SCALE hosts vigil for workers

first_imgThe Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation members held a candlelight vigil to commemorate the six-month anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory fire collapse in Bangladesh on Wednesday night.The vigil began at the University Religious Center, where students read testimonies from people who had been affected by dangerous factory conditions in Bangladesh. Attendees were given a flower and a candle, and the ceremony was followed by a processional to Bovard Auditorium, where attendees were asked to sign a piece of a document in support of better factory conditions in Bangladesh.No sweat · Sean McGuire, a senior majoring in international relations and economics, leads a non-denominational prayer for factory workers suffering in sweatshop factories.Chris Roman | Daily TrojanOne by one, students taped written messages to a trifold and left the candles and flowers for the administration to see in the morning. The ceremony concluded with a performance by Overflow, an a capella group on campus, that showed support for the cause.SCALE had between 30 and 40 members who attended the vigil, which comprised of 50 attendees in total. This was the first time SCALE has had a vigil that left something tangible at Bovard Auditorium for President C. L. Max Nikias and the administration to see in the morning.“The thought process behind organizing this event was really to spread awareness, to ask refugees to take measures in order to make sure that the workers who make the apparel are being treated fairly and safely,” said Julia Wang, a senior majoring in neuroscience.The event was also held in an attempt to convince USC to put an end to “deathtrap” conditions in the university apparel supply chain.“Last year, USC signed on to the Worker Rights Consortium, which was a huge step forward in cleaning up USC’s supply chain,” Wang said.The Worker Rights Consortium is a group that monitors universities’ apparel factories worldwide, said Chanelle Yang, a junior majoring in policy, planning and development.SCALE is still trying to convince USC to require Bangladeshi factories producing Trojan apparel to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety contract.“It’s a legally-binding contract that says that factories producing [USC] apparel are held accountable for the safety violations that occur,” Yang said.“I heard about the factory fires that were happening in Bangladesh and I realized that our university apparel was made in very similar conditions to these deathtraps,” Wang said.Wang cited this as one of the reasons she wanted to take action and join SCALE.Wang and many other members of SCALE view these factory workers as members of the Trojan Family, since they are essentially working for USC by assembling USC apparel. Because of this, SCALE members felt that taking initiative was necessary. It has also served to make SCALE members feel closer to the people in Bangladesh.“I actually went to Bangladesh over the summer and I was able to talk to survivors and victims and family members,” Wang said. “Hearing their stories about how they’re affected on an everyday basis by Western brands and practices is heartbreaking.”Through candlelight vigils such as this, as well as other events, SCALE hopes to continue to raise awareness for their cause and gain more support. “Seeing the impact that students can have on very real issues like this really made me want to join SCALE,” said Sarah Newell, a junior majoring in business administration and sociology. “Being able to use my leverage as a student at this university to make changes to the things that USC does has been an incredibly empowering experience.”SCALE holds weekly meetings on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. in the Social Sciences Building. This Saturday, they will hold an activist boot camp, a skills training event meant to teach members how to run campaigns successfully and mobilize people on issues to build change. SCALE also does regular worker meet-and-greets with workers at USC to make sure that USC’s workers are supported and treated well.last_img read more

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This week’s Afcon 2017 draw: Can Ghana win bid to host again?

