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The Biden administration on Wednesday asked Mexico to examine alleged labor rights violations at a General Motors pickup truck factory in Mexico, a move that could lead to tariffs on some of GM's most profitable vehicles under the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said that her agency and the U.S. Department of Labor have received "information appearing to indicate serious violations" of worker rights in an April union contract vote at GM's Silao factory in central Mexico.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Rockets streamed out of Gaza and Israel pounded the territory with airstrikes early Wednesday as the most severe outbreak of violence since the 2014 war took on many hallmarks of that devastating 50-day conflict, with no endgame in sight. Gaza's Hamas rulers and other militant groups have fired barrages of hundreds of rockets that at times have overwhelmed Israel's missile defenses, causing air raid sirens and explosions to echo across Tel Aviv, Israel's biggest metropolitan area, and other cities. Israeli airstrikes have leveled two apartment towers in the Gaza Strip, where 2 million Palestinians have lived under a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas took power in 2007. Warning shots have allowed civilians to evacuate the buildings, but the material losses will be immense. Israel faced heavy criticism over the tactic during the 2014 war. Just after daybreak Wednesday, Israel unleashed dozens of airstrikes in the course of a few minutes, targeting police and security installations, witnesses said. A wall of dark gray smoke rose over Gaza City. The Hamas-run Interior Ministry said airstrikes destroyed the central police headquarters in Gaza City, a compound with several buildings. The death toll in Gaza rose to 43 Palestinians, including 13 children and three women, according to the Health Ministry. Nearly 300 people have been wounded. Five Israelis, including three women and a child, were killed by rocket fire Tuesday and early Wednesday, and dozens of people were wounded. On Wednesday, Gaza militants fired an anti-tank missile across the border, killing an Israeli and wounding two others, who were evacuated under fire, according to Eli Bein, head of the Magen David Adom emergency service. It was not immediately clear if they were soldiers or civilians. The Israeli military said militants have fired more 1,050 rockets since the conflict began, with 200 of them falling short and landing inside Gaza. The military said it also shot down a drone that entered Israel from Gaza. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said two infantry brigades were sent to the area, indicating preparations for a possible ground invasion. Samah Haboub, a mother of four in Gaza, said she was thrown across her bedroom in a “moment of horror” by an airstrike on an apartment tower next door. She and her children, aged 3 to 14, ran down the stairway of their apartment block along with other residents, many of them screaming and crying. “There is almost no safe place in Gaza," she said. The destruction of apartment towers was among several tactics used during the 2014 war that are now the subject of an investigation by the International Criminal Court into possible war crimes. Israel is not a member of the court and has rejected the probe. In a brief statement, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she had noted “with great concern” the escalation of violence in the region and “the possible commission of crimes under the Rome Statute” that established the court. Conricus said Israeli forces have strict rules of engagement and follow international laws on armed conflict. “We are definitely very mindful of civilian casualties in Gaza and we want to minimize them,” he said. "That’s the priority.” The latest eruption of violence began a month ago in Jerusalem, where heavy-handed police tactics during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers ignited protests and clashes with police. A focal point was the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a site sacred to Jews and Muslims. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza from rival Palestinian forces in 2007. The conflicts ended after regional and international powers convinced both sides to accept an informal truce. While the violence has been widely condemned, there is no sign that either side is willing to back down. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to expand the offensive, saying “this will take time." Still, diplomats are seeking to intervene, with Qatar, Egypt and the United Nations working to deliver a cease-fire. The U.N. Security Council also planned to hold its second closed emergency meeting in three days Wednesday on the escalating violence. Council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions have been private, said the U.N.’s most powerful body did not issue a statement because of U.S. concerns that it could escalate tensions. The unrest in Jerusalem has spread across Israel itself, with an outbreak of communal violence in mixed Jewish-Arab communities, as Hamas has called for a full-scale Palestinian intifada, or uprising. The last such uprising also began with violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in 2000, and lasted more than five years. In the Israeli city of Lod, a 52-year-old man and his 16-year-old daughter were killed early Wednesday when a rocket had landed in the courtyard of their one-story home. Their car parked outside was wrecked and the interior of the house was filled by debris. The deceased were reportedly Arab citizens of Israel. Lod also saw heavy clashes after thousands of mourners joined a funeral for an Arab man who was killed the previous night, the suspect a Jewish gunman. The crowd fought with police, and set a synagogue and some 30 vehicles, including a police car, on