first_img Tagged with: Technology Trading Microsoft on the other hand are adamant that the donations programme is legal.Read “Microsoft to offer free software” by Paul Abrahams and Daniel Dombey at FT.com. Howard Lake | 15 May 2003 | News Microsoft to offer free software to education and governments AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Microsoft plans to offer free and discounted software to governments and educational institutions, although critics have suggested this might contravene European antitrust law.By offering free and discounted software to particular sectors Microsoft could be viewed as abusing its near monopoly status, according to FT.com. “European law prohibits companies with monopolies using discounts that discriminate between customers and exclude competitors from the market”, reports the financial newspaper.The donations are presumably part of Microsoft’s efforts to ensure it does not lose out to its rival free operating system Linux. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

first_imgFired doctors, nurses and therapists along with supporters from the community outside the Whittier Street Health Center on June 20.Twenty fired doctors, nurses and therapists marched into the Whittier Street Health Center on June 20 to reclaim their jobs and join their co-workers in an historic “Union Yes” vote. Outside the clinic in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, a militant crowd cheered to show union, community and patient support.With that vote, WSHC became the first community health center in New England where the professional staff is union strong. It was a stunning defeat of union busting and a historic victory against an orchestrated corporate attack on community health workers.The victory was powered by a broad union-community mobilization, led by Service Employees Union Local 1199 organizers under the banner “Health Care Is a Human Right.” (tinyurl.com/y84dw6d7)A week earlier, on June 14, WSHC human resource managers and hired security agents had seized the credentials of these frontline health care workers. Management violated patient safety and confidentiality by entering exam rooms and labs unannounced during clinical sessions. They then forcibly “escorted” workers out of the building.WSHC’s top-paid executives justified the firings as driven by the health center’s funding woes. But the Roxbury community, where many of WSHC’s patients live, expressed immediate outrage in the streets.WSHC is an important resource for affordable or no-cost care for thousands of poor and oppressed people, many uninsured or without adequate insurance. The clinic also provides culturally competent and trauma-informed behavioral health services.Community outrage quickly became a crisis for the city’s ruling class.An overnight mobilization brought hundreds of community members, labor activists and health care advocates to a mass rally outside WSHC’s door.The truth behind the firings was exposed: The fired doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, nutritionists, behavior health counselors, dentists, optometrists and ophthalmologists were all involved in leading a union campaign to organize WSHC’s workers — a federally protected activity. The illegal firings were timed to impact a June 20 union vote.Facing immense pressure from the community and the progressive labor movement, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh reportedly intervened to pull WSHC back and soften its anti-union tactics. The WSHC board and CEO waffled for 48 hours and then caved in as voting day and more mass protests loomed.Exposing health care ‘speed-up’ conditionsWorkers World talked with Dr. Sherar Andalcio, who explained he was fired by WSHC for “objecting to management’s impossible productivity demands.” Dr. Andalcio continued to organize for the union victory while unemployed.Dr. Andalcio described conditions at the center as “like a speed-up on a manufacturing assembly line ” — oppressive working conditions, constant wage theft and intolerable management demands on workers to increase WSHC revenue. He backed up his assertions with a wealth of internal WSHC documents, emails, painstaking research and personal notes.Management’s ramp up of “billable patients” an hour over the last two years has caused 90 percent turnover of primary care and family medicine providers and 150 percent turnover of nurses. Clinical staff now have to see patients at a rate of 30 a day — with a strictly enforced maximum of 15 minutes with each patient to examine, treat and and write a chart note about their clinical plan!Management pressure leaves health workers in a terrible triple bind: treating patients with complex diagnoses and co-morbidities, while also meeting strict productivity requirements and without making a mistake that would cause harm to a patient and/or jeopardize their own clinical license to practice in their field.Like many health centers based in historically Black communities, WSHC serves patients coping with stark health disparities, rooted in the stresses of racism and poverty. Many WSHC patients suffer from, or are at increased risk for, diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, HIV, hepatitis, nutritional deficiency, depression and anxiety, substance use disorders, and many other poverty- and minority-stress-related conditions.The profit-driven speed-ups at WSHC that forced providers to quit have negatively affected patients, leading to constant cancellations, re-appointments with new care teams and inconsistent care. Dr. Andalcio noted: “We are encouraged not to give longer visits because [WSHC] can only bill $150, so we tell [patients] to come back. Just give me an hour with this patient instead of a disjointed 15-minute session.”Profits for the ‘nonprofit’ health companyDr. Andalcio researched WSHC’s “nonprofit” tax filings with the Internal Revenue Service and found that WSHC’s man­agement methods generated $1 to $2 million in profits annually from 2008 to 2016.This surplus was not used to benefit patients or the community. Instead the WSHC CEO’s salary and benefits were doubled over the eight-year period. Executive management also separately reported $600,000 in investment interest income in its 2017 annual report. When this same management illegally fired union organizers, it used the pretense of “funding shortfalls.” Meanwhile, staff have gone without raises for years.After