Protesters March for 3rd Straight Night in NYC

first_imgChants of “No justice, no peace,” “Black lives matter,” and “I can’t breathe” have rang across Manhattan for three straight nights.Protests on Thursday featured the largest number of arrests as demonstrators shut down major roadways, including Broadway, Canal Street and the West Side Highway. Also on Friday, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced that he will impanel a grand jury to look into the fatal police shooting of Akai Gurley, who was shot and killed by a rookie NYPD officer in a dark stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project on Nov. 20. “There is no timetable for the grand jury to be impaneled or for its determination to be reached,” Thompson said in a statement. “I pledge to conduct a full and fair investigation and to give the grand jury all of the information necessary to do its job. That information is still being gathered.” Protesters also reportedly marched through Grand Central Terminal. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Protesters for a third straight night took to the streets of New York City, chanting and staging so-called “die ins” at popular department stores and Grand Central Terminal as they demanded justice for the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner. Similar protests broke out in other cities across America, including Boston, Miami and Washington D.C. Demonstrators began taking to the streets Wednesday following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in Garner’s chokehold death. There have reportedly been more than 300 arrests since the non-indictment protests began, though the demonstrations have been largely peaceful. On Friday, demonstrators staged a “die-in” at the Macy’s department store in Herald Square and the popular Apple store on 5th Avenue. last_img read more

Tourism is sensitive business – labour commissioner

first_imgLocalNews Tourism is sensitive business – labour commissioner by: – March 19, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Labour Commissioner Matthew Leblanc.Labour Commissioner of Dominica, Matthew Leblanc has described the tourism sector as sensitive business which he believes is “indeed critical” to the development of Dominica.Leblanc who was the featured speaker at the 3rd Bi-Annual Meeting of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association last week, deliberated on “Labour Laws and its effects on Tourism Stakeholders”.According to Leblanc, while efforts are being made to promote Dominica’s tourism product, their efforts might be “futile” if stakeholders “do not work together in the creation and sustenance of the enabling environment”.“The tourism association can’t do it alone, we need on board all the hoteliers, restaurant owners, bar attendants, bar men, secretaries, receptionists and the security officers,” he said as everyone must get involved.“We need everyone to be sensitized to be educated and to develop and nurture the culture of a high quality service that we could speak of a product that is unique, that is distinct, that is special and that is superior because those who do it do it in an environment that is healthy, sane, humane and understand the purpose for which they do it”. He also explained the importance of good working conditions and respect for employees which will provide a “decent” environment.“For us at Labour Administration work is a question of human dignity that must be based on conditions of social justice, mutual respect and we believe that decent work will generate decent income for decent persons in decent communities and we will have decent families and a decent country. So it is very important for us to promote labour laws, labour policies and labour regulations and to encourage the strict adherence as much as possible to the law”.Leblanc also noted that employees should be treated as an equal human being although his role is different from that of the employer.“The one who works is also a human being and it is understood and promoted that one who is employed is an equal human being he just has a different role and his role he must conduct and carry out in an atmosphere that is equal. No longer can we consider ourselves as employers as the capitalist as those who have the bank accounts and the business establishment as superior to the worker”.He believes therefore that employers should “partner with the worker, respect the worker, and acknowledge the importance of the result of the work of the worker”.Matthew also noted that employees and employers alike should “honor the work of those who fought so hard to ensure that persons were treated as humans in the workplace”.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share 136 Views   one commentlast_img read more