fire, Israeli media reported. Paramedics said a 56-year-old man was seriously hurt after his car was pelted with stones. “An intifada erupted in Lod, you have to bring in the army,” the city’s mayor, Yair Revivo, said. Authorities have declared a state of emergency and ordered the redeployment of nine paramilitary border police companies from the occupied West Bank as reinforcements. In neighboring Ramle, ultra-nationalist Jewish demonstrators were filmed attacking cars belonging to Arabs. In the northern port town of Acre, protesters torched a Jewish-owned restaurant and hotel. Police said they arrested more than 150 people involved in “disturbances and riots” overnight in northern and central Israel. Confrontations erupted last weekend at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which is the third-holiest site in Islam and the holiest site in Judaism. Over four days, Israeli police fired tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians in the compound who hurled stones and chairs at the forces. At times, police fired stun grenades into the carpeted mosque. On Monday evening, Hamas began firing rockets from Gaza. From there on, the escalation was rapid. In a televised address, Hamas’ exiled leader, Ismail Haniyeh, said Israel bore responsibility. “It’s the Israeli occupation that set Jerusalem on fire, and the flames reached Gaza,” he said. Hamas has not commented on Israel's claims that it has killed a number of senior militants. Militant group Islamic Jihad confirmed that three senior commanders were killed in a strike on their hideout in a Gaza City apartment building. The Israeli military on Wednesday released footage of an airstrike on what it said was the house of Salih Dahman, a “high-ranking operative" in Hamas, where weapons were stored. Earlier, the military said it struck a building where Hassan Qahwaji and Wael Issa, two senior members of Hamas' military intelligence wing, were present. Hamas activists tweeted that the two were killed in the strike in Gaza City, along with a woman and her son. Netanyahu said Israel had attacked hundreds of targets. The fiercest attack was a set of airstrikes that brought down an entire 12-story building. The building housed important Hamas offices, as well as a gym and some start-up businesses. Israel fired a series of warning shots before demolishing the building, allowing people to flee and there were no casualties. Israeli aircraft heavily damaged another Gaza City building early Wednesday. The nine-story structure housed residential apartments, medical companies and a dental clinic. A drone fired five warning rockets before the bombing. Israel said the building housed Hamas intelligence offices and the group’s command responsible for planning attacks on Israeli targets in the occupied West Bank. Fighter jets struck the building again after journalists and rescuers had gathered around. There was no immediate word on casualties. The high-rise stood 200 meters (650 feet) away from the Associated Press bureau in Gaza City, and smoke and debris reached the office. Soon after the bombing, Hamas announced that it would resume its attacks, and fired 100 rockets at the Israeli desert town of Beersheba. Hamas said the renewed barrage was in response to the strike on the building. ___ Krauss reported from Jerusalem. Associated Press writer Karin Laub in the West Bank contributed. Fares Akram And Joseph Krauss, The Associated Press
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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president on Wednesday sought to reassure the public that the government is capable of withstanding a further outbreak of COVID -19 after 16 local cases were detected. The exact origins of the cases have not yet been discovered. “The challenge at this moment is still severe. Please be alert and follow the guidelines," President Tsai Yin-wen said in televised remarks. She called on people not to panic. Tsai said medical supplies were sufficient and vaccines would continue to be distributed. Taiwan had virtually eradicated domestic transmission of the coronavirus through strict mask wearing, case tracing, travel restrictions and quarantine measures. It has counted 1,210 confirmed cases to date, with the vast majority imported. Announcing the increase in cases at the Legislature on Wednesday afternoon, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung said the latest outbreak was "not a joke.” The island on Tuesday raised its emergency preparedness, banning indoor events with more than 100 people and outdoor events with more than 500 until early June. Stricter measures could be imposed if cases continued to rise and outlets found in violation would be fined, Chen said. Five of the cases were discovered in a gaming cafe in Yilan county on Taiwan’s eastern coast. Another was found in New Taipei City, just outside the capital. None of the cases had any history of international travel. Health authorities are doing contact tracing to determine the source of the infection. A seventh infected person was already in quarantine and had been in contact with a cluster discovered in recent weeks linked to pilots working for Taiwan’s China Airlines. Over 30 cases have been identified. The Associated Press
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Belonging to LGBTQI communities is often synonymous with discrimination, ostracism, threats, harassment, physical or sexual violence, imprisonment at times, and even murder. Given the key role played by the media, the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation is publishing a guide for the benefit of journalists, How to address sexual and gender diversity in the media?, in order to support them when reporting on the realities of LGBTQI communities. This guide was developed by the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation in partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO).
