According to the United Nations, the principles of social justice are upheld when countries promote gender equality or the rights of Indigenous peoples and migrants. Additionally, countries advance social justice when they remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, or disability. On November 26, 2007, the General Assembly declared that starting from the 63rd session of the General Assembly, February 20, will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice.For the UN, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of its global mission to promote development and human dignity. This year’s theme is “Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice”.The adoption by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalisation is just one recent example of its commitment to social justice. The Declaration focuses on guaranteeing fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work. It constitutes a compass for the promotion of a fair globalisation based on Decent Work, as well as a practical tool to accelerate progress in the implementation of the Decent Work Agenda at the country level. It also reflects a productive outlook by highlighting the importance of sustainable enterprises in creating greater employment and income opportunities for all.The General Assembly recognises that social development and social justice are indispensable for the achievement and maintenance of peace and security within and among nations and that, in turn, social development and social justice cannot be attained in the absence of peace and security or in the absence of respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.Further globalisation and interdependence are opening new opportunities through trade, investment and capital flows and advances in technology, including information technology, for the growth of the world economy and the development and improvement of living standards around the world. Today, there remain serious challenges, including serious financial crises, insecurity, poverty, exclusion, and inequality within and among societies and considerable obstacles to further integration and full participation in the global economy for developing countries as well as some countries with economies in transition.To mark this occasion, Journalists around the world will bring together concrete stories and testimonies about the challenges of social justice and labour migration and to suggest possible policy responses to address these challenges. They will also use the opportunity to bring to the fore issues on labour migration by highlighting the positive contribution of migrant workers to countries of origin, transit, and destination as well as the key aspects such as their fair recruitment.As part of the programme of activities, participants will also contribute to the UN TOGETHER campaign, which has the purpose of encouraging global action in promoting non-discrimination and addressing the problem of rising xenophobia against refugees and migrants.In his message, Secretary General of the ILO, Guy Ryder emphasised that migrant workers, like all workers, are entitled to fair treatment; however, he also pointed out that many migrant workers end up trapped in jobs with low pay and unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, often in the informal economy, without respect for their labour and other human rights.He further outlined that good governance will foster strong cooperation across migration corridors and regions, which should be guided by international labour standards, in particular the fundamental principles and rights at work and the relevant ILO and UN Conventions.The ILO is, therefore, encouraging the adoption of fair labour migration governance frameworks at all levels – global, regional and national. These include a comprehensive, integrated and “whole of government” approach that engages labour ministries together with business, and employers’ and workers’ organisations – those on the frontlines of labour markets.February 20, 2010, marks the annual commemoration of World Day of Social Justice, which recognises, in the words of UN General Assembly Resolution that “social development and social justice cannot be attained… in the absence of respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms” .Most migration today is linked, directly or indirectly, to the search for decent work opportunities. While there are many Guyanese who seek employment in other countries, there are also immigrants who have opened businesses locally who are also deserving of fair treatment. On this day, therefore, all Guyanese should join in the global call for social and economic justice and demand that the Government promote inclusive development for all citizens.
Tomorrow is apparently Take Your Pet to Work Day . . . but according to a new survey, there are plenty of people who don’t need some made-up holiday to bring their dog or cat to their job. The survey found that HALF of dog owners who work at pet-friendly places bring their dog in at least once a week . . . and 20% bring it in pretty much daily. 19% of cat owners also bring their cat in pretty much every day.
