Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, May 17.Even though there have been many general strikes in Greece in the past 10 years, the one on May 17 stands out as one of the most successful. Some workers, like the sailors who run the ferries, struck the day before, the day of and took their time going back to work the day after.Relying on its parliamentary majority, the Syriza government rammed through a harsh, draconian austerity program May 18. This meant Syriza’s act contradicted its electoral platform of 2013, which reads: “From the very beginning, the government’s task was to end the extreme austerity policy in Greece.” (tinyurl.com/pnjfc8r)Greece’s economy has shrunk 27 percent since 2010, mainly under the impact of austerity measures imposed by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Overall unemployment is at 23.5 percent and youth unemployment is nearly 50 percent.According to the organization diaNEOsis, nearly 1.5 million Greeks — 15 percent of the population — currently live in “extreme poverty,” with just enough income to survive, which means pay for food and shelter. (tinyurl.com/lqob84y)PAME, the All Workers Militant Front, which is closely associated with the Greek Communist Party (KKE), was very active in getting its members and supporters out to demonstrations that reinforced the strike on May 17. According to the French newspaper Le Monde, 12,000 people came out in Athens, 8,000 from PAME.According to photos on the PAME website, there were marches in Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Larisa, Giannena, Chania, Volos, Agrinio, Karditsa and Rodos — basically all over Greece, including islands in the Aegean, as well as in its two largest cities.Speaking in Athens, General Secretary of the KKE Dimitris Koutsoumpas said, “The class war is now in progress, it is a marathon, not a rifle shot in the air. The class war must be a daily and continuous one. The harsh anti-people measures, the Fourth memorandum along with the previous memorandums must be thrown in the dustbin of history and the only ones who have the authority to do this are the Greek people, the labor-people’s movement.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Ocean City School District will be open Monday, March 16 with an early dismissal for students. The district will be closed to students as directed by the Cape May County Health Department beginning March 17 up until Monday, March 30.Details about the closing are included in the following two letters written by Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor and the Cape May County Health Department: Dear School Community:The health, safety, and welfare of our students, families, and community are at the forefront of this decision-making as we continue to respond to this current health emergency.The closure is a non-pharmaceutical intervention (social distancing). Our school is and continues to be clean and safe for our students.We have had ongoing communication with the New Jersey Departments of Health and Education as well as closely monitored the press conference held by Governor Murphy on Friday, March 13, 2020.In addition, we have contacted and consulted with the Cape May County Department of Health regarding the effects and impact of COVID-19 in our County and communities.Even though at this time, there are no confirmed cases in Cape May County, we are acting with an abundance of caution to address the spread of COVID-19 and to help protect and support our students, families, and communities during this national emergency.Please, rest assured, that this decision was not taken lightly, and we understand the impact this has on families, which is why the Cape May County School Districts have come together to close our schools starting Tuesday, March 17.Students and parents have received and will continue to receive more information about our plans for remote instructional continuity and food distribution for eligible families in our food service programs, as mandated by the NJDOE.We will continue to monitor the information available and any details that may require a longer closure if recommended.We will coordinate with our community throughout the closure and will provide updates and information specific to the firm date for the School District’s reopening.Please be sure to check our website for updates and please logon to your PowerSchool account for additional information regarding your child’s academic program and progress.If your child leaves an item in school and needs to be retrieved during closure, please email the principal of your child’s school or call that school’s main office and leave a message. The school will coordinator with you for item retrieval.We care deeply about our school community. Although a difficult decision to close school, we are coordinating with the City of Ocean City and Cape May County Health Department to act in the best interests of our children and community.Sincerely,Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen TaylorJOINT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND SCHOOL DISTRICT RESPONSEThe health, safety and welfare of Cape May County’s students, families, and communities are at the forefront of our decision-making as we continue to respond to this current health emergency.We have contacted and consulted with the New Jersey Department of Health, and the President of Cape May County Association of School Administrators regarding the effects and impact of COVID-19 in our County and communities.As a result, the following decision is made out of an abundance of caution to address the spread of COVID-19 and to help protect and support our students, families, and communities during this National Emergency,The School Districts of Cape May County are closing for students for 14 calendar days beginning Tuesday. March 17 until Monday, March 30.We continue to monitor the information available and any details that may require a longer closure than currently planned.We will coordinate with our communities throughout the closure and will provide updates and information specific to the firm date for schools reopening.Please be sure to check with your districts’ websites, social media feeds, and community outreach platforms for additional details.Please rest assured that this decision was not taken tightly, and we understand the impact this has on families which is why our Districts have come together to issue this joint statement regarding closing our schools.According to the school superintendents, students and parents will continue to receive more information about individual district plans for instructional continuity and food distribution for eligible families in our food service programs, as mandated by the NJDOE.Again, the purpose of c!osing schools is to decrease contact among children, to minimize their risk of getting sick and to limit the spread of infection.Although a difficult decision, it is the best decision for our children, staff, and communities, The Heath Department will keep school officials updated as the situation changes. Students will have virtual classes Monday.
“They’re still fighting the same things they were 40 years ago,” says Status of Women Council President Heather Micha. “The pay equity, definitely the childcare being affordable. It’s just ridiculous as a woman trying to advance in the community or on your own.” The State of Women Council joined the city of Binghamton to raise the flag, honoring the contributions made by women throughout history. The status of women council raises the flag over the city hall every year. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A special flag flew over Binghamton Monday as the city begins to celebrate Women’s History Month. Leaders with the Status of Women Council say they hope the flag inspires all to reflect on the many women who’ve struggled to get ahead. The flag will fly throughout March.