budhathoki had published articles about some financial irregularities related to helicopter purchases made by the Nepalese Army. The Prime Minister stated that “publishing information of this kind is equivalent to directly collaborating with the terrorists.” Gopal Budhathoki, who had already been arrested by security forces on 17 December 2001, was questioned and then released 24 hours later. As of 15 March 2002, after being jailed for over 20 days (probably in an army barracks), the journalist has still not been permitted to see his wife, Ram Kala Budhathoki. On 11 March, the latter informed Reporters without Borders: “I filed a writ of habeas corpus with the Supreme Court but now we need the support of the international community to prevent other journalists from being abducted in the middle of the street by the military, like my husband was.”On 16 March 2002, Shyam Shrestha, Managing Editor of Mulyankan, a far-Left monthly, was arrested at Kathmandu International Airport while getting ready to board a flight to New Delhi, where he planned to attend a seminar. The journalist was arrested by security forces along with two human rights activists. According to the Kantipur newspaper, the journalist and his companions are now being held in solitary confinement in the capital’s Bhadrakali military camp. Mulyankan, known for publishing articles critical of the government, had been targeted by security forces for several months. The journalist’s wife has publicly denounced this State-executed “abduction.”Soldiers arrested Kumar Rawat, managing editor of the Nepalese-language monthly Mul Prabaha and the weekly Mahima, on 24 March at his home in Katmandu. Rawat is also an adviser to the Federation of Nepalese Journalists.Another striking fact about the last four months is the growing number of raids that have been made by the police and army on local publications’ newsrooms. For example, on 16 March, the newsroom of the Naya Yugbodh daily, published in the Dang district (in western Nepal), was raided by plainclothes police. Narayan Prasad Sharma, an experienced journalist, was arrested and interrogated for an hour in an army barracks, in violation of the law prohibiting the military from participating in a civilian’s arrest or interrogation. Arrest of twelve “Maoist” publication journalists”My husband was just a journalist doing his job. He would leave early in the morning and work late at the office. He was never involved in politics,” protested the wife of Janadisha’s Editor, Om Sharma. However, the twelve journalists and media contributors in custody, accused by the government of being Maoists, work for publications whose links with the Maoist Party are well-known. “These newspapers were nothing but mouthpieces for Maoist leaders. What they printed was pure propaganda and I am certain that they are all Maoists,” accused one reporter with the Kantipur daily, who wished to remain anonymous, like many others whom we interviewed. On 28 November, an Associated Press news story specified: “For years, Nepal’s far-Left publications have been mistaking fiction for facts, rumours for truth and ideology for journalism.” Other observers contend that these journalists’ pro-Maoist leanings did not automatically imply that they were party members. As one BBC stringer explained, “Some were even clandestinely criticizing the Party’s decisions. They were nonetheless very useful intermediaries for anyone needing to gain access to certain Maoist leaders.” In any event, the police have so far produced no substantial proof that these 12 individuals are actually members of the Maoist Party, which has been outlawed since 1996. According to Bishwa Kant Mainali, a lawyer who works closely with the families of imprisoned journalists, the police will settle for submitting to the special court judge a letter in which it will be stipulated that this or that individual is “guilty of terrorist activities.” Explained Bishwa Kant Mainali, “Under the anti-terrorist law, we can expect every imaginable violation of legal procedures. This extraordinary legislation will preclude any normal judicial process that would permit the Court to distinguish between real Maoists and those who are innocent.”In early March of this year, 10 relatives of journalists and employees with Janadesh, Dishabodh and Janadisha confined in the same cell of Bhadragol Prison in Kathmandu, filed a writ of habeas corpus with the Supreme Court of Nepal. Assisted by a group of lawyers, the detainees’ wives, fathers and brothers demanded, as provided for under this procedure based on Anglo-Saxon law, that their relative be brought before a judge. This first legal initiative was not carried out without difficulty. First, at the end of December, the police refused to bring the Janadesh contributor, Deepak Mainali, before the court, despite the writ of habeas corpus filed on his behalf. Moreover, some relatives were subjected to actual harassment on the part of security forces and—what is even worse—Sabitree Acharya, wife of Govinda Acharya, the Janadesh journalist, was arrested by the Army in February 2002, after having filed her complaint. As of 15 March 2002, no one has had any news of her. According to lawyer Bishwa Mainali, Sabitree Acharya demonstrated “too much zeal, from the authorities’ point of view, in defending her husband’s case.”The relatives and families dread the 25th of March—the date on which Supreme Court judges are scheduled to render their verdict. On several occasions in the last few years, the police have engineered “fake releases.” Following a Supreme Court ruling, prison authorities would release the prisoner, who would be taken back into custody. Furthermore, Ramnath Mainali, a lawyer working on behalf of the Janadesh weekly, was arrested in his Kathmandu home on the morning of 14 