Jagdeo discusses sugar workers’ plight with IMF team

first_imgAs sugar workers, their families and the wider communities continue to face the financial uncertainties experienced as a result of estate closures and general downsizing of the industry, their plight was a topic of discussion with the visiting International Monetary Fund (IMF) team and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo meeting with an International Monetary Fund (IMF) team on WednesdayThat team is in Guyana to conduct an assessment of the country’s economy. Through an official statement, it was disclosed that Jagdeo spoke with IMF representatives on a range of matters, which included the impact on workers and the ripple effects that are being seen since estates were shuttered. For the last several months, Guyana Times has been meeting with residents, former Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) employees, and market sellers, who have collectively observed their despair over the fact that communities were once bright and booming with varying ranges of economic activity.On Wednesday, Jagdeo shared his views on the performance of the economy, and was quoted as having provided the IMF team with his and the Parliamentary Opposition’s analysis of key productive sectors.  Other topics discussed with IMF focused on agriculture, rice, construction, bauxite, mining and service sectors.The Leader of the Opposition was quoted as having outlined the vision of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), which foresees the prospects “of expansion and growth of the local economy, creating employment and generating opportunities for Guyanese, including those for wealth creation, among other plans – all of which could sustain, diversify and expand the traditional sectors, while supporting new productive sectors.”Jagdeo was accompanied by fellow PPP/C Parliamentarians Irfaan Ali and Juan Edghill at Wednesday’s meeting.Some 4000 workers from Skeldon, East Demerara (Enmore) and Rose Hall were retrenched after GuySuCo terminated their employment up to late 2017. Before then, over 1000 Wales Estate workers were similarly retrenched when the entity officially ceased operation in December 2016. These moves were in keeping with Government’s cost-cutting measures. However, the David Granger Administration was strongly criticised for not having a holistic approach to age-old industry, as many stakeholders, civil society groups including the private sector and opposition politicians called for social impact studies to be conduct before closures.In December 2017, the Special Purposes Unit (SPU), which falls under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), officially took over operations at Skeldon, East Demerara (Enmore), Rose Hall and Wales. It was announced that SPU was overseeing divestment plans by way of either selling off or restarting factories with minimal staff to attract investors – both domestic and foreign.However, it was in March of this year that the SPU rehired about 100 cane harvesters out of thousands to work the fields at Rose Hall Estate. The Enmore Estate was also restarted to keep it running. However, the workers, residents and sellers at Wales have made repeated cries for Wales to be restarted, but many feel that this would be near impossible following reports that much of the factory’s equipment and material was transferred to other estates. Also in March, NICIL put thousands of acres of land from Wales, as well as machinery from various estates, on the market.It was only last month that Guyana Times visited the once famous ‘Friday Market’ at Wales, where sellers related their despair as they were packing up their stocks just before 13:00h, when this publication interviewed them. Sellers were packing up their stocks for the day. This was unlike before December 2016, when the market went later than 17:00h.Seller Jocelyn Boston, who has been vending for over seven years, has bemoaned her continued struggles, which increase with each passing since the closure of Wales.“It very hard, we ain’t getting the sales like before. You come out, just so you gotta pack back and go in. One and two residents coming out and buy; Uitvlugt workers don’t get pay here. They don’t spend here because they got other markets that they passing,” Boston had noted.“Is like you just want run away from here; is a hopeless place. Here nah got hope no more,” a female farmer and market vendor from Wales told Guyana Times in April.last_img read more

