New York — Farmworkers and their allies completed a five-day “Freedom Fast” organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, on March 15 at the United Nations’ Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. This followed a march of hundreds of protesters in a five-block-long “Time’s Up Wendy’s March.” The demonstration began at the U.N. building and passed by the New York offices of Wendy’s board chairperson and largest shareholder Nelson Peltz.Demonstrators chanted “Boycott Wendy’s!” and “Down, down exploitation! Up, up fair food nation!” Supporters came from as far away as Tennessee, Texas and California to show solidarity with the farmworkers.For five days, the hunger strikers and their supporters camped and rallied outside billionaire Peltz’s Park Avenue hedge fund offices of Trian Partners. A prominent colorful banner read, “We fast because Nelson Peltz won’t use his power to end sexual violence against farmworker women.” Some 103,000 petition signatures were gathered supporting the fast and Wendy’s boycott. Although Peltz’s office accepted only a fraction of the petitions, fasters celebrated, saying this showed the farmworkers’ strength and the company’s weakness.Those fasting and their allies demanded that Wendy’s join the Fair Food Program, set up by the CIW in 2011 in Florida. This established groundbreaking worker protections, including more humane working conditions and fairer wages. Significantly, it includes a no-tolerance policy on sexual harassment and abuse faced by tens of thousands of women immigrants in the tomato fields.Unlike McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast food giants, Wendy’s owners and top officials refuse to join the program. Protesters denounced ongoing wage theft, child labor and other human rights abuses and sexual violence faced by workers in Mexico’s produce industry. Wendy’s currently buys its tomatoes there to avoid having to join the Fair Food Program, recognize workers’ rights and stop abuse of women in the fields.The Coalition of Immokalee Workers website provides background on this important struggle and its Fair Food Program, as well as daily coverage of the Freedom Fast.Kathy Durkin contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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According to the Elysee Palace, a priority of the talks will be to push ahead with a coronavirus recovery fund for Europe which the pair had piloted and was agreed at an EU summit last month.”The international agenda is particularly full,” the French presidency said ahead of the talks which are to be followed by a news conference and a working dinner.It added that Paris and Berlin shared “a high level of convergence” on the issues.The allies will look to coordinate policy on the mass protests in Belarus following President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed re-election win which the opposition had denounced as a fraud. ‘Destabilizing factor’ They will also discuss mounting tensions between Greece and Turkey over disputed Mediterranean waters, with Macron taking a tough line against Ankara. In an interview with Paris Match published earlier Thursday, the French president said his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan was conducting an “expansionist policy that mixes nationalism and Islamism, which is not compatible with European interests”.He also accused Turkey of being a “destabilizing factor”.Germany, for its part, is seeking to mediate between Turkey and Greece in a growing row over gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.Also on this issue, “there is no contradiction on the substance” between Paris and Berlin, said the Elysee.Macron and Merkel last saw each other at a marathon five-day EU summit that ended on July 21 with member states agreeing to a 750-billion-euro ($858-billion) rescue plan for economies left shattered by the coronavirus pandemic.Germany and France strongly backed the package, which enables joint borrowing by the 27 members of the bloc to help virus-hit countries, particularly Spain and Italy.The deal was a special victory for Macron, who came to office in 2017 committed to strengthening the European Union but has struggled to deliver. French President Emmanuel Macron received German Chancellor Angela Merkel at his Mediterranean holiday retreat on Thursday to discuss a long list of burning issues including the coronavirus pandemic, post-election unrest in Belarus and growing tensions with Turkey.The pair have a packed agenda for their meeting at the Fort de Bregancon, with challenges raised by Britain’s departure from the European Union, climate change, the coup d’etat in Mali, and the consequences of the devastating blast in Lebanon also set to loom large.Macron welcomed Merkel for her first-ever visit to the presidential summer residence with a Namaste-style greeting, palms pressed together and bending at the waist, in observance of social-distancing guidelines against coronavirus spread. Topics :
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Mumbai: The RBI has made it mandatory for banks to link all new floating-rate loans for housing, auto and MSMEs to external benchmark like repo from October 1, a move aimed at ensuring faster transmission of policy rate cuts to borrowers. Industry and retail borrowers have been complaining that banks do not pass on the entire RBI’s policy rate (repo rate) reduction to them. In a circular issued on Wednesday, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said it has been observed that due to various reasons, the transmission of policy rate changes to the lending rate of banks under the current marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR) framework has not been satisfactory. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalTherefore, it has now decided to make “it mandatory for banks to link all new floating rate personal or retail loans and floating rate loans to MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) to an external benchmark effective October 1, 2019”, the circular said. In 2019, the Reserve Bank has already reduced the repo or short-term lending rate by 110 basis points, but the banks have reportedly passed on only up to 40 bps to borrowers. The external benchmarks, to which the banks will be required to link their lending rates, could be repo, 3-month or 6-month treasury bill yield, or any other benchmark published by the Financial Benchmarks India Private Ltd (FBIL). Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe banks have also been asked to reset the interest rate under external benchmark at least once in three months. “In order to ensure transparency, standardisation, and ease of understanding of loan products by borrowers, a bank must adopt a uniform external benchmark within a loan category; in other words, the adoption of multiple benchmarks by the same bank is not allowed within a loan category,” the RBI added. The circular further said while the banks are free to decide the spread over the external benchmark, the credit risk premium “may undergo change only” when borrower’s credit assessment undergoes a substantial change. Further, other components of spread including operating cost could be altered once in three years. Existing loans and credit limits linked to the MCLR/Base Rate/BPLR shall continue till repayment or renewal, as the case may be. The decision of the RBI assumes significance amid clamour for reducing borrowing cost to push consumer demand, which is one of the major reasons for slowdown in the economy. High frequency indicators like significant drop in auto sales and other consumer non-durable are pointing towards demand slowdown. The government has announced a slew of measures like liquidity support to the NBFC sector to further push credit disbursal. The RBI had earlier asked the banks to link the rates to extrernal benchmark from April 1, but it was deferred as the lenders wanted more time. The State Bank of India had become the first bank to link its certain loans to repo. Later, a host of other banks too started linking their loan products to repo or other external benchmarks. In August 2017, the RBI had constituted an Internal Study Group (ISG) to examine the working of the MCLR system that was put in place in April 2016. The ISG had recommended the move over to an external benchmark based lending rate system.
Juventus and AC Milan will face off on January 16 in the Saudi city of Jeddah, but Amnesty International has condemned the decision.For the 10th time in history, the Italian Supercoppa will be played outside Italy.On January 16th, Juventus and AC Milan will face off in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.But the decision by the Italian Lega Serie A has been met with opposition, especially from Amnesty International, after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the treatment of women.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Until last year, women were not allowed to attend any sporting event whatsoever,” Serie A president Gaetano Micciche told ESPN.“A few months on they have access to many sections within a stadium.”“We are working to ensure that the next time we host a tournament there, women will be able to sit wherever they like,” he added.“Women will be allowed to enter the stadium alone and without a chaperone, as had been erroneously reported by those who want to exploit the topic.”