.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........DEVELOPING... Story will be updated as new information can be verified. Updated 6 times AlertMeDETROIT — The signature domestic proposal by the leading progressive candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination came under withering attack from moderates in a debate that laid bare the struggle between a call for revolutionary policies and a desperate desire to defeat President Donald Trump.Standing side by side at center stage on Tuesday, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren slapped back against their more cautious rivals who ridiculed “Medicare for All” and warned that “wish-list economics” would jeopardize Democrats’ chances for taking the White House in 2020.“I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for … [Read more...] about Sanders, Warren fight with moderates over ‘Medicare for All’
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Burmese Muslims: Still looking for a permanent home!They are thought to be the world’s most persecuted refugees. It is also argued that they are one of the most forgotten too. Some five year ago I saw and met hundreds of inmates from Burma in a Jeddah prison. Thousands of Burmese Muslims from Arakan — often called Rohingyas — were offered a safe haven in Saudi Arabia by King Faisal but with the change in rulers in Saudi Arabia the rules underwent a change too. A permanent abode of peace that was offered to these uprooted Arakanese is now nothing less than a chamber of horrors. There are some 3,000 families of Burmese Muslims in Makkah and Jeddah prisons awaiting their deportation. Women and children are held in separate prisons nearby. The only contact the men have with their wives and children is through mobile phones and clandestine courier service provided by hawkers of food and water — aided and abetted by the prison officers for a small fee! But the … [Read more...] about Burmese Muslims: Still looking for a permanent home!
‘More infra investments needed for PH regions’To spur economic growth in other regions of the country, economists recently called on the government to boost investments in its critical infrastructures. Doing so would pave the way for new economic hubs outside of the national capital region (NCR), research firm IHS Markit said. The firm made the statement after the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said last week economic growth in the NCR including Metro Manila lost pace in 2018. The region, however, still contributed the largest to the country’s economy, it added. Data released by the agency said the NCR had the largest share of gross domestic product (GDP) at 36 percent, but its growth slowed to 4.8 percent from 6.2 percent in 2017. “The latest data highlights the importance for national economic and industrial policies to foster the economic development of other regions, in order to create new hubs for economic growth and reduce the overall dependence of … [Read more...] about ‘More infra investments needed for PH regions’
Maternity leave law a lesson in maturity for PH businessesTHE newly enacted Expanded Maternity Leave Law has caused some consternation among Philippine businesses, or so we are being told by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP). According to PCCI President Alegria Limjoco, businesses are worried the new law will increase costs and lead to losses in productivity. Under the measure, female employees are entitled to 105 days of paid maternity leave. Limjoco pointed out that businesses were already under pressure due to the high number of paid holidays (there are 19 scheduled for this year), and that hiring and training temporary employees to fill in for mothers away on leave would simply add to the burden.Some businesses, such as “garments, beauty products, etc. need to hire women,” Limjoco said, implying that these would be hardest hit by the new law. The conclusions about employers’ sentiments … [Read more...] about Maternity leave law a lesson in maturity for PH businesses
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Max Reyes Globe Correspondent March 22, 2019 Boston fire commissioner Joseph Finn will be honored by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council for his work to reduce cancer rates among firefighters.Finn will receive the first-ever State of Possible award issued by the trade group, at its annual conference on Wednesday. MassBio says the award — to be given out annually – recognizes someone who has contributed to the wellbeing of the state. MassBio CEO Robert Coughlin said he reached out to Finn after seeing a news report about heightened cancer rates among firefighters. Coughlin said he was impressed by the steps Finn had taken to combat that trend. Advertisement “I met a person who was willing to fight for the men and women of his department like I’ve never seen,” Coughlin said. Get Today's Headlines in your inbox: The day's … [Read more...] about MassBio to honor Boston fire commissioner Finn for efforts to reduce cancer rates