The WTA suspends the Xi’an tournament for the coronavirus

May 14, 2020

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first_imgThe Wta has introduced the suspension of the subsequent version of the Xi’an tournament, in China, class 125, scheduled for April 13-19, as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus.“Our ideas are with everybody in China throughout this troublesome time and We sit up for the WTA Tour occasions which can be scheduled for this fall, “ signifies the WTA in a press release. “We’re observing the scenario intently since there’s nothing extra necessary than shield the well being of our gamers, the WTA and the occasion workers, and our followers, “added the ladies’s circuit group.The WTA, which didn’t prolong the details about the occasion, which was going to be performed on the laborious observe with a complete of 115,000 euros in prizes, maintains the info “with medical specialists as the details about this virus evolves”. “We are going to work intently with them to manage the scenario.”last_img read more


Union to file an action at CCJ over lack of consultations

January 12, 2020

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first_imgClosures of Rose Hall, East Demerara estatesAs possible legal action hovers over Government’s half-payment to several categories of sugar workers earlier this year, separate action by the workers’ representative body, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is likely to be filed in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) regarding the “lack of consultations” before workers of the Rose Hall and East Demerara estates were terminated. A senior GAWU official indicated on Sunday that the Union’s legal team is in the process of filing action to take the case to the CCJ after the Court of Appeal upheld the decision made in the High Court.“Our lawyers in November were trying to stay the closure of estates – Rose Hall and East Demerara – as our lawyers were arguing that there was not consultation with the Union as is required [in that] the proposals and ideas of the Union were not taken into account,” the official pointed out.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George on November 10, 2017, had ruled against an application by GAWU and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) to quash Government’s move to close the East Demerara and Rose Hall Estates. Guyana Times was told that Justice George was of the view that there were no grounds for granting a stay because there was consultation. As such, the Union filed action in the Appeal Court but this publication was told that the Appeal Court recently upheld the Chief Justice’s decision which has prompted GAWU to take the matter to the highest court in the Caribbean.This latest action by GAWU comes against the backdrop of the CCJ having denied its efforts in December 2017 to have the local Court of Appeal “urgently” adjudicate its application to prevent the closure of the two sugar estate. The CCJ indicated to GAWU then that it must exhaust all local avenues before it can bring a matter at that level.Union leaders had contended that the acting Chief Justice “erred” in denying the application. Nevertheless, Government went through with plans to close the said estates, which led to the dismissals of over 3000 workers which affected many families and the local business economies. It was in May 2017 that Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). However, the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) which was mandated to handle the divestment of the closed estates noted that East Demerara and Skeldon will be temporarily re-opened to attract private investors.International accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, was recruited by Government to evaluate GuySuCo’s assets for privatisation and divestment. The firm commenced its works in January 2018. The Private Sector, civil society and other interest groups have long decried the closures of estates, with many saying that the country’s overall economy and the village economies declined, putting social strain on families. It was also noted that in many instances, multiple members of the same household, including some husbands and wives, were employed within the sugar industry.Another Estate, Wales, was closed in December 2016 as this saw over 1000 workers being displaced. To date, many workers are still to receive their severance payments.last_img read more