[DAILYCALLER] Unionized local employees repeatedly harassed and intimidated non-union workers of a private disaster cleanup firm that won a government contract to restore Long Island, New York, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The vice president of the union even made threats against the wife and kids of one of the workers. That worker felt it necessary to call the police and pursue other security measures to protect his family, a source told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
After Hurricane Sandy devastated the New York and New Jersey shoreline in late October, Looks Great Services (LGS) won a bid to haul away debris, clear roads and remove damaged trees. New York's Nassau County hired the company to complete $70 million worth of repairs.
Soon thereafter, representatives of Local 138, a union representing heavy equipment operators, began visiting construction sites, demanding that the company hire unionized employees to help with the job.
But LGS was paying its workers -- some of whom came from out of state -- market-based wages, rather than union wages, in compliance with federal law regarding disaster recovery jobs.
"If the contract is union, we are union, if it's not, we're not," said Kristian Agoglia, president of LGS, in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation.
His answer didn't satisfy the union, which began making inflammatory statements to workers at LGS construction sites.
One of LGS's contract workers recalled a union heckler telling them to "take your country ass back to Mississippi," and "get your dumb Tennessee ass off that piece of equipment."
"What they would say is, 'It sure would be sad if your trucks caught on fire,'" recalled the LGS worker, who spoke to TheDC News Foundation on condition of anonymity because the union also made threats against his wife and children.
Local 138 vice president Phil Capobianco made the threats, said the source.
"[He] called and said, 'Look you have to get us involved,'" recalled the source. "I said, first of all, I don't have to; second of all, we've tried; and third you've said you refuse to work for the rates we can pay."
Then Capobianco said something that the source would never forget.
"He said, 'I would just hate for anything to happen,'" recalled the source. Capobianco then rattled off a list of the source's home address, his wife's name, his kids and their current whereabouts.
[Shabelle] disputes have erupted in Somalia's Ministry of information between the minister and his two deputies.
Abdullahi Elmoge who is the minister is being accused by his deputies Mr. Abdishakur Ali Mire and Ibrahim Isaaq Yarow of monopolizing the ministry .The two deputies are believed to be furious about the minister's dictatorship and obstruction of national responsibility by hijacking all the duties the two deputies were assigned to.
The prime minister of the federal republic of Somalia intervened before the matter went kaboom! after he paid unexpected visit to the ministry headquarters yesterday.
Wrangles began when the minister named his own men to perform assignments and duties meant for the two deputies after which the two deputies complained to the prime minister.
Eyewitness at the ministry of information informed Shabelle media station that the prime minister held a closed door meeting with the three senior government officials but the outcome of the meeting is not yet known.
[An Nahar] A Moroccan editor was handed a two month suspended prison sentence on Monday for defamation, after writing that an Islamist minister had organized a lavish, alcohol-fueled dinner during an official trip abroad.
The court in a suburb of Casablanca also fined Youssef Jajili, the director of Al-Aan magazine, 50,000 dirhams (4,500 euros), and ordered him to pay a symbolic dirham to the plaintiff, Minister of Industry and Trade Abdelkader Amara.
Jajili, who had been charged with disseminating false information, was not present in court when the ruling was announced, but his lawyer said he would appeal.
"This ruling is unjustified. The court did not consider our requests... We will continue to fight for the freedom of expression," Brahim Rachidi told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Amara, who belongs to the ruling Islamist Party of Justice and Development (PJD), filed a complaint after the publication last year of an article claiming he had organised a sumptuous champagne dinner during a trip to Burkina Faso ...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other... that cost 10,000 dirhams of public money.
The minister said at the time that the magazine supported its claims with "false witnesses and a false copy of the bill," calling the article "an attack on his honor and dignity" that was aimed at "undermining the PJD."
During the five month trial, the editor defended the claims, saying he had a supporting document which he refused to show the court, arguing that to do so would endanger his sources.
