Pope condemns Dhaka ‘slave labour’


first_imgPope Francis spoke out against “only looking to make a profit”Pope Francis has denounced as “slave labour” the conditions of workers caught in a deadly building collapse in Bangladesh last week.More than 400 people are confirmed to have died in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building near the capital, Dhaka.It housed several clothing factories, some supplying Western retailers.At May Day parades in Dhaka, marchers demanded the death penalty for the building’s owner and better conditions for workers.The Pope said he had been shocked by reports that some of the labourers had been paid just 38 euros ($50) a month.“Today in the world this slavery is being committed against something beautiful that God has given us – the capacity to create, to work, to have dignity,” the Pope said at a private Mass. “Not paying a fair wage, not giving a job because you are only looking at balance sheets, only looking to make a profit, that goes against God,” he was quoted as saying by Vatican radio.‘Better safety’At least 410 people are confirmed to have died and more than 140 are missing following the collapse of the eight-storey building a week ago, police and army officials said. Some 2,500 people were injured.It was the country’s worst industrial disaster.More than 30 of those killed, whose bodies have not been identified, were buried in a mass funeral on Wednesday.In Dhaka, an estimated 20,000 people took part in the main May Day march, while separate demonstrations were held in other parts of the capital and elsewhere. “I want the death penalty for the owner of the building,” said one marcher, 18-year-old garment factory worker Mongidul Islam Rana. “We want regular salaries, raises and absolutely we want better safety in our factories.”Others in Dhaka held banners with the words: “Hang the killers, Hang the factory owners.”Speaking at a rally in the industrial township of Narayanganj, the leader of Bangladesh’s main opposition party, Khaleda Zia, alleged that the government was hiding the real casualty figures from the building collapse. She also claimed that if the army had been given control of the rescue operation earlier, more lives could have been saved.The European Union has said it is considering “appropriate action” to encourage improvements in working conditions in Bangladeshi factories.It said its actions might include the use of its trade preference system, which gives Bangladesh duty- and quota-free access to EU markets.Bangladesh’s garment industry makes up almost 80% of the country’s annual exports and provides employment to about four million people.However, it has faced criticism over low pay and limited rights given to workers, and for the often dangerous working conditions in factories.Both Primark, which has a large presence in the UK, and Canadian company Loblaw had clothing made in the Rana Plaza, and have said they will offer aid to victims and their families.Rana Plaza owner Mohammed Sohel Rana, a local leader of the youth wing of the ruling Awami League party, is in police custody.A total of eight people, including factory owners and engineers, have been arrested for alleged negligence.BBC News Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope condemns Dhaka ‘slave labour’ by: – May 1, 2013 Share 68 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Lady Wildcat Linksters Win Over Lady Spartans


first_imgThe Lady Cats finished their dual meet season with an 8-2 record by defeating the Connersville Spartans tonight. Junior, Maggie Brack, was medalist for the meet by shooting a 44.“The team was able to get another win tonight. The course we played was tough but we hung in there and turned in a respectable score. We will use tomorrow to prepare for our 2nd round of our conference tounament on Thursday and Sectionals on Saturday.” Wildcats Coach Marisa Mears.last_img

Preview: Kotoko and Chelsea in ‘title decider’


