Argentina’s rightist regime attacks public workers

first_imgArgentina’s rightist government, led by newly elected President Mauricio Macri of the Cambiemos political coalition, has terminated the employment of 10,000 federal and state employees in the first seven days of 2016. Macri won the second round of a close election against Daniel Scioli of the center-left faction of the Frente para la Victoria (an electoral front) and the Justicialista Party  (a continuation of the Peronist Party) in November.Senate workers protest imminent layoffs in Buenos Aires.From May 2003 until last November, former President Nestor Kirchner, who died in 2007, and his widow, President Cristina Fernandez, had set the tone for Argentine politics. While not challenging the capitalist system, they implemented a moderate social democratic program that provided some benefits for the poor and the working class — compared with the neoliberalism of the 1990s — and maintained some independence of Argentina from U.S. imperialist domination.  Cambiemos is a coalition of market oriented Argentine business elites that openly promises neoliberalism and closer adherence to U.S. interests. In brief, neoliberalism means using government to shift wealth from the poor and workers to the capitalists and foreign investors. The shift in Argentina is part of a wave of U.S. instigated attacks on progressive and pro-socialist governments in Latin America, especially Venezuela and Bolivia but including Brazil and Argentina.Immediately after Macri entered office on Dec. 10, he and the newly appointed cabinet of ministers created a new ministerial office termed the “Ministry of Modernization.” This ministry was to “review” the jobs of 24,000 public sector workers. Then, on Jan. 6, some 10,000 of these employees were laid off.One of the first acts of a neoliberalist regime in any country is to implement a “downsizing” of the public sector. This includes cutting any social welfare and/or safety net program that is typical of the capitalist welfare state, but which they find no longer sustainable. This recipe is the modus operandi for capitalism at a dead end. It demands austerity for the workers and a government that follows the dictates of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other imperialist mechanisms.The Macri campaign’s promises to his capitalist and imperialist promoters are reflected in the words of his vice president, Gabriela Michetti, who called the fired workers “political activists” appointed by the former government and promised to get rid of them. (Telesur, Jan. 6)It is common in any capitalist government where different parties replace each other to purge the public appointees as well as elected officials of the defeated opposition party. The actions of the Macri regime, however, target  masses of public worker jobs for the chopping block, and not so much the administrators. Michetti derogatorily referred to these workers as being “ñoquis” (a pasta dish), that in colloquial terminology is used to describe “unproductive public service workers.”Public worker unions fight backBoth the Union of Civil Employees of the Nation (UPCN) and the Association of State Workers (ATE), representing tens of thousands of public workers, took to the streets to protest the cuts as an injustice. TeleSUR reported that  ATE leader Hugo Godoy labeled the cutbacks “a grave situation” and stated, “The union is preparing to take further steps to secure labor stability for the country’s 3 million public sector workers,” including 600,000 who are marginally employed.Godoy added, “We are in a state of alert and mobilization and are taking measures everywhere there are layoffs.”On Jan. 8, ATE declared a national strike against the government and its plan to destroy public jobs and devalue the currency amid future plans to open up the country to more foreign transnational companies. These actions are consistent with Cambiemos’ pliant and conciliatory prostration before monopoly capitalism and imperialism.In Argentina’s La Plata municipality, police attacked strikers with tear gas and rubber bullets that left several wounded. According to the Jan. 9 newspaper La Nación, “The workers were protesting a decision by local mayor Julio Garro that cancelled the 4,500 contracts on Dec. 31.”Both ATE and UPCN have petitioned for an injunction to suspend Michetti’s actions. What is clear is that the tension within the context of class conflict is growing and is already moving past the setback at the ballot box to a struggle in the streets and workplaces.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Supreme Court To Hear Fresh PIL Seeking Probe Into Rafale Deal After Two Weeks

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court To Hear Fresh PIL Seeking Probe Into Rafale Deal After Two Weeks LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 April 2021 12:56 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday agreed to list after two weeks a PIL seeking inquiry into the Rafale deal in the light of recent reports in a French news portal alleging payment of bribe by Dassault Aviation to an Indian middleman.Advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, who filed by petition, mentioned the matter before the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde today.Without mentioning what the case was about,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday agreed to list after two weeks a PIL seeking inquiry into the Rafale deal in the light of recent reports in a French news portal alleging payment of bribe by Dassault Aviation to an Indian middleman.Advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, who filed by petition, mentioned the matter before the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde today.Without mentioning what the case was about, Sharma said that he was making a request for the listing of a new petition filed by him before the retirement of CJI Bobde on April 23.”I am going to miss one of the finest Chief Justices this week. I have one request to make a last appearance before my lord. Please allow a diary number to be listed”, Sharma said.He then mentioned the dairy number of his case, 9444/2021, which relates to his writ petition filed on April 6 against the Rafale deal.The CJI said that while he was thankful to the praise made by Sharma, the circulation of the matter cannot be allowed on that ground.”I can say thank you. But this cannot be a ground to allow circulation”, the CJI said.Sharma then said that he was being “harassed badly” and pressed for an early listing of the matter.CJI then said that normally listings are allowed after two weeks and the same can be done with respect to Sharma’s PIL as well. The bench then agreed to list the matter after two weeks.In his fresh petition , Sharma seeks directions to quash the deal to procure 36 fighter jets from French company Dassault Aviation as  an “outcome of corruption and violation of Articles 13, 21, and 253 of the Constitution of India”.Sharma has further prayed for an investigation to be conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after registration of an FIR against the Respondent Nos. 1 and 2, which includes current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under PC Act of 1988, read with Sections 409, 420 and 120-B of IPC and Section 3 of the Official Secret Act, 1923. He has sought for the report to be filed before the Apex Court. The plea is an outcome of an investigation report by France’s anti-corruption agency, Agence Française Anticorruption (AGA), wherein it was declared that Dassault had paid a bribe of 1 million Euros to middlemen in India. “Due to political pressure, prosecution upon AFA’s report has been suspended/stayed. It’s a serious offence under Secret Act, 1923, injuries financial and defence to the country. It’s violated Art. 21 and 13 of the Constitution of India”, submits the plea and calls for the investigation report to be brought before the Court. Delineating the sequence of events, the plea raises the questions as to whether the impugned agreement, being an “outcome of bribe and stolen secret papers of jet fighters from Defence Ministry is liable to be quashed or not”, whether the Respondents are to be prosecuted under Section 3 of the Official Secrets Act, read with Sections 420, 120B and 409 of IPC and the PC Act, and whether the impugned agreement can be treated as a treaty between the two countries or a valid international agreement within Article 102 of the UN Charter. Contending that the contract was procured by fraud and corruption, and is therefore void ab-initio, the plea seeks quashing of the same. Sharma had filed a writ petition in 2018 seeking enquiry into the Rafale deal, which was dismissed in December 2018.Later, in November 2019, the Supreme Court dismissed review petitions that had been filed against the December 14, 2018 judgement which declined to order probe into the corruption allegations regarding the deal to procure 36 Rafale jets by Indian Government from the French company Dassault Aviation. A Bench comprising of then CJI Ranjan Gogoi, and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph had observed that the review petition filed by Advocate Prashant Bhushan, former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie lacked merits. The review pleas had been filed on the ground that certain documents had been leaked by the media which showcased that the Government had suppressed material information from the Court. Click Hear To Download/Read PetitionSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Queen’s finally halt the Worcester juggernaut

first_imgWorcester’s unshakable domination at the top of the premier division was finally ended by a powerful Queen’s side last Wednesday. In a tightly fought match the resurgent Queