This video from the USA is about Occupy Wall Street protesters joining demonstrating postal workers.
By Matt Sledge in the USA:
NYC Transit Union Joins Occupy Wall Street
New York City labor unions are preparing to back the unwieldy grassroots band occupying a park in Lower Manhattan, in a move that could mark a significant shift in the tenor of the anti-corporate Occupy Wall Street protests and send thousands more people into the streets.
The Transit Workers Union Local 100‘s executive committee, which oversees the organization of subway and bus workers, voted unanimously Wednesday night to support the protesters. The union claims 38,000 members. A union-backed organizing coalition, which orchestrated a large May 12 march on Wall Street before the protests, is planning a rally on Oct. 5 in explicit support. And SEIU 32BJ, which represents doormen, security guards and maintenance workers, is using its Oct. 12 rally to express solidarity with the Zuccotti Park protesters.
“The call went out over a month ago, before actually the occupancy of Wall Street took place,” said 32BJ spokesman Kwame Patterson. Now, he added, “we’re all coming under one cause, even though we have our different initiatives.”
The protests found their genesis not in any of the established New York social action groups but with a call put out by a Canadian magazine. While other major unions beyond the TWU have yet to officially endorse Occupy Wall Street, more backing could come as early as this week. Both the New York Metro Area Postal Union and SEIU 1199 are considering such moves.
Jackie DiSalvo, an Occupy Wall Street organizer, says a series of public actions aimed at expressing support for labor — from disrupting a Sotheby’s auction on Sept. 22 to attending a postal workers’ rally on Tuesday — have convinced unions that the two groups’ struggles are one.
“Labor is up against the wall and they’re begging us to help them,” said DiSalvo, a retired professor at Baruch College in her late 60s who has emerged as a driving force in the effort to link up labor and the protests. DiSalvo is herself a member of the Professional Staff Congress, which represents teachers at the City University of New York.
Recent anti-labor actions like Scott Walker’s in Wisconsin “really shocked the unions and moved them into militant action,” DiSalvo said, and the inflammatory video of a NYPD deputy inspector pepper-spraying several protesters on Saturday also generated union sympathy.
AFL-CIO’s Trumka Hails “Occupy Wall Street,” as Key Unions Begin to Endorse Protests: here.
USA: Banks Left Bailout Program Early To Avoid Restrictions On Executive Pay: Report: here.
Today, to the cemetery.
This is a jay video.
A jay in a tree. Robin and nuthatch sounds.
A speckled wood butterfly.
Blackbird. Great spotted woodpecker sound.
This video from yesterday is called Police Use Water Cannons On Protesting Students In Santiago, Chile.
Chilean students called on government officials today to guarantee free state education for all at the start of talks aimed at diffusing five months of mass protests that have shut down schools and universities: here.
Chilean girls stage ‘occupation’ of their own school in education rights protest: here.
Chilean students vowed today not to give in to intimidation a day after a march for free education was attacked by police: here.
Using mounted police charges, rubber bullets, teargas and water cannon, the right-wing government of President Sebastián Piñera violently suppressed a student march last Thursday in Chile: here.
This video from Wales is called Avocet – WWT Llanelli (Penclacwydd).
From Wildlife Extra:
Birds flock to restored coast at Llanelli
Saline habitats some of the rarest in the UK
September to 2011: Three newly-restored coastal lagoons at WWT National Wetland Centre Wales in Carmarthenshire have attracted hundreds of waterbirds so far this autumn.
In addition to the great numbers, some rarities such as great white egret and spoonbill have thrilled staff and visitors, as have the kingfishers which are seen most days.
The lagoons fill with seawater on particularly high tides and have been restored to help wetland wildlife such as black-tailed godwits, whimbrel, curlew, redshank, greenshank, spotted redshank and little egret.
A lot more birds than usual
Nigel Williams, centre manager at WWT National Wetland Centre Wales said: ‘A lot more birds than usual have been using the lagoons. In restoring them we are now able to control the water levels so the lagoons have become very attractive to a wide variety of waterfowl and waders – in fact, it’s perfect for them.
‘Over the next few weeks we will see them filling up even more as migrant ducks return from across the world making for a wonderful winter spectacle.’
