New York blasts Amazon for firing employee during COVID-19 emergency

first_imgAmazon didn’t immediately comment on the letter. The unions also called for independent monitors to investigate whether Amazon facilities adhered to guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for social distancing during the pandemic.As coronavirus cases pop up in Amazon’s 800,000-strong workforce, some employees in warehouses across the country have expressed concerns about the company’s commitment to their safety. Workers at sites in Chicago and near Detroit walked off the job after the Staten Island protest.Amazon has said it ramped up cleaning in its facilities and is sending home, with pay, people diagnosed with Covid-19 and those who they came into close contact with. It has also temporarily boosted wages and overtime payments, and said employees can take unpaid time off without penalty through the end of April.The firing of Smalls had already drawn responses from other New York officials. On Monday, New York State Attorney General Letitia James said her office is “considering all legal options” in response to the termination, which she called “immoral and inhumane,” and is urging the National Labor Relations Board to investigate. On Tuesday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he had ordered the city’s Commission on Human Rights to “investigate Amazon immediately” to determine if Smalls was retaliated against.The AFL-CIO is the main US labor federation, with 55 unions that together represent 12.5 million people. The letter is also signed by presidents of five of the largest US unions, including the Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union.Those two unions, which aren’t part of the AFL-CIO, together represent about 3 million more workers. The document is a sign of union leaders’ increasing focus on Amazon as a key target and reflects greater cooperation within the labor movement as they take on the behemoth firm.Amazon and labor groups have a frosty relationship. The retailer has managed to avoid organized labor in its ranks in the US, even as it grew into the country’s second-largest private employer in the US. A similar group of unions in February asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon’s market power. Amazon.com’s firing of a walkout organizer has spurred criticism and calls for reinstatement by the largest labor groups in the US. Labor leaders and dozens of New York state and city elected officials urged Amazon to reinstate Chris Smalls, the leader of a walkout Monday over health and safety conditions at the company’s Staten Island, New York warehouse.Smalls was fired after the protest, in which workers asked Amazon to close the facility for cleaning after cases of Covid-19 were confirmed within its ranks. Amazon said Smalls was dismissed for violating a company-ordered quarantine after coming into contact with someone infected with the disease. Smalls said he was fired for his activism.“We write to you today shocked at reports that Amazon warehouses are not practicing the protocols necessary to protect the well-being of your workers and of the public,” said the letter, addressed to Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos and other executives, and signed by the leaders of the AFL-CIO, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, among others.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Britain, France agree joint unit to fight migrant traffickers

first_imgThe interior ministers of France and Britain on Sunday signed an agreement creating a new joint police intelligence unit to combat migrant traffickers and reduce the “unsustainable” numbers crossing the Channel illegally. France’s new Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and his British counterpart Priti Patel met on Sunday in Calais in northern France, a region where migrants have traditionally gathered in a bid to find a way to get to Britain.”We signed a new agreement to create a joint intelligence cell which will crack down on gangs behind vile people smuggling operation,” Patel wrote on Twitter after the meeting. “Together, we must strengthen our security cooperation, in particular in fight against the illegal crossings of the English Channel by migrants risking their lives,” Darmanin wrote on Twitter as he hosted Patel.In 2019, 2,758 migrants were rescued by the French and British authorities while trying to make the crossing — four times more than in 2018, according to French officials.The coronavirus pandemic has reinforced the trend, with the reduced number of trucks going through the Channel Tunnel leading migrants to opt for small boats instead. French emergency services rescued 21 migrants in three operations on Saturday after their bids to reach Britain floundered in the Channel, officials said.Darmanin said he had told Patel that more resources were needed to combat the migrant trafficking.”The British government has done a lot to protect the coast but we still need more resources both in terms of equipment and human resources.” Topics :center_img She said they had discussed “the unsustainable levels of illegal migration across the Channel.”The Franco-British unit will allow services to share intelligence quickly and will consist of six British and six French police officers based in Coquelles outside Calais, Darmanin told reporters.Traffickers “are those who take advantage of the human distress of people who want to cross the English Channel and who, no doubt, are not being punished sufficiently at the moment,” said Darmanin.Channel crossing attempts have increased over the last year despite the danger of heavy maritime traffic, strong currents and low water temperatures.last_img read more

US LNG exports edge up as first cargo heads for Israel

first_imgImage courtesy of CheniereLiquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the United States increased during the week that ended May 17, the Energy Information Administration said in its weekly natural gas report.Seven LNG vessels, with a total carrying capacity of 25.8 Bcf departed the two exporting facilities in the United States, compared to six LNG carriers that were dispatched the week before.EIA notes that six cargoes were dispatched from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG facility while the remaining cargo was loaded at Dominion’s Cove Point LNG plant.EIA adds that the first U.S. LNG cargo was dispatched to Israel onboard the British Diamond LNG carrier capable of transporting 155,000 cubic meters of the chilled fuel.According to the AIS data provided by Vesselsvalue, the vessel is currently off the east coast of Morocco and is scheduled to arrive at the Hadera Deepwater LNG terminal operated by Israel Natural Gas Lines (INGL).The natural gas feedstock to both of the terminals averaged 3.5 Bcf/d during the report week as compared to 3.3 Bcf/d last week, the report said.last_img read more