His lawyer emphasized that the article had not accused the minister of consuming alcohol.
Posted by: Fred ||
06/18/2013 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Arab Spring
The name of the horse is "Maine Dash Ta Fame"
So If you lead a horse, say his name is Abdelkader Amara, to a watering hole and organize a lavish, alcohol-fueled dinner during an official trip abroad, do you think he will drink ?
Posted by: Au Auric ||
06/18/2013 1:14 Comments ||
Defamation of an Islamist minister? Kind of boggles the mind. Might have thought it was the buggering of goats, camel or little boys that was discovered in the minister's background that was discovered by the editor? Instead the editor criticized the ruling class for lavish spending on un-Islamic things such as alcohol.
[AlArabiya] Saudi Arabia says four more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths to 32 in the kingdom at the center of the growing crisis.
Overall, nearly 40 people have died from the virus since September, mostly in Europe and the Middle East. That's according to local officials and the World Health Organization.
The Saudi Health Ministry also said on Monday that it confirmed three more cases of the virus, including in a 2-year-old child. Officials are still seeking clues on how easily it is spread between humans.
[Bangla Daily Star] Grameen Bank Inquiry Commission is set to recommend restructuring Grameen Bank in the shape of Bangladesh Shilpa Bank or Rural Electrification Board in order to give the government absolute control over the micro-lender. Grameen Bank is a microlender, formed outside Bangla govt channels, to make small loans to poor people without any collateral. It was founded in 1975 by Mohammed Yunus as a project to deliver banking services to the rural poor. In 2006 the bank and its founder were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for what that's worth. The Bangla govt nudged him out of his place as head of the bank last year and now they're nationalizing it, so there must be a good-sized boodle there. So they won't be a microlender much longer, at least when dispersing said boodle...
The recommendations will be unveiled at a workshop "Future Structure of Grameen Bank: Some Options" at the Biam auditorium in the capital on July 2. Finance Minister AMA Muhith will give the keynote speech there.
The government-sponsored commission has already sent invitations to a number of experts to attend the event, said sources.
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank, termed the commission's suggestions completely irrelevant and unworkable.
"The government takeover of a sound financial institution owned by 8.4 million poor women will be a case of an extreme abuse of government power. Options offered by the Inquiry Commission are totally irrelevant and unworkable. They do not deserve to be discussed with any seriousness," he said.
According to the paper to be presented at the workshop, the Grameen Bank's legal structure should be similar to that of Bangladesh Shilpa Bank (BSB).
"In order to keep the Grameen Bank base of at least 540,000 shareholders under a single state institution, it would be necessary to amend the Grameen Bank Ordinance to bring it closer to the legal format of BSB," it said.
Hyper stimulation, shrinking markets, excess capacity are looming problems in China. China cannot sell all that it produces. Inflation is increasing and growth decreasing. Housing prices are going up. They have troublesome bubbles too. A good companion article in "Financial Times" is referenced in the article.
Then just throw it away (what they've been doing, for practical purposes).
Or convert to producing war materials, and 'consume' them in a war someplace (what the world did 1939-45).
Or make lots of babies again to increase consumption.
[LATIMES] Riot police in Istanbul fired water cannons and tear gas Monday to disperse pockets of protesters on the sidelines of a demonstration called by labor groups hoping to capitalize on weeks of activism to register broader discontent.
Two major labor groups urged their members to hold a one-day strike and participate in demonstrations in response to a police crackdown against activists who have led protests centered on Istanbul's Taksim Square and nearby Gezi Park in recent weeks.
A rally in Ankara, the capital, took place peacefully, and there were no immediate signs that the police operation in Istanbul had provoked major festivities in the afternoon. Earlier, Turkey's interior minister warned that anyone joining unlawful demonstrations would "bear the legal consequences."