March by a dozen plainclothes members of the security force. According to Amnesty International, this lawyer, who has close ties to the Maoists, earned his reputation by successively defending Krishna Sen and Govinda Acharya, Janadesh Editors. As a result of a 2001 Supreme Court decision, Ramnath Mainali had won Krishna Sen’s release after the former had been in custody for two years. Recently, the lawyer had filed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of Govinda Acharya, who was arrested on 26 November 2001. The soldiers who arrested Ramnath Mainali informed his relatives that he was being held at the Singha Durbar army barracks in Kathmandu.Until such time that competent authorities have proven that these incarcerated journalists and media contributors are directly affiliated with the Maoist Party, an armed movement that has perpetrated massive violations of human rights, Reporters without Borders deems that they are being held on the grounds that they exercised their right to inform the public. Nepal, with at least 30 media professionals locked behind bars, is, without a doubt, the largest journalist jail in the world.Torture and abusive treatment”The police forced them to take off their clothes—then struck them and splashed them, first with hot water, then with cold water. And they did this several times a day,” affirms Subodh Raj Pyakurel, General Secretary of the INSEC human rights organization, referring to the treatment of Shankar Khanal and Ganga Bista, two journalists from the Sankhuwasabha district. The wife of journalist Bijaya Raj Acharya also said: “My husband was tortured during the first two or three days of his confinement in the Balaju army barracks. His hands and feet were bound and he was given electric shocks.” The police accuse the journalist of contributing to the clandestine publication of the Janadesh pro-Maoist weekly, while his relatives maintain that he only published magazines for children, primarily Srijanashil Prakashan, and far-Left literature.Their relatives, as well as human rights activists, report that most of the journalists accused of pro-Maoist tendencies have been tortured. INSEC has compiled various testimonies from individuals tortured by the police or the military. This organization claims that the prisoners are being held in rooms that can accommodate as many as 50 men and women. Suspects must keep their head down all day long and are interrogated once a day, preferably one-by-one. They are forced to undress, after which an officer—usually a captain—is assigned to hit them with a cosh and iron bars. To make them admit that they are members of the Maoist Party, the suspects are also splashed with water. Finally, those lucky enough to be released are told that they will be killed if they testify to any of the abusive treatments that they endured in prison.Journalists have apparently been subjected to the same treatment. For example, in early March, three journalists of allegedly “Maoist” publications were transferred for three days from their Bhadragol prison cell to a military detention centre. A fellow prisoner stated that they were “totally exhausted” when they returned. Testimonies on the subject are still somewhat vague because of the systematic restrictions imposed by prison authorities on family visits with political prisoners. The wife of one such prisoner reported that she has to fill out the same identification form three times in succession, while families of prisoners jailed for common-law offences are entitled to totally unsupervised visits with their loved one. “Military and secret service personnel listen to our conversations. My husband can say nothing to me in our short, 5- to 10-minute visits,” concluded this mother of two children, who has been left without financial resources.In addition, virtually all of the questionings were made under circumstances that were degrading for the “suspects” and were very much like actual “abductions.” For example, Anuradha Poudel, a woman journalist with the daily Space Time, was arrested in her home in the night of 19 January 2002. Policemen and soldiers tied her hands and blindfolded her, and then led her away to a police station while her husband and son watched. The journalist, an expert on environmental issues, endured several interrogations that night before the police realized that they had arrested the wrong person. Likewise, Kishor Shreshtha, Managing Editor of the Jana Aastha weekly, was subjected to intense psychological pressures by the police officers who interrogated him for more than 20 hours on 29 January 2002.However, lawyer Bishwa Mainali reminded Reporters without Borders that journalists and lawyers are treated much more favourably than other terrorist suspects: “When a lawyer is arrested, his colleagues protest. When a journalist is arrested, the news circulates within press circles and such international organizations as Reporters without Borders. They are protected from extra-judicial executions and disappearances. But who will defend a poor peasant or provincial school teacher?”Next page With at least 30 journalists and assistants in jail, Nepal is now the world’s biggest prison for the media. Since last November, over 100 journalists have been arrested and accused of backing Maoist rebels, often without any evidence being offered. Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage Help by sharing this information NepalAsia – Pacific Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill to go further News May 29, 2019 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Nepal March 26, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Torture, Arbitrary Detention and Self-Censorship Reports News Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Hundreds of jobs expected from Regeneron expansion