Fuerlinger pours in 30 points for DonsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team was on the verge of losing its first game of the season when it turned up its defensive pressure an extra notch.Trailing by four with 4½ minutes to go, Columbus held Loyal to just one made basket the rest of the way to pull out a 70-65 victory over the Greyhounds in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division battle Monday night at Columbus Catholic High School.Columbus opens up a 2½ game lead for first in the conference with the victory, improving to 13-0 overall and 9-0 in the Cloverbelt East. Loyal is now 9-3 and 6-2 in the conference, tied with Owen-Withee for second place behind the Dons.Loyal led for much of the game and pulled out to a 61-57 lead after a basket by Cameron Brussow at the 4:33 mark.Tyler Fuerlinger responded with six points in a row to put the Dons up 63-61 with 2:56 to go, their first lead in nearly 10 minutes.Elliot Genteman tied it for Loyal, but that would be the last basket for the Greyhounds.Hunter Schultz made two free throws and a driving lay-in, and after two free throws from Brussow, Fuerlinger scored again to put the Dons up 69-65 with a minute left. Schultz finished the scoring with a free throw with 12 seconds remaining.Loyal missed its final four field goal attempts and turned the ball over five times as Columbus finished the game on a 13-4 run.“We played tight when the shots didn’t fall early, and we played a really good opponent,” Columbus coach Joe Konicezny said. “Loyal was a preseason top-10 and picked to win our conference for a reason. I think their coaching staff does a heck of a job, and they have three really good players. We knew it was going to be a battle coming in. We had a really hard time with Brussow, but we hit just enough shots late, got a few steals late, and Tyler Fuerlinger started taking the ball to the basket, which was huge for us.”Brussow finished with 32 points and 14 rebounds for Loyal.Fuerlinger (30), Schultz (23), and Nick Malovrh (17) combined to score all of the Dons’ points.Brussow scored six points in an 8-0 run for Greyhounds to give them a 30-19 lead, their biggest advantage of the game.Columbus closed to within 34-29 by halftime and tied it at 43-43 after a basket by Fuerlinger with 13:19 left in the second half.The Dons held a brief lead at 46-45 on a 3-pointer by Malovrh before Loyal ripped off six-straight points to pull back ahead.Columbus was able to stay in the game despite making just 4 of 28 3-point attempts and eventually pulled ahead for good with a trapping full-court defense that forced 24 turnovers, including 17 in the second half.“The last three or four games, we didn’t miss much from three,” Konieczny said. “Tonight we kind of got in that mode where we were going to shoot 3s all night, and it cost us early. We settled for a lot of open 3s. Once we started to take the ball to basket and feed off our defense and get baskets in transition, we were able to turn it around. We’re going to see them again in a couple of weeks, and it will be just like this: down to the wire.”Columbus hosts Spencer on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 70, Greyhounds 65Loyal 34 31 – 65Columbus Catholic 29 41 – 70LOYAL (65): Luke Bogdonovich 1-5 0-0 2, Riley Geiger 4-7 0-2 11, Jordan Radue 4-6 0-0 8, Quinn Brussow 0-2 0-0 0, Elliot Genteman 6-7 0-0 12, Cameron Brussow 14-28 3-4 32. FG: 29-65. FT: 3-6. 3-pointers: 4-10 (Geiger 3-4, C. Brussow 1-3, Bogdonovich 0-3). Rebounds: 38 (C. Brussow 14). Turnovers: 24. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: none. Record: 9-3, 6-2 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (70): Jarred Mandel 0-2 0-1 0, Charles Payant 0-2 0-0 0, Ryan Dieringer 0-2 0-0 0, Nick Malovrh 6-17 3-4 17, Hunter Schultz 9-20 3-4 23, Ethan Meece 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Fuerlinger 14-22 2-3 30, Noah Hansen 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 29-55. FT: 8-12. 3-pointers: 4-28 (Schultz 2-9, Malovrh 2-10, Fuerlinger 0-5, Dieringer 0-2, Payant 0-1, Mandel 0-1). Rebounds: 24 (Malovrh 7). Turnovers: 11. Fouls: 8. Fouled out: none. Record: 13-0, 9-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Gautam Gambhir displayed acute leadership skills in the fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by guiding his team all the way to the title. But more than that, the left-hander showed that India have a viable alternative to MS Dhoni ahead of the T20 World Cup.By cornering glory in the most prestigious club championship of T20 cricket, that too against Dhoni’s feared Chennai Super Kings, Gambhir has done his credentials no harm. In fact, Gauti has always risen to the occassion, be it for KKR, his Delhi Ranji team or even the Indian national side in one-day cricket.Making Gambhir’s case stronger is perhaps Dhoni’s recent struggles at the international level. The IPL aside, MSD has seemed short of ideas in Tests, one-dayers as well as T20 cricket. Till now, the selectors seemed to have little option but to persist with Dhoni, but Gambhir now could bring the much-needed freshness in leadership and perhaps do for India what he has done for KKR.The T20 World Cup 2012 will be played in Sri Lanka later this year. The hosts take on Zimbabwe in the first match on September 18, while India play their first match against Afghanistan the next day.