Meanwhile, ...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had escaped from his bonds and overwhelmed his guard using the bludgeon the faithful Filomena had smuggled to him in the loaf of bread... in a sign of tension between rival groups, images from the Dogan news agency showed crowds of government supporters facing down some protesters. Some chanted, "The hands targeting the police should be broken."
The government has expressed increasing exasperation over more than two weeks of street demonstrations, including a sit-in in Gezi Park and occasional festivities between stone-throwing youths and riot police.
The proliferation of nuclear technology in the politically volatile Middle East greatly increases the likelihood of a catastrophic nuclear war. It is widely accepted, while not openly declared, that Israel has nuclear weapons, and that Iran has enriched enough nuclear material to build them. The medical consequences of a nuclear exchange between Iran and Israel in the near future are envisioned, with a focus on the distribution of casualties in urban environments Quite interesting.
And HERE is a site with background information on the computer and the 700 page report.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
06/18/2013 0:31 Comments ||
Don't fergit China-vs-india-vs-Pakistan, espec iff China + Japan andor China + PHIL start shoting at each other.
The three above are more likely to nuke each other in any East-South Asia Crisis as long as the US + Russia aren't involved.
We already know about China-vs-Japan, but come 2014 will begin the formal Govt-sharing, Coop in Nuke-armed Pakistan between Islamabad + the Taliban, etal. insurgents. MOST ANALYSTS ANTICIPATE THE TALIBAN, ETAL. TO EVENTUALLY DOMINATE THE PAK GOVT LIKE HEZBOLLAH DID, + STILL DOES, IN LEBANON.
* FYI DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > KARACHI AT RISK OF BECOMING ANOTHER "BEIRUT", SAYS FRENCH POLITICAL SCIENTIST.
* SAME > [Post-2014] PAK TALIBAN MAY BECOME SEPARATISTS.
* SAME > [Middle East Online] EGYPT'S MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ATTACK [critixize] UAE AS THEY REACH TO ANNEX EGYPT IN SHIA CRESCENT.
Sunni Egypt + Egypt's Oil-Gas + World-vital Suez Canal under Iran, Hezbollah, + IRGC Quds Force control or domination???
In summation, IRAN may get ...
> Eastern Mediterranean = Atlantic Ocean presence in LT, as sttaed by Iran's Govt, Navy Officios + Top Eggs???
> Own Nukes.
> Iran BFF Pakistan's LR nuclear arsenal to defend the Persian Gulf regions agz the US Navy-DOD.
> Shia Islamist Iranian Control or domination of the Suez Canal???
D *** NG IT, ITS GOOD FOR THE OWG NUCLEAR CALIPHATE?
Once again, Sunni KSA can no longer afford to stay on the sidelines.
Bes stategy agaisnt Iran is not threatning on bombing it since Ahmedinajad told eradicating Israel is well worth the price of several million dead (what ordinary iranians think of having millions of them killed for an Arab cause, that is people who hate their guts is not known). Not the real deterrent against Iran would be to threaten Mecca and Medinah.
...You know, I've always thought that at least a few Israeli warheads are aimed at the Iranian oil fields and infrastructure. No way to get the oil out means the Iranian leadership will get at least one chance to reconsider their foolishness.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
06/18/2013 18:49 Comments ||
The Lord is our shepherd says the psalm, but just in case....
Posted by: Eric Jablow ||
06/18/2013 20:30 Comments ||
God has weapons, his rod and his staff, so us having weapons is just us being like God:p
Better think twice, Iran about these nuclear threats, a la Kimmie. One false step and yer Mahdi and his well go up in a mushroom cloud and come down as nasty radioactive daughters. And Qom becomes a glass roentgen soup bowl.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
06/18/2013 23:04 Comments ||
If the Israelis are feeling really nasty they'll set off a couple of high altitude nukes for a big EMP foot print and kill off all of the Arab's cell phones. The Arabs would go into severe withdrawal symptoms, loss of appetite, depression, nausea, and flatulence.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.