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge WhatsApp Regeneron Vice President and Limerick Site Head Niall O’Leary (centre) with Senator Kieran OÕDonnell (left) and IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan at the Raheen facility.Photo: Sean CurtinLIMERICK is set for a jobs bonanza as plans are announced for biotech leader, Regeneron to spend €200 million expanding its operation in Raheen.The company has confirmed that it plans to expand its current complex by more than half and to build a state of the art research and development facility on site.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The company is to increase the size of its 400,000 sq ft Raheen campus by an additional 240,000 square feet.The expansion will include an 800-space multi-storey car park, giving support to speculation that new jobs will be created in their hundreds to add to the current workforce of 1,200, which is made up of 800 permanent staff and 400 on-site contractors.Regeneron has already pumped more than €1billion into its Limerick facility over the past five years.In an interview with the Sunday Business Post, company Vice-President Niall O’Leary said they “have not finished spending”.Mayor of Limerick City and County James Collins said the money the company was investing in the Raheen plant showed their commitment to Limerick.And he called on the government to provide a proper transport infrastructure for the hundreds of new workers at the expanded Raheen plant.Stating that a radical re-imagining of the transport network connecting the suburbs to the city was needed, he confirmed that consultants had been engaged to develop a transport plan for the Limerick and Shannon Metropolitan area.“We are planning new bus connections for the Mungret Raheen Dooradoyle area to cater for the growth of companies like Regeneron. We are also planning new bus corridors and a park and ride facility to cater for projected population growth in the Castletroy area.“Limerick needs to plan now for the transport system we will need in five years time if we continue to grow at a rate of 3,000 new jobs a year. We want an ambitious future-proof transport plan and we want the Government to prove it is serious about promoting balanced growth of the regional cities,” he declared.Metropolitan Mayor Daniel Butler said it was a huge turning point for Limerick city to have a biopharmaceutical company of the calibre of Regeneron in the area.“The level of expansion at Regeneron is reflective not just of their commitment to the area but also the calibre of employees available in the region. It’s a great signal that we’re doing something right in Limerick,” he said.Limerick Senator Kieran O’Donnell described the expansion as “a serious vote of confidence in what we offer here, in terms of workforce, third level institutions, connectivity and quality of life.He added that it would involve the expansion of the Raheen facility by 60 per cent and the creation of a large number of high-end jobs. Email Advertisement Twitter Limerick on Covid watch list Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites center_img Facebook Print TAGSbusinessemploymentLimerick City and CountyNews Previous articleMary Immaculate cruise into Fitzgibbon Cup quarter finalsNext articleCycling prodigy Lucy is set to take on the world Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin NewsBusinessHundreds of jobs expected from Regeneron expansionBy Bernie English – January 30, 2019 3012 Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up last_img read more

EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) Retail POS Terminal Market Study 2019-2020 & 2024…

first_img Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Facebook DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– The “EMEA Retail POS Terminal Market Study” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This 22nd annual EMEA POS report explores the market climate for EPOS terminals in the Europe/Middle East/Africa region. Macroeconomic issues in the Europe/Middle East/Africa region continue to cause fluctuations in the POS Market. Brexit, the influx of immigrants, terrorism in several countries and uncertainty on the global economy all added up to a drag on the overall economy of the region, yet POS opportunities still abound. Then you add in the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than just numbers without explanation, this report goes deep into a discussion of retailing in the countries and segments to reveal the forces that are shaping EPOS purchase decisions. We believe it is important for our customers to not only see numbers but understand the market behind the data so as to make more informed decisions for the future. The report includes country by country shipments, installed base, forecasts and trends for the electronic point-of-sale terminal market in EMEA. Additionally, the report covers emerging trends and influences that affected the market in 2019 and those that will help form market decisions in the future. It also includes forecasts for shipments through 2024. Highlights Along with the general retail environment for each country/region, we discuss the country by country shipments, installed base, and forecasts for the following retail market segments:Food/GroceryDrug StoresSuperstores/Warehouse ClubsMass MerchantsDepartment StoresSpecialty Category KillersSpecialty OthersConvenience/GasHospitality Key Topics Covered: INTRODUCTIONIntroduction/Background and ObjectivesMarket Segment DefinitionsPOS Definitions UsedCountry Details 1. TRENDS, DRIVERS & BARRIERS 2. EMEA MARKET OVERVIEW 2.1 POS Shipment History and Forecast 2.2 POS Installed Base History and Forecast 3. GERMANY 3.1 Retail Overview 3.2 POS Shipments History 3.3 POS Installed Base History 4. FRANCE 4.1 Retail Overview 4.2 POS Shipments History 4.3 POS Installed Base History 5. UNITED KINGDOM (UK) 5.1 Retail Overview 5.2 POS Shipments History 5.3 POS Installed Base History 6. ITALY 6.1 Retail Overview 6.2 POS Shipments History 6.3 POS Installed Base History 7. BENELUX 7.1 Retail Overview 7.2 POS Shipments History 7.3 POS Installed Base History 8. SCANDINAVIA 8.1 Retail Overview 8.2 POS Shipments History 8.3 POS Installed Base History 9. SPAIN 9.1 Retail Overview 9.2 POS Shipments History 9.3 POS Installed Base History 10. AUSTRIA/SWITZERLAND 10.1 Retail Overview 10.2 POS Shipments History 10.3 POS Installed Base History 11. RUSSIA 11.1 Retail Overview 11.2 POS Shipments History 11.3 POS Installed Base History 12. OTHER EMEA 12.1 Retail Overview 12.2 POS Shipments History 12.3 POS Installed Base History 13. SUMMARY TABLES 13.1 POS Historical Shipments from 2016-2018 13.2 POS Historical Installed Base from 2016-2018 14. FORECASTS 14.1 Projected Shipments by Segment from 2019-2024 14.2 Projected Installed Base by Segment from 2019-2024 15. REFERENCES For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/wda0pa View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005709/en/ CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: EUROPE AFRICA MIDDLE EAST INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY RETAIL OTHER TECHNOLOGY OTHER RETAIL SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 11:57 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 11:57 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005709/enCopyright Business Wire 2021. Local NewsBusiness Facebookcenter_img Pinterest EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) Retail POS Terminal Market Study 2019-2020 & 2024 – ResearchAndMarkets.com Twitter TAGS  WhatsApp Previous articleIn Israel and beyond, virus vaccines bring political powerNext articleJuniper Research: Smart Traffic Management to Significantly Reduce Congestion and Emissions; Saving Cities $277 Billion by 2025 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Moville – Greencastle Road reopens to traffic

first_img Google+ Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Moville – Greencastle Road reopens to traffic LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Previous articleDerry police probe arson attacks on two vansNext articleElvin jailed for five years on deception charges News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest The road between Moville and Grencastle has reopened to traffic this evening.It was closed this morning following a fatal collision in which 25 year old Shane Mc Monagle from Ballinally, Moville lost his life. Pinterest Twitter Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also center_img Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Twitter Facebook Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News WhatsApp By News Highland – July 19, 2012 last_img read more