first_imgIt has been evident for some time that there would be something serious at stake on Sunday as the Glo Premier League reaches the final day with the title destination still undecided.The title charge is dominating the last day of matches as the Ghana league rounds up a long and busy league competition.The final day matches will wrap up a total of 480 matches involving 16 sides with three going on relegation and the title probably heading to Kumasi or Berekum when the curtain is drawn for the 2012-13 season.Asante Kotoko and Berekum Chelsea are involved in the title run-in as both teams remain level on points and are perched at the top of the table.Either side is aware that the last day would decide their seasons as expectation for the title swirls across the country.If either manages to win, then the chase for the title will be prolonged as a play-off rule will be invoked – both teams will play a one-off match – to decide where the trophy heads to. Kotoko will arrive at the Tema Stadium in a buoyant but cautious mood in their meeting against Amidaus Professionals. The Porcupine Warriors are aware what is at stake likewise their opponents, Amidaus, who could play a crucial role in denying Kotoko the title.Whiles Kotoko battle it out in Tema, Chelsea will be up against another tough opposition, Heart of Lions in Kpando.Lions are mired in the relegation battle on the final day and will need a win over title chasers, Chelsea to guarantee safety.Whichever side slips means that the title could be heading the opposite way.Though the focus is on the top-of-the-table meetings, the push for top-four places and the struggle to avoid the drop means there will be drama at all centres. Tema Youth, involved the battle to beat the drop will be looking for a crucial win at the Accra Sports Stadium where they play Hearts of Oak, who are chasing a top-four finish.Berekum Arsenal, sitting second from bottom but with an equal chance of avoiding the drop if they win and Tema Youth and Heart of Lions both lose will turn up at the Essipong Stadium as they serve a home ban to take on Dwarfs, another top-four contender.The Tamale Stadium will serve as the home ground of Aduana Stars, who will complete their two-match home ban after Sunday when they play Wa All Stars.Medeama after blowing the chance to be part of the title chase will try to aim for second place when they complete the season with a home game against New Edubiase at the T&A Park.At the Baba Yara Stadium, King Faisal will host Liberty Professionals. Already relegated, Real Tamale United, who are winless and only this week were ducked three points from their point accumulation to leave them with only 2 points after fielding an unqualified player in a league game will travel to the Len Clay Stadium to play AshantiGold.It promises to a be spectacular finish in yet another competitive season of Premier League football.last_img read more

Dodgers fans react to news that Corey Seager is out for the season


first_imgFan reaction: Where can I donate my elbow to Corey Seager? #Dodgers— DENISE BROWN (@denisebrownLA) April 30, 2018 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error News that Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will eed to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right arm and will be lost for the remainder of the season was met with predictable angst and some despair from Dodgers fans Monday.Some samples:Seager’s reaction from Arizona: Corey Seager SS for LAD out for at least a yr with TJ surgery. Manny in Dodger blue? #inevitable @masnOrioles @Dodgers— Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) April 30, 2018Potential elbow donors:Take my elbow @coreyseager_5 I don’t need it.— Ronnie Bedrosian (@Ronniebedros) April 30, 2018 Where do I sign up to donate my arm to Corey Seager?— Angel G. (@AngelG13_) April 30, 2018Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here. What happens now?last_img read more

O’Conner, Boatright Record Braces in Opener Loss


first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansTJ O’Connor and Nate Boatright each scored twice in the Oly Town Artesians’ 9-6 loss to Tacoma Narrows FC in front of one of the biggest crowds in Artesians history on Saturday night at The Pavilion. Alex Vogt scored a hat trick to lead Narrows to their first victory as a member of the Western Indoor Soccer League.Tacoma struck first when AJ Nitzel found some space and pushed one past Artesians goalkeeper Ryan Perkins just a minute and a half into the game. David Cook answered for Oly just a minute and a half after that, tying the game 1-1 with 11:00 left in the first quarter. Jay Weinman scored the first of his two goals with 1:16 left in the first and Tacoma held a 2-1 lead after the first 15 minutes.Paul Park put Narrows up 3-1 with nine minutes left in the second quarter, but the Artesians rallied for the next two goals, including Nate Boatright’s first at the 7:16 mark and TJ O’Connor’s first with 5:51 left in the quarter to tie it up 3-3. Tacoma answered moments later with a goal by Travis Homestead and another with just 56 seconds left in the half by Alex Vogt to take a 5-3 lead into the break.A defensive third quarter led to just one goal, Boatright’s second, and Tacoma took a 5-4 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Vogt gave them a two goal lead before O’Connor got the Artesians back to within one. But Vogt and Weinman scored the next two goals to give Narrows an 8-5 lead. Christian Segovia scored a power play goal with 1:34 left to make it 8-6 before JC Henson capitalized on a pressing Artesians defense and added the goal that iced the game to give Narrows their first ever WISL win,Perkins and Tacoma keeper Nate Salveson both played fantastic games, making numerous saves and keeping the game competitive for both teams.The Artesians will look for their first win the weekend after Thanksgiving when they play host to the Snohomish Skyhawks on Saturday, December 1st. Kick off at The Pavilion is set for 6:30 p.m. Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more