Alito gets Supreme Court nod

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But several major liberal groups — People for the American Way, the Alliance for Justice, MoveOn.org, NARAL Pro-Choice America and others –immediately declared their opposition. “Judge Alito would undermine basic reproductive rights,” said Karen Pearl, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “It is outrageous that President Bush would replace a moderate conservative like Justice O’Connor with a conservative hard-liner.” Among feminists and liberals, who fear that Alito will join Justice Antonin Scalia as a member of the court’s conservative bloc, the nominee’s heritage and judicial philosophy have earned him the nickname “Scalito.” If confirmed, Alito would be the court’s fifth member of the Roman Catholic faith. Republican Senate leaders pledged their support, but the chamber’s moderates held their fire Monday, generally taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the nomination. WASHINGTON — President Bush nominated federal appellate court Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. for the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, placating conservative activists who undermined Harriet Miers but provoking a fight with abortion-rights groups. Alito, 55, has served for 15 years as an appeals court judge, and is best known for a 1991 dissent in a landmark Pennsylvania abortion case. Rejecting Alito’s reasoning, the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately used the case to uphold abortion rights. The son of an Italian immigrant, Alito graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School. He served in the Justice Department during the Reagan administration and as a federal prosecutor before winning the Senate’s unanimous approval to the federal bench in 1990. “He is scholarly, fair-minded and principled,” Bush said, as he named Alito to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. One key senator — Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona –said he was “pleased” with the nomination and added that “Judge Alito’s record is one of a thoroughly experienced, capable and principled jurist.” McCain is a leader of the bipartisan “gang of 14” senators who have vowed to uphold the Senate filibuster rule for judicial nominations, but promised to employ the tactic only under “extraordinary circumstances.” To defeat a nominee on an up-or-down vote in the Republican-controlled Senate, Alito’s foes would have to garner 51 votes. Under current rules, to indefinitely delay a vote by filibustering, they would need just 40 votes. Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, a Democratic member of the 14 senators, said he would “carefully study” Alito’s record and background. Alito’s critics zeroed in on his dissenting opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a 1991 abortion case that the Supreme Court ultimately used to uphold Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that guaranteed the right of abortion. The issue in Casey was whether the Pennsylvania legislature could restrict the ability of women to obtain abortions through such regulations as a requirement that wives notify husbands before undergoing the procedure. The 3rd Circuit court, with Alito dissenting, found that the spousal notification provision was the kind of burdensome regulation forbidden by Roe. The Supreme Court then took the case, threw out the spousal notification rule and other Pennsylvania restrictions, and used Casey to sustain Roe v. Wade. Alito won renown in conservative circles after his dissent in Casey was cited by the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who joined Scalia and two other justices in unsuccessfully arguing that Roe should be overturned. Alito, however, never openly challenged the reasoning in Roe, and in two subsequent New Jersey abortion cases he joined the court majority in decisions that upheld various abortion rights.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

OnePlus 5T hands-on images leaked, could launch on November 16

first_imgReports that OnePlus will soon launch a successor to the OnePlus 5 with the OnePlus 5T have been steadily growing since the past few weeks. There have been teasers and leaked images that suggest that OnePlus will bring out its very first full-screen smartphone, and after popular tipster Evan Blass confirmed the same via a source, the OnePlus 5T is now closer to reality. Recently, the phone’s specs and price was listed online and now some leaked hands-on images give us another look at what the smartphone could look like.The images popped up on Chinese social media site Weibo that reveal the alleged OnePlus 5T’s front and back. Staying true to past rumours and leaked images, the latest hands-on shots show minimal bezels on the front. The smartphone is expected to sport a 6-inch (1080×2160) display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Slimmer bezels also suggests that the OnePlus 5T will not have a home button, and the fingerprint sensor could be moved to the back, as is shown in the leaked images. The fingerprint sensor is shown to have a square shape to match the company’s logo.There have been reports that the OnePlus 5T will feature a design similar to the newly launched Oppo F5. Based on the images so far, that looks to be true as the OnePlus 5T shows a fingerprint sensor above the logo, antenna lines pushed to the edges, and a dual camera setup on the top left side, all of which will remind you of the Oppo F5.advertisementAlso Read: Oppo F5 with 6-inch bezel-less display, 20-megapixel selfie camera launchedApart from the leaked images, OnePlus founders Carl Pei and Pete Lau have been tweeting images that are suspected to have been shot on the upcoming OnePlus 5T. Pei this week also took a dig at a review of the OnePlus 5, saying that “review came in pretty late,” which suggests the company is ready to come out with the OnePlus 5T, unless we’re reading too much into it.Cool photo, must have come from a great camera ?? pic.twitter.com/DyiULnyTYN- Carl Pei (@getpeid) October 25, 2017OnePlus 5T possible price and availabilityBased on a recent listing of the OnePlus 5T on Oppo Mart, the smartphone could come with a price tag of $549 (for 64GB), which roughly translates around Rs 35,500.  Meanwhile, the 128GB variant of the smartphone will cost around $649 (approx. Rs 42,000). The smartphone could be the company’s most expensive one yet. Considering the OnePlus 5 was launched in India starting at Rs 32,999 for the 6GB + 64GB variant, you can expect the OnePlus 5T to carry a price tag a few notches higher.Blass recently tweeted that the OnePlus 5T will be launched post November 20. However, a new screenshot of an Amazon promo shared by GizChina suggests that the phone could be unveiled at an event on November 16 and will be Amazon exclusive.OnePlus 5T features and specificationsIn terms of hardware, the OnePlus 5T will largely be similar to the OnePlus 5 and will follow this year’s high-end specifications. Here’s what we know so far:– The OnePlus 5T will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.– The smartphone will likely be offered in variants, one with 6GB RAM and 64 internal storage and the other with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.– The dual rear camera setup could be bumped up to a pair of 20-megapixel sensors, based on a recent AnTuTu benchmark listing.– OnePlus could bump up the front camera to a 20-megapixel sensor as well, up from 16-megapixel on the OnePlus 5.– The OnePlus 5T is tipped to run on Oxygen OS based on Android Oreo. Much like the OnePlus 5, the upcoming smartphone will also sport a clean UI with stock Android.last_img read more