Fantasy Injury Updates: A.J. Green, Stefon Diggs, Sammy Watkins, affecting Week 13 start ’em, sit ’em calls

first_imgMORE WEEK 13 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderKeke Coutee injury newsCoutee once again aggravated a hamstring injury that has bothered him all season last week against the Titans. However, according to Aaron Reiss of The Athletic, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said that Coutee was “trending toward” being able to playing against the Browns in Week 13. That’s a good sign for his availability, but it’s still tough to recommend trusting him.At this point in the season, Coutee just hasn’t been able to stay on the field because of his consistent issues with his hamstring. He still has upside as a WR3 — and maybe even better in PPR formats — but if you have a healthier option, it may be best to avoid using Coutee until we see him closer to 100 percent. Week 13 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerIs A.J. Green playing Week 13?While there was some hope that Green could return to action last week, it looks almost certain that he will suit up this week. According to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, Green participated in practice on Wednesday and said that he was “back to play.” That means that Green should be active for the first time since hurting his toe in Week 8.The return of Green will push Tyler Boyd back to his normal role as the No. 2 receiver, and frankly, that should afford the passing attack a chance to succeed with John Ross establishing himself as the No. 3 receiver. In fantasy terms, both Green and Boyd can be started moving forward, though a tougher matchup against the Broncos in Week 13 will put a damper on their respective potentials — especially with Jeff Driskel at QB. For more on their standings this week, check out our Week 13 fantasy WR rankings.WEEK 13 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsStefon Diggs injury updateUPDATE: Diggs sat out of Thursday’s practice as well. He will need to get on the field in some capacity on Friday to have a realistic chance of playing this week against the Patriots.According to the Vikings official injury report, Diggs missed practice on Wednesday with a knee injury. He didn’t show any signs of an injury against the Packers last Sunday night, so it’s possible that Diggs could just have a day off as maintenance. That does happen quite a bit at this point in the season, but Diggs’ status should still be monitored, just in case he did suffer an injury that flew under the radar.We’re still expecting Diggs to play this week, as the Vikings are in a race for a playoff berth in the NFC and have a tough matchup against the Patriots. For that reason, he’ll remain in our WR rankings for Week 13.WEEK 13 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsIs Sammy Watkins playing Week 13?UPDATE: Watkins missed practice again on Thursday. His chances of playing against the Raiders aren’t look good as a result.According to Nate Taylor of The Athletic, Watkins sat out practice on Wednesday with a right foot injury. This is a discouraging development, as Watkins was expected to be closer to full strength after having a bye week to rest his troublesome foot. Perhaps this is just extra maintenance and the team is playing it safe, but it’s still a bit disappointing not to see him back on the field.Watkins’ status for Week 13 will depend on whether or not he can get on the field later in the week. If he can’t, Chris Conley will be elevated instantly to WR3/FLEX territory in an easy matchup against the Raiders. Definitely consider adding Conley as a streamer if Watkins’ outlook doesn’t improve in the coming days.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver |  Tight endDoug Baldwin injury newsBaldwin missed Seahawks practice on Wednesday with a groin issue that has been plaguing him for the past couple of weeks. Despite the non-participant status on Wednesday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reported that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said Baldwin “feels really good.” So, in all likelihood, Wednesday was a planned rest day for the nicked-up veteran.If Baldwin’s status does regress at any point in the week, we’ll have an update for you. But for now, it seems that he is on track to take on the 49ers in Week 13 in what should be a solid matchup for the veteran receiver. MORE WEEK 13: Waiver wire pickups | RB handcuff chartDevin Funchess injury updateAfter missing practice on Wednesday, Funchess returned to practice for the Panthers on Thursday, according to Max Henson of Panthers.com. That’s an improvement for Funchess after he missed all of last week with a back injury. So, it’s looking like he will have at least a chance to play on Sunday against the Bucs.If Funchess can get on the field, he will have a chance to take advantage of a good matchup against the Buccaneers, who have struggled to cover receivers in recent weeks. Of course, it’s possible that Funchess will remain the No. 2 receiver for the Panthers, as D.J. Moore appears to be the top dog in Carolina now, but even still, Funchess should produce WR3 numbers in a favorable matchup. Is A.J. Green playing in Week 13? What about Sammy Watkins? And what’s going on with Stefon Diggs and Doug Baldwin? They both missed practices this week and may be questionable for games this week. There are a lot of injuries at the WR position that will have an impact on fantasy football rankings and start ’em, sit ’em decisions in Week 13, so fantasy owners will have to check for updates and understand the full extent of all these maladies.We’ll continue to provide updates on the latest injury news until this weekend’s kickoffs. For more on banged-up RBs like Melvin Gordon, Kerryon Johnson, Gus Edwards and more, go here; and for more on injured TEs and QBs, including Evan Engram and Mitchell Trubisky, check here. Follow us on Twitter (@SN_Fantasy) for more updates and fantasy football advice.last_img read more