the June 20 union win, the strategy for SEIU organizers, explained Dr. Andalcio, is next to organize all WSHC janitorial, secretarial and administrative staff. United contract negotiation is the goal.Gery Armsby, a health administration worker at another Boston community health center, spoke with Workers World about the significance of the victory: “Hospitals, insurance companies and health centers are increasingly operated and motivated by Wall Street interests. This means a demand for increased profit, which comes in the form of rapid technology upgrades to cut labor and a big surge in the price tag for specialized care and drugs.”Armsby noted: “The average length of patient hospital stays has been forcibly reduced by management in recent years. As a result, many small, urgent care and primary care centers — some community ‘non-profits,’ others run by huge companies like CVS — are opening, drawing large numbers of health workers into smaller, unorganized workplaces.”Health care workers organizeSEIU Local 1199 is investing resources in other union drives similar to that at WSHC. It started with early victories at NYC’s Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, which services the LGBTQ community, and Chase Brexton Health Care, which began as a gay men’s health center in the Baltimore area and now has five centers serving all generations in their communities as well as maintaining diversity. Now there are hopeful indications of a wave of successful union organizing.Armsby observed: “A struggle-oriented approach inspires active worker-organizers in relatively small shops, like the 80 new members of SEIU at Whittier Street Health Center. Doctors and other traditionally nonunion professionals are clamoring to be organized alongside RNs, medical assistants, and janitorial, administrative and dining hall workers. This is a momentous shift in consciousness that needs to be supported and nurtured.”“This level of solidarity reflects a desire, despite the atomization of the ‘gig’ economy workplace, to fight together against dead-end capitalism,” concluded Armsby. “Small shops should no longer be considered insignificant to this struggle, but rather seen as strategic to the goals of union justice for all health care workers and for health care as a human right for the people.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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first_imgMexico’s president sells himself as lifelong champion of the rights of women, who he calls “more honest” than men. To stress the point, he made history upon taking office in December 2018 by putting women in half his cabinet posts.But Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s prickly reaction to criticism of the government over brutal murders of women in recent weeks has riled feminists and undermined support for him among female voters, helping to fuel protests and calls for a massive walkout next week.Support for an unprecedented women’s “strike” on Monday has swelled, even as Lopez Obrador has tried to paint the event as a cynical attempt by political opponents to discredit him and capitalize on problems he says they created. Topics : Such comments strike many as tone-deaf and lacking empathy, exposing a weak spot for a government already battling to tackle gang violence, impunity and a stagnant economy.”As a woman and a citizen, I feel outraged,” said Claudia Calvin, a consultant on gender and technology. “It’s despicable that the head of this country has been unable to understand the importance of women and the impact of violence.”Allies of the president reject such criticism.Irma Sandoval, head of the Public Administration Ministry, which monitors federal employees, described Lopez Obrador as “the most feminist president in modern history.”center_img Polls suggest women are increasingly skeptical.Lopez Obrador remains popular. But support for him has never been lower ahead of the strike, in which women will withdraw from work, school and public spaces.A survey by pollster Consulta Mitofsky showed his approval rating among women fell some 3 percentage points from January to February to 52.7%. Among men, it dipped 0.6 points to 59.2%.UncomfortableThe president’s tendency to dismiss criticism and the women’s protests has caused unease inside the government.Saying he would put “the poor first”, Lopez Obrador took power pledging to tackle chronic inequality and violence.The row over women has been uncomfortable for him, because Mexico still has more basic problems to address than in advanced economies, where debates over gender equality are more prominent, said an official, speaking on condition of anonymity.Lopez Obrador described himself as a “humanist” on Friday when asked at a daily news conference if he was a feminist, and pointed to deeper-rooted problems in Mexico.”Because of corruption, we’ve given rise to monstrous economic and social inequality,” the 66-year-old said.Interior Minister Olga Sanchez has tempered assertions that the popular ferment, including a massive march planned on International Women’s Day this Sunday, has ulterior motives.”As far as it being a movement by women, for women, with women and against violence, it is,” she said last week.An intervention by Mexico’s first lady on the issue also caused embarrassment to the government. First, she came out in support of the strike – then quickly changed her mind.”What would they do without us?” Beatriz Gutierrez wrote on Instagram on Feb. 20 next to an image promoting the strike.Later that day, she backed a counter-demonstration in support of her husband that urged women to be visible on the streets. Lopez Obrador said he did not know why she had reversed course.Mexico holds mid-term legislative elections next year, and if the president cannot stem the slide in support among women, it could cost him control of Congress.Murders of women for reasons of gender known as femicides surged to 976 cases last year, more than double the total five years earlier. At a time of increased scrutiny, critics feel Lopez Obrador has often downplayed their concerns.They bristled at his announcement that tickets for a raffle to recoup money spent by his predecessor on a presidential jet would go on sale on Monday. He later reversed that decision, saying he did not realize it was the day of the women’s strike.Others say Lopez Obrador is waking up to the discontent.On Thursday, six of his female ministers held a news conference to express support for women and their rights.”It’s still not quite on his radar,” said Vivir Quintana, a musician who wrote a song against femicides. “But I think he can help us a lot, that he’s a sensitive person.” last_img read more