Moment Kelly Jones was winched to safety captured in picture

first_img Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Google+ Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Previous articleMissing tourist found alive after four day searchNext articleWaterford tourist describes nightmare visit to Inishowen News Highland Google+ Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp By News Highland – September 21, 2011 Captured by Dermot Donavan, Donegal Mountain Rescue, this is the moment Kelly Jones is winched aboard the Search and Rescue helicopter on her way to hospital.Having been missing since 11am on Saturday morning, the 41 year-old from Georgia was found safe in an out house close to where she was staying.It is understood that the building in which she was found had been searched on a number of occasions indicating she had made it, at least some of the way, back herself.Ms Jones is said to have a number of cuts and grazes and to be be suffering from hypothermia.The search has been lead by the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team – you can follow them on facebook by clicking this LINK Facebook News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Moment Kelly Jones was winched to safety captured in picturelast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 8/18/20

first_img Written by August 19, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 8/18/20 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUEHouston 2, Colorado 1 (11)San Francisco 8, LA Angels 2San Diego 6, Texas 4Arizona 10, Oakland 1Cleveland 6, Pittsburgh 3
LA Dodgers 2, Seattle 1Philadelphia 13, Boston 6Cincinnati at Kansas City (Postponed)AMERICAN LEAGUETampa Bay 6, NY Yankees 3Toronto 8, Baltimore 7 Chi White Sox 10, Detroit 4NATIONAL LEAGUE Washington 8, Atlanta 5Chi Cubs 6, St. Louis 3NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSOrlando 122, Milwaukee 110 Miami 113, Indiana 101 Portland 100, LA Lakers 93Houston 123, Oklahoma City 108NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Philadelphia 2, Montreal 0Dallas 2, Calgary 1Washington 3, NY Islanders 3 Las Vegas 4, Chicago 3WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONIndiana 62, Connecticut 84 NY Liberty 64, Seattle 105 Las Vegas 82, Chicago 84MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Toronto 3, Vancouver 0Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

7th Circuit Halts Fraud Restitution, Urges Fine For ‘Reckless’ Bank of America

first_img 7th Circuit Halts Fraud Restitution, Urges Fine For ‘Reckless’ Bank of AmericaDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comThree defendants convicted of wire fraud in the purchase of 16 properties in Gary were clearly guilty of the crimes, but the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday threw out a restitution order against them and urged the district court in Hammond to consider fining Bank of America for “facilitating a massive fraud.”“The bank was reckless,” Judge Richard Posner wrote in United States of America v. Minas Litos and Adrian and Daniela Tartareanu, 16-1384, -1385, 2248, 2249, 2330. The defendants were convicted of wire fraud, and the 7th Circuit affirmed those convictions, but reversed an order that they pay the bank restitution of $893,015, the amount it claimed was lost in the scheme.The defendants were convicted on wire fraud charges filed in 2012 for a scheme in which home buyers were provided down payment kickbacks from the defendants after mortgages were secured on loan applications that provided false information. The defendants then walked away with the purchase price of the properties. But the 7th Circuit wrote Bank of America didn’t have clean hands, and there was little evidence that the bank would not have made the loans had it know the true source of the down payments — the defendants, not the buyers.Posner detailed the bank’s dubious mortgage-lending history during the real-estate bubble leading up to the Great Recession, noting for instance one woman to whom the bank issued six mortgages in a 10-day period. Posner noted that District Judge Philip Simon said during sentencing in this case, “Bank of America knew [what] was going on. They’re playing this dance and papering it. Everybody knows it is a sham because no one is assuming any risk. So what’s wrong with saying they’re [of] equal culpability?”“Indeed,” Posner continued, “and we are puzzled that after saying this the judge awarded Bank of America restitution — and in the exact amount that the government had sought.”“Restitution for a reckless bank? A dubious remedy indeed — which is not to say that the defendants should be allowed to retain the $893,015.” That is stolen money,” he wrote. “We don’t understand why the district judge, given his skepticism concerning the entitlement of Bank of America to an award for its facilitating a massive fraud, did not levy on the defendants a fine of not more than the greater of twice the gross gain or the gross loss caused by an offense from which any of  $893,015. 18  U.S.C. § 3571(d) authorizes a fine of not more than the greater of twice the gross gain or the gross loss caused by an offense from which any person either derives pecuniary gain or suffers pecuniary loss.”The 7th Circuit vacated the restitution order as to the Tartareanus and remanded for full resentencing with the alternative remedy of a heavy fine on the defendants. The panel remanded Litos’ sentencing for the limited purpose of reconsideration of the restitution order with direction to consider whether a fine is possible.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Genesis Crafty, Magherafelt

