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Ensuring seniors in long-term care live with dignity and respect | CUPE

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jun 06, 2018 09:36 AM
"For-profit long-term care homes are more expensive, have lower staffing levels, deliver poorer quality of care, and don’t reinvest profits in facility improvements. This is a concern given that the number of for-profit homes is on the rise. Residents are entering long-term care frailer and with more complex conditions. Care needs are higher, yet homes are chronically understaffed. More staffing is needed to deliver the care that residents deserve and to prevent workplace injuries and violence."

Argentina cancels Israel World Cup friendly after Gaza violence | BBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jun 06, 2018 08:55 AM
"The news was met with cheers in Gaza, where at least 120 Palestinians were killed and thousands more injured by Israeli forces during recent protests. In Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Football Association issued a statement thanking Argentina striker Lionel Messi and his teammates. "What happened... is a red card from the rest of the world to Israelis," the association's president, Jibril Rajoub, told a news conference on Wednesday."

Grenfell Tower inqury: kitchen fire resident ‘did nothing wrong’ | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jun 06, 2018 08:49 AM
"Behailu Kebede, who is originally from Ethiopia and had lived in the tower for 25 years, was woken by a fire alarm. He immediately got up to find smoke coming from behind his Hotpoint fridge freezer. He did not see any flames. “He grabbed his mobile phone and called 999,” said Menon. He had to ring several times before connecting to an operator. At the same time he banged on all his neighbours’ doors on the fourth floor, shouting that there was a fire. “He left the flat barefoot, without his flat or car keys.” ... Stereotypes surrounding council housing should not be reinforced by the inquiry, Thomas stressed. Those who live there were “not helpless, they were just not helped”.

Brands including Ikea shun new safety accord after Rana Plaza disaster | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jun 06, 2018 08:45 AM
"The accord expired on Thursday, and another similar agreement, the Alliance for Worker Safety, will run out at the end of the year. Under both, factory owners were made to improve the structural and fire safety of their buildings in order to keep supplying to major western brands. So far about 176 of the 220 companies in the Accord have signed its extension including H&M, Zara and Primark. But the shortfall means about 250 factories supplying to western brands would no longer be monitored under the scheme, according to Rob Wayss, the executive director of the Accord. ... Worker fatalities have fallen dramatically and more than 100,000 identified safety issues have been resolved in the past five years under the accord and alliance. But their expiration this year signals a new, more uncertain phase for efforts to improve conditions in Bangladesh’s garment factories."

Iraqi Communist Party Headquarters Suffers Bomb Attack | teleSUR

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified May 26, 2018 08:18 AM
"The Baghdad headquarters of the Iraqi Communist Party, which is part of the Sairoon alliance that won Iraq's parliamentary election, was targeted by a homemade bomb attack Friday. The explosive devices were thrown into the building's gardens, but did not cause any casualties. A senior party member, Jassim Helfi, said that the attack was a message from those who opposed the Sairoon bloc's push to end corruption and foreign interference in the country. “We reject all but a diplomatic U.S. presence in Iraq. We will not let our country become a staging area for attacking our neighbors,” Sairoon spokesperson Ziya al-Asad said this week. A political alliance led by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, the Sairoon alliance scored an electoral victory earlier this month on a platform of expanding public services, rejecting foreign interference, and tackling corruption."
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