New Free E-Book — “Bringing Resilience Home”— for Roadmapping Readiness and Personal Preparedness aims to Build Resilient Communities Starting with the Individual KatieKatie Belfi, esq., is founder of Belfi Consulting, which supports institutions across the U.S. to build response programs, respond and recover from disasters, and improve institutional resilience overall. She is a seasoned emergency management expert who was the lead attorney for FEMA in New York during Hurricane Sandy. Belfi later joined New York University’s Langone Health System, where she helped reimagine and build the hospital’s emergency preparedness and response program. Watching her clients as well as family and friends struggle through the disasters of 2020, inspired her to shift her attention to help improve readiness and resilience on an individual and family level. In doing so, Katie is incorporating her skills as a longtime wellness professional and practitioner and hopes to inspire lasting change for communities everywhere. For more information, please visit: www.katiebelfi.com. "Bringing Resilience Home" is the new e-book by Katie Belfi. Launched to help the individual prepare for any tragedy that may lie ahead. The full e-book is available at www.KatieBelfi.com, under the Resources tab. Austin, Texas, May 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Katie Belfi, Esq, founder and principal consultant of Belfi Consulting, announced today that she is broadening her mission to include resilience support for individuals and families in addition to the institutional emergency management consulting her firm already provides. The expansion reflects the compilation of her expertise and foresight, as well as the impacts of a global pandemic and pervasive natural disasters across the country over the last 18 months. As a way to enable access and commemorate the enhanced missiont, Belfi has launched a new E-Book about resilience support, entitled “Bringing Resilience Home.” Belfi aims to inform, educate, and empower individuals and families to be better prepared for any emergency that may lie ahead whether it’s a natural disaster, personal strife or other setback. “While there is no way to plan for every worst-case scenario, we want to engender self-reliance and provide people with tools to be better equipped to respond with agility, no matter the emergency,” said Belfi. “The ways we invest in our own and our family’s resilience today, will inform our capacity to adapt, respond, and rebound from whatever challenges tomorrow brings. My free e-book is a start in the right direction, giving peace of mind, helping families plan for how to prepare for the potential unknown.” A seasoned emergency management expert and longtime wellness professional, Belfi seeks to position readiness and resilience as a component of one’s holistic well-being and likens it to a self-care practice. In the business world, employers must consider supporting their workforce in a resilience building capacity. Bolstering the innate power of the individual to be resilient in the face of dire, dangerous, or difficult situations provides proven benefits to the well-being of that individual, and ultimately contributes to the well-being of the company as a whole. The unprecedented strain on publicly available emergency response and recovery resources (including federal, state, and local) has caused Belfi to further believe there has never been a greater need for readiness and resilience on an individual level.Belfi resounds that resilient individuals are at the heart of every resilient organization, and that for many people talking or even thinking about personal preparedness tends to be overwhelming and unpleasant — and yet does not have to be. ” “Preparedness is the new self-care,” said Belfi “Every single one of us must be ready to take care of those we love, whether that’s family, neighbors, or simply ourselves.” Find more information at: www.katiebelfi.com. ABOUT KATIE BELFI Katie Belfi, esq., is a seasoned emergency management expert who was the lead attorney for FEMA in New York during Hurricane Sandy. Belfi later joined New York University’s Langone Health System, where she helped reimagine and build the hospital’s emergency preparedness and response program. Since founding Belfi Consulting in 2018, Katie and her team have worked across multiple sectors supporting institutions across the U.S. to build response programs, respond and recover from disasters, and improve institutional resilience overall. Watching her clients as well as family and friends struggle through the disasters of 2020, inspired her to shift her attention to help improve readiness and resilience on an individual and family level. In doing so, Katie is incorporating her skills as a longtime wellness professional and practitioner and hopes to inspire lasting change for communities everywhere. For more information, please visit: www.katiebelfi.com. Attachments unnamed-5unnamed CONTACT: Carson Quinn for Katie Belfi Katie Belfi 312-339-9779 firstname.lastname@example.org
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A Parkdale mother who's been served an eviction notice says she and her son will have nowhere to go if they're kicked out of the apartment they've called home for some 30 years. Theresa De Mesa was recently served an eviction notice due to cleanliness issues, with the landlord, Nuspor Investments, saying her unit was not properly prepared for pest control — something De Mesa disputes. "They would like to evict us and I don't know why. We are good tenants and we pay our rent," she told CBC Toronto. De Mesa says she and her son, Anthony, pay around $1,300 per month for their apartment and because they're both on disability, that's as much as they can handle. "I cannot afford a higher rent," she said. The property manager for Nuspor Investments says it has been working with De Mesa since 2006 trying to find solutions for her to stay in her apartment, citing an inability to maintain safety standards. But neighbours who are supporting her say she's cleaned her unit. In March 2020, Premier Doug Ford announced the province will "make sure no one gets evicted." That pause on eviction enforcement at the beginning of the pandemic was lifted in August 2020 and reinstated earlier this year: However, eviction applications and hearings are still going forward. While the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario says it is their understanding that eviction applications for not paying rent received by the Landlord and Tenant Board since April 2020 are significantly below historical averages, advocates say even under the current stay-at-home order, the Landlord and Tenant Board is processing hundreds of evictions each week. They fear with Landlord and Tenant Board hearings being virtual, an increasing number of tenants will end up homeless during the pandemic. CBC News has seen notices delivered to De Mesa from building management that state the unit was not properly prepared for pest control, and was not decluttered in a reasonable state of cleanliness. Cole Webber with Parkdale Community Legal Services, says De Mesa has had an eviction hearing related to cleanliness at the Landlord and Tenant Board before, and an agreement was made that she would declutter her unit and the building would pay for her to store some of her belongings. Cole Webber, a community legal worker with Parkdale Community Legal Services, says in the fall of 2020, his legal clinic noted a 20 per cent rise in the rate of eviction compared to the same period the previous year. (Talia Ricci/CBC) "What we see in general in the neighbourhood is that as rents rise, and the rental real estate market heats up, landlords look for any way they can to evict the tenants, especially tenants like Theresa who are living in two-bedroom apartments where they could raise the rent substantially," Webber said. He says he has been present for follow-up inspections since the unit was cleaned, and was not informed during the inspections that the unit was not up to standards. "Evictions destroy people's lives. If Theresa and her son get evicted, they will be put on the street." Some virtual hearings 'chaos,' lawyer says Tracy Heffernan, director of the provincial tenant duty counsel program at the Toronto-based Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, says virtual hearings with the Landlord and Tenant Board have underscored the digital divide in the province. "What we've observed with these virtual hearings is that if a tenant is absent, they can be evicted within seconds. If they are present, they can be evicted within minutes," she said. "We've also observed chaos at these hearings, adjudicators who lack familiarity with the technology and tenants who are disconnected and are unable to get back onto the hearing," adding that in many cases tenants are on the phone and landlords are on video. Heffernan's biggest concern is the prospect of the Landlord and Tenant Board eliminating in-person hearings altogether. "This is going to impact tenants in a very grave manner," she said. The Landlord and Tenant Board did not respond to CBC's request to confirm whether virtual hearings would continue after the pandemic. Nuspor, Ministry of Housing respond Vito Simone, the property manager for Nuspor Investments, says the situation with De Mesa "has become unworkable." In a statement to CBC News, he said: "For the safety of Ms. De Mesa and other residents we asked her to keep materials away from baseboard heaters and to maintain a safe passageway." The statement goes on to say some of her belongings were moved into a storage unit, which the building is paying for. "Over many years we have determined she is unable to maintain safety standards, we are unable to control pests in her apartment and other residents have asked for her removal." The Ministry of Housing and Municipal Affairs says the province has introduced a number of measures to protect and support tenants. "These supports include an emergency order to temporarily pause residential evictions enforcement, a rent freeze for the entirety of 2021 and an amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) to promote rent repayment agreements to maintain tenancies," a spokesperson for the ministry said in a statement. "Our government recognizes and values the efforts of tenants and landlords who continue to work together to find solutions." Neighbours coming together A few tenants at the Parkdale building, who had previously rallied against an above-guideline rent increase and were successful, have come together to support De Mesa by helping her find legal aid and putting pressure on the building owner. "I've become involved because I can just see it's not right," said Kerry Riordan. "We rented a U-Haul, some people from the neighborhood came together, we moved all of her stuff out and somehow it wasn't enough, I don't really understand the justification for it." A few neighbours say they rented a U-Haul to help the De Mesas clear out their unit, and felt that would be the final resolution. They tell CBC News this photo was taken on May 7, 2021.(Submitted/Parmbir Gill) Riordan thought the efforts were going to result in a resolution. "She's an elderly woman with a disabled son and it's a pandemic. No one should be threatened with eviction right now. And especially not someone who is trying very hard to meet the requirements laid out to them." De Mesa's virtual hearing is scheduled for May 25. She and her advocates are hoping it doesn't get to that point. "I feel my health is wearing down. I cannot sleep, I cannot eat, I have a nervous breakdown when someone knocks on my door," De Mesa said. "I feel sad."
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