first_imgIt’s a crucial next few days for three countries, including Ghana, who will find out if they will get the right to host the 2017 Afcon. Joy Sports looks at the main items as leading African officials gather at a hotel near the Nile river this week.2017 AFCON HOSTINGWhile Guinea were selected 2023 Cup of Nations hosts last year, a decision on who stages the edition two years from now will be made only this week.Spiralling post-Muammar Gaddafi-era violence forced 2017 hosts Libya to withdraw last year and Algeria, Gabon, Ghana are bidding to replace them.Recurring crowd trouble could count against Algeria and location might rule out Gabon as another central African state, Equatorial Guinea, were the 2015 hosts.Ghana held a successful, goal-packed 2008 tournament, have the required four international-standard stadiums, and appear to tick all the boxes. African football bosses are in Cairo all week to deliberate on this and other important issues.CAIRO CALLINGThe African football spotlight falls on the Egyptian capital with Fifa presidential hopefuls electioneering while a proposed rule change could extend the reign of CAF strongman Issa Hayatou.Other CAF business also includes making the qualifying draw for the 2017 Afcon. There will also be a vote to select two African representatives for the Fifa executive committee.FIFA PRESIDENCY HOPEFULS Fifa president Sepp Blatter is sure to receive an emotional welcome on a continent where he enjoys massive support.His three rivals for the top world football job – Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, Dutchman Michel van Praag and former Portugal star Luis Figo – are also expected to seek support.It would be a shock, though, if Blatter failed to garner virtually all 54 African votes in the May presidential election.The Swiss brought the World Cup to Africa for the first time in 2010 and Fifa financial support helps keep afloat many national football federations.SENIOR AGE LIMIT CAF want to change a rule that prevents officials serving beyond 70, which would force Hayatou to step down as president in August next year.There is little doubt that the proposal will be passed, allowing the tall Cameroonian to continue a reign that began in 1988.He is the longest serving CAF boss, surpassing the 16 years of Ethiopian Ydnekatchew Tessema, who died in 1987.Hayatou considers helping bring the 2010 World Cup to South Africa his greatest achievement and dreams of a World Cup-winning African team.CUP OF NATIONS DRAW Morocco and Tunisia will be among the entrants for the 2017 Cup of Nations qualifying draw scheduled to take place after the hosts are named Wednesday.Having refused to host the 2015 tournament on the agreed dates because they feared visitors could bring the deadly Ebola virus into the country, Morocco were barred from the 2017 and 2019 Cup of Nations.But a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) allowed Morocco back into a competition they won for the only time 39 years ago.Tunisia escaped a ban after apologising for accusing CAF of bias in a controversial 2015 Cup of Nations quarterfinal defeat by Equatorial Guinea.FIFA EXECUTIVE Tunisian Tarek Bouchamaoui and Constant Selemani from the Democratic Republic of Congo are expected to win a race with Ivorian Jacques Anouma to fill two places on the Fifa executive committee.Anouma wanted to challenge Hayatou for the CAF presidency two years ago, but a rule change disqualified him.Algerian Mohamed Raouraoua was expected to stand for re-election, but withdrew after reportedly losing the support of Hayatou.The successful candidates will join Hayatou and Egyptian Hany Abo Rida as CAF representatives at Fifa House in Zurich. Burundian female Lydia Nsekera is a non-CAF member of the global body executive.–last_img read more

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Futsal national team of BiH-European and Balkan Champions despite Diabetes

first_imgThe national team of BiH in futsal for persons with diabetes was formed early last year. They are currently European champions and this year they will start performing in the first futsal leagues of BiH as a club.This year was excellent for the national team and good results came one after another. They won the Balkan Champioships and the European Championship in the competition of 16 European countries.As of this year, the national team of BiH will perform as a team in the first Futsal League of FBiH under the name DijaBiH, where their main competition will be teams of men who do not suffer from similar issues.“We want to show that we can be equal to athletes who do not have diabetes and that we can win,” the national team stated.Miran Gvozdić was diagnosed with diabetes type one at a systematic examination when he was 14. However, since he was an athlete before the diagnosis, he decided to continue. Today he is a member of the national team of BiH in futsal for persons with diabetes and he says that sport helps him a lot in his fight with the disease.“We, as the national team of BiH and people with diabetes who are dealing with sport actively and professionally, are trying to prove everyone, especially children, that one can live normally and do sports even with diabetes,” Miran says.This team is trying to break the prejudice that people who suffer from diabetes of any type cannot do sports recreationally or professionally.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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