first_imgEach month we profile a family business to see how it has passed down through the generations. Here, how Genesis Crafty went from home bakery to successful supermarket supplierOne bakery, six brothers – that’s Genesis Crafty. Founded by the siblings’ parents Joe and Roberta McErlain in 1968, the business has come a long way.While working as a grocery salesman, Joe decided the best way to put bread on the table for his family was to make his own. Luckily, he didn’t have to go far to find suitable premises and opened up a bakery next door to the family home on Church Street in Magherafelt. It has grown from a simple operation delivering bread to the local community, to a business with more than 250 staff, supplying major supermarkets with bread, buns and cakes.“My mother’s overriding value was don’t sell what you wouldn’t eat yourself,” says MD Brian McErlain, and it’s a mindset embraced to this day. “If you’re working with M&S and Waitrose, you have to be at the top of your game to stay there.”Between 1979 and 2000, Joe and Roberta’s six children – Adrian, John, Brian, Paul, Damian and Seamus – joined the business in roles from product and process development to sales. While only three are trained bakers, growing up surrounded by flour, eggs and yeast before, after and occasionally instead of school prepared them for the bakery business. “We learned all the skills as kids,” says Brian.In 1982, things kicked up a gear when Genesis signed a contract to supply Wellworths, one of the largest retailers in Northern Ireland at the time. As the firm grew, a new site was acquired and, in 1993, the business moved to Aughrim Road, now a 30,000 sq ft premises, where it resides today.While the Genesis Crafty brand is prominent in Ireland and Northern Ireland, those in Great Britain are likely to be more familiar with its own-label lines, which account for 60% of its trade.A core part of Genesis’ own-label business comes from the multiples. In the late 1990s, Tesco and Sainsbury’s hit Northern Ireland and Genesis began working with them and, a few years later, it was supplying Waitrose and Sainsbury’s across the UK.“After a few weeks of having your product on shelf, if it sells it stays, if it doesn’t it goes,” Brian says. “The big change for us came in 2008, when M&S approached us looking for a baker to supply their 40 stores in Ireland with local types of cake.”M&S has since listed products in its UK stores as well. “It’s gone from a standing start in 2010 to where we will do £4m to £5m-worth of business with M&S this year.”1968: Joe and Roberta McErlain open McErlain’s Bakery on Church Street, Magherafelt1979: Adrian becomes the first of Joe and Roberta’s six sons to join the family business1982: The business scales up after signing a contract with one of NI’s largest retailers, Wellworths1998: McErlain’s Bakery changes its name to Genesis, accompanied by a new world bread range2000: Damian, the youngest McErlain brother, comes on board2005: Genesis Crafty makes a breakthrough into the GB market thanks to contracts with Waitrose and Sainsbury’s2010: Its first products roll out onto the shelves in Marks & Spencerlast_img read more

International journalism and the global water crisis

first_imgOn Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard will host an evening discussion on how news media collaboration and innovative online tools can bridge the foreign reporting gap.Titled “International Journalism 2.0: Bringing Home the Global Water Crisis,” the event will bring Dennis Dimick, executive editor for the environment at National Geographic, and Jon Sawyer founding director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, to Harvard to discuss their joint collaboration with PBS NewsHour to raise the visibility of water and population issues.John Briscoe, professor of environmental engineering at Harvard and a former senior water adviser at The World Bank will respond. Stefanie Friedhoff, special projects manager at the Nieman Foundation, will moderate the conversation.The event will kick off a new collaboration between the Nieman Foundation and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The purpose of the talk is to reach out to the academic, research, and student communities and involve them in a conversation on the importance of international journalism; what the challenges are to reporting a complex subject that affects the entire globe; and how this type of in-depth global reporting can be sustained and improved.The event is open to the public and will take place at Lippmann House, One Francis Avenue, Cambridge, Mass., from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27. A wine and cheese reception will follow the discussion. If you have questions, email [email protected] or call 617.496.8511.last_img read more