Charging Liverpool challenge Man City to prove their greatness

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | “I start to read and then I start to think ‘Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp’ and I cannot focus,” said Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola last month, admitting Liverpool’s charge to depose the Premier League champions has been in his head for some time.But in their very first game of 2019, City already find themselves in must-win territory to haul Liverpool back into view by inflicting the leaders’ first defeat of the season and cutting a seven-point lead to four at the Etihad on Thursday.“With the position of Liverpool, if we drop points then it is over, it is finished; it would be almost impossible,” said Guardiola after Sunday’s 3-1 win at Southampton.Guardiola’s obsession with Liverpool and Klopp in particular is not surprising. For a serial winner, no side and no manager has caused the Catalan as many problems as the German.City have won just one of seven meetings since Guardiola joined Klopp in England after locking horns in charge of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.A shock run of three defeats in four Premier League games in December has left City playing catch up to a Liverpool side eyeing history by ending a 29-year wait to win the league.But even when seemingly no one else could stop City as they stormed to the title with a record 100 points last season, Klopp’s men were a constant menace.– ‘They scare me’ –Last January, it was City who were on course to equal Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-04 until they went to Anfield in January and were blown away by a three-goal salvo in nine second-half minutes to lose 4-3 despite a late rally. In the documentary “All Or Nothing” which chronicled City’s title triumph, Guardiola is seen admitting to his coaching staff ahead of returning to Anfield for the Champions League quarter-final, first leg: “They scare me. They’re dangerous, I mean it.”It takes a lot to frighten a coach who has won 24 trophies in three different countries, but Guardiola’s fears were realised as another Liverpool blitz secured a 3-0 win.Six days later, Liverpool won again at the Etihad, withstanding a City onslaught for 45 minutes to take control in the second period once Guardiola had lost his cool and been sent to the stands.Now Liverpool have extended that ability for short destructive bursts into a title challenge for the long haul.The addition of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker and a first full season with the world’s most expensive defender Virgil van Dijk has seen Klopp’s men concede just eight times in 20 Premier League games.And after a slow start, the prolific front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane that terrorised City last season are beginning to hit top form once more.All three scored in the same Premier League game for the first time this season on Saturday as Arsenal were blown away 5-1 at Anfield.“Unfortunately we lost two (games) and have a rival that is the best team in Europe or in the world in top form like Liverpool,” added Guardiola.“That’s why it is a challenge for us next Thursday to try and win there to try and sustain this position as long as possible to arrive at the end of the season fighting for the title.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Robert Lewandowski produces insane first touch to emulate Bundesliga logo in Bayern Munich’s dominant…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Bundesliga/Hupu SportsAdvertisement hqv5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa4nWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) azWould you ever consider trying this?😱2cmh36aCan your students do this? 🌚gtmRoller skating! Powered by Firework Notice the Bundesliga logo. A player jumping high with one leg stretched ahead to reach the ball. To perform such a stalwart move requires monumental physical fitness. However, at the age of 31, its a piece of cake for Robert Lewandowski.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Bundesliga/Hupu SportsAfter opening up the scoreline in the 17th minute in yesterday’s Der Klassiker, Lewandowski performed an astounding acrobatic manoeuvre to keep the ball from going out of play, and it is strikingly similar to the Bundesliga monogram.The stunt has taken all the attention all around social media, with praises from supporters and media outlets.Advertisement The Bayern forward has been in tremendous form this season. Successfully finding the net in every single fixture of FC Hollywood in this season with 16 goals in 11 domestic league matches and 6 in Champions League, the Polish international has a total tally of 22 goals as of now in the 2019-20 spell.Bayern, who are currently managed under interim head coach Hans-Dieter Flick following the sack of Niko Kovac last week, converted their single goal lead into 2-0 thanks to Serge Gnabry in the 47th minute. Following Lewandowski’s second strike in the 76th minute, Dortmund’s final concession came in the form of an own goal from Hats Hummels, just 10 minutes prior to the final whistle.Advertisement With 21 points on part with RB Leipzig, Bayern are now 3rd in the league table, trailing 4 points behind leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach. Advertisementlast_img read more