first_imgThe home at 92 Colwill Cres, BelivahENJOY stunning views from the balcony of this Belivah home on a 4.56ha block high up on a mountain top.The property at 92 Colwill Cres has three bedrooms and two bathrooms spread across two levels.Mark and Kim Harrison bought the home seven years ago when their son was still at home.“When we bought it, it was rundown so we did a full renovation,” Mr Harrison said.“The idea was we wanted a country home; we wanted it to blend with the countryside.“The balcony was really small so we built a massive one to make the most of the views; you can see from Mount Cotton right up to north Straddie and down to Rocky Point heading to the coast. The home has a modern, renovated interior.Downstairs there are two more bedrooms, a second living area, a bathroom and laundry.There is also room for four cars in the double lockup garage and double shed.Mr Harrison said the acreage block was private and low-maintenance.“The block is peaceful yet we have that modern, city-type living inside the home,” he said.“We love the home, we really do but we need to downscale.”The home is being marketed for Tony Pennisi from The Property Hub for offers over $949,000. The home is high up on a 4.56ha block.“We didn’t want to impede the views, so that’s why there is so much glass.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“It’s magnificent to sit out on the balcony and look across to the island — we like to have dinner and barbecues out there or just have a beer and take in the views.“Or you can sit in the lounge room and read and see the same view. There’s even a view from the shower in the ensuite.”The upper level has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens up on to the large deck. The master bedroom is also on this level and has a walk-in robe and ensuite.last_img read more

first_imgIn loving memory of Leo Singleton Jr., May 22, 1931 – January 14, 2018.Leo Singleton, Jr., beloved father of Jennifer Lee Singleton of Albuquerque, NM. and endeared uncle of his sister Thelma’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.. Loving memories will be held by his many cousins and their families. Leo was preceded in death by his parents Leo Sr. and Mary Singleton and sister Thelma O’Brien.Leo served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict and he was also a member of the Free Masons.He attended the Ohio State University where he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Leo lived a full and colorful life and he was loved by many and will be missed by all. May he rest in peace.Friends will be received Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Beecher Presbyterian Church, 229 Short Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana.Services will be held at the Church, at 12:00 pm with Pastor Robert Northcutt officiating.Interment will follow in the Stipps Hill Cemetery, Laurel, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Beecher Presbyterian Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] Courtney Brosnan kneeled with her hands on the ground at the side of the goalpost. Maddie Pack put her hands over her head and Jackie Firenze beckoned for her teammates to regroup as they paced around with looks of shock and frustration.Louisville forward Isabella Habuda had just gathered a pass off a Syracuse turnover near midfield and streaked toward the SU goal. She took two long dribbles before launching a shot high over Brosnan and into the back of the net.“I think it’s (frustration),” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said of the team’s reaction. “We’re so much better than what we’re showing at times. And for us, our season has really been … a game of two halves.”Syracuse couldn’t catch up to Louisville (6-5-1, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) after conceding a goal 13 minutes into the contest. Despite gaining momentum as the game wore on, the Orange (4-8-1, 0-4) ran out of time in a 1-0 loss at SU Soccer Stadium.Wheddon called Syracuse’s early play frantic and said his team gave the ball away too much.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Sometimes we have a tendency to come out a little flat,” Pack said.Syracuse looked out of sync early. In the 23rd minute, SU forced a pass back down the sideline instead of turning and looking up the field.Later, Natasha Tcheki-Jamgotchian tripped over the ball while trying to make a pass and fell awkwardly on the ground. Assistant coach Kelly Lawrence walked away from the sideline before returning and pointing up the field to get Tcheki-Jamgotchian’s attention.“We struggled a little bit in the first half connecting passes and just playing simple,” Brosnan said.By the time the first half ended, Syracuse was down 1-0 and still looking for its footing.“It takes us 45 minutes to get going,” Wheddon said. “I mean we concede goals in the first half and then in the second half we turn it up a notch. We just can’t wait around for that to happen.”Syracuse was often stuck either forcing the ball into difficult windows up the field or passing it back toward its own goal. Multiple times the sideline shouted and waved to move the ball in the other direction.Pack said Syracuse didn’t play “clean.” Hesitant passes, poor shot selection and soft balls led to turnovers and lack of possession. At halftime, she said the coaches called the execution “inexcusable.”“We challenged them to change it and make things better and connect passes, which I thought they did in the second half,” Wheddon said. “The problem is, you go down one-nil in the first half and you’re chasing the game.”SU’s back line buckled down in the second half. Brosnan came up with two saves and punched away a corner kick in a defensive stand in the 70th minute. And with under 15 minutes remaining, Alana O’Neill slid in to block a Louisville counter attack.Still, it was another slow start that Syracuse couldn’t overcome.“It’s not that we don’t have the ability,” Wheddon said. “It’s just, maybe we need to try something different in the warm-up or give them a pot of coffee or something before they go out in the first half, I don’t know.” Commentslast_img read more