The WWT reserve is home to communities of rare wildlife, such as the scarlet tiger moth, and has populations of at least seven UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority bird species, including grasshopper warblers and curlew.
Saline lagoons have become one of the rarest habitats in the UK, particularly in Wales. The specialised salt-tolerant invertebrates, which attract the feeding birds, have suffered as result.
Last Monday we had news from Mike Marsh of what seems to be the first Polish ringed Kingfisher ever controlled in the UK: here.
By Robert Stevens:
More evidence of criminality by Murdoch’s media empire
30 September 2011
Fresh evidence has emerged on the extent of criminality surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid and its relations with London’s Metropolitan Police (Met).
Last week, the Daily Telegraph reported that the former Deputy Editor of the News of the World, Neil Wallis, was being secretly paid more than £25,000 for supplying News International with “crime exclusives” whilst he was working for the Met. For his so-called “consultancy work” with the Met involving two days a month, Wallis was paid £24,000.
Wallis’ employment by the Met led in July to the resignation of then-Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and his deputy, Assistant Commissioner John Yates. In their initial testimony to parliament’s home affairs select committee in July, neither Stephenson nor Yates revealed the fact that Wallis had been a paid consultant.
An unnamed MP told the Observer newspaper at the time, “We were assured that Yates and Stephenson weren’t taking money from the journalists. What we didn’t know was that the journalists were taking money from the cops.”
Wallis was among a small number of former News of the World senior figures, who were arrested in July by the Met and released without charge. He was arrested on suspicion of intercepting phone messages.
Campaign grows to oust Murdoch. Shareholder service advises ousting Rupert Murdoch, two sons and 10 other directors from NewsCorp board: here.
This video is called Emirates Wildlife Society WWF: UAE Ecological Footprint.
From Wildlife Extra:
25 new species discovered in UAE‘s Wadi Wurayah
Wadi Wurayah teems with life with discovery of 55 new species
September 2011: Wadi Wurayah continues to be a stronghold for wildlife in the United Arab Emirates with the discovery of 55 new species, including a shiny golden bug called Sphenoptera vanharteni, and a long-legged elegant ant: Lepisiota elegantissima, in addition to a tiny gecko: Asaccus gallagheri.
Out of the 55 newly recorded species recently found, 25 are considered new to science species, further highlighting the importance of this protected area. These new species found in Wadi Wurayah are composed of two species of Arachnida (spiders, scorpions, ticks), one species of terrestrial Crustacean (crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, krill and barnacles), one species of Entognatha (springtails), and 51 species of insects (bugs, flies, ants, butterflies, etc).
The findings are a result of continued research, collaboration and verification by Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF), Fujairah Municipality and local authorities.
See also here.
The German Bundestag (parliament) ratified on Thursday the expansion of the European bailout fund aimed at ensuring the banks and financial institutions threatened by state insolvency: here.
This week the focus of attention in the unending Eurozone crisis saga has been Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-wing coalition was facing a crucial parliamentary vote on the Eurozone’s multi-billion euro rescue fund that needs approval from the single currency’s 17 governments: here.
Greek public-sector workers lock out international financial inspectors. Surprise sit-ins start with civil servants declaring that they had taken over six ministries early this morning: here. And here.
England: STRIKING teachers at Kingsbury High School in north-west London were joined on the picket line by parents and students yesterday morning as they showed that they were not prepared to accept the school being turned into an Academy: here.
CONSTRUCTION site electricians stepped up their campaign on Wednesday to defend pay and conditions against a brutal onslaught by a ‘cartel’ of contractors to smash them up: here.
HUNDREDS of electricians blockaded Oxford Street in central London yesterday morning, against the major attack by a ‘cartel’ of contractors who have declared they intend to tear up the JIB (Joint Industry Board) national agreement from 7th December and slash pay by 35%: here.
165,000 teachers throughout France took to the streets Tuesday in opposition to the government policy of reducing the number of teaching posts: here.
Hundreds of doctors at university medical clinics in Germany staged a series of two-hour strikes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions: here.
There is growing popular opposition in Italy to the austerity policies being implemented by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi: here.