Although in Britain May Day is traditionally a day of celebration - with its roots in pagan Anglo-Saxon customs and the pagan festival Beltane - across the world it is celebrated by many as International Workers' Day. On this day every year the working classes and labourers are honoured in a day promoted by the international labour movement. Today, a large number of countries around the world will celebrate a workers' day, with many workers having a day off. It is a day for remembering those who died or have been injured at work and in recent years it has become a focal day for large-scale protests organised by socialist and anti-capitalist movements. What are the origins of International Workers Day? International Workers' Day or Labour Day (known as Labor Day in the United States) was first created in the late 19th century when the trade union and labour movements were growing in the USA. International Workers Day has its origins in the labour union movement, and specifically in the … [Read more...] about The origins of International Workers’ Day and why it isn’t a holiday in the UK
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BARBECUES, picnics and parades will be taking place across the US today (Monday September 4) to mark the end of summer and Labor Day.Here's everything you need to know about the national public holiday in the USA and why it is held in the country.On the first Monday in September in the States, a public holiday is held to celebrate the American labor movement.It is a federal holiday which means all government offices, organisations and many businesses are closed.Public celebrations such as fireworks displays and other low key events mark the occasion.Major congestion is expected on roads and at airports as many people look to take short break before returning to work the next day.There's a more serious meaning behind Labor Day as it was first celebrated in 1882 amid a period of great unrest and protests from workers' unions over conditions facing employees.The average worker was slogging away for 12-hour, seven-days-a-week for meagre wages without the benefits we take for granted … [Read more...] about Labor Day 2017 – what is it, why is celebrated in the US and what is today’s Google Doodle?
Switzerland, Singapore and Finland lead the table of the world's most competitive nations, according to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) released on Wednesday. The top-ten list is still clearly dominated by countries in northern and western Europe - and that despite an ongoing debt crisis in the euro area. Besides Switzerland and Finland, Sweden is also in the top ten, taking fourth position, followed by the Netherlands in fifth, Germany in sixth and Britain in eighth place. Compared to last year, Denmark dropped from eighth to 12th, and France from 18th to 21st. Austria rose slightly, from 19th to 16th. There's no good news from crisis-stricken southern Europe, though. Italy ranks 42nd, Spain takes 36th and Portugal 49th place, and Greece drops another six positions to end up in 96th. It remains to be seen for how much longer Europe as a whole can hold its ground with several economic indicators pointing downwards across the continent. Ratings agency Moody's on Tuesday … [Read more...] about Europe still most competitive region in the world
Nesipiyo Tashana was 16 years old when rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) abducted her in the Central African Republic. That was three years ago. To avoid being killed, she had to do as she was told. "In the bush we were forced to hard labor and always carrying the luggage of the rebels," she recounted. "I have so much pain in my heart when I remember that." She is now in a transit camp for former LRA abductees in Yambio, the capital of South Sudan's Western Equatoria state. African Union (AU) soldiers had brought her here. In the first nine months of this year alone, 432 people were abducted by the LRA, according to a UN report published in November. That is more than double the number in 2012. The militia makes many of the abductees work as porters, others are forcibly recruited as fighters. To ensure that they do not even contemplate fleeing and returning to their villages, many boys are forced to kill their own mothers. Women and girls become sex slaves or wives of the … [Read more...] about Slow progress in the fight against the LRA
From tie-dyed shirts to skinny jeans, fashion is a slave to trends with no single fad lasting more than a few years. The rise of green fashion in recent years, however, is challenging the industry image of fleeting styles, and socially conscious consumers are increasingly looking for sustainable clothing. Discerning between truly environmentally-friendly fashion labels and brands that simply use the term "organic" to cash in on the current hype surrounding eco fashion, however, can seem impossible. Conventionally grown cotton is a major pollutant, using more insecticides than any other single crop. Cotton producers around the world use nearly $2.6 billion (1.8 billion euros) worth of pesticides every year. According to the Pesticide Action Network, an international organization dedicated to eliminating hazardous pesticides, this amounts to more than 10 percent of the world's pesticides, and nearly 25 percent of the world's insecticides. Statistics like these are what inspired … [Read more...] about Eco chic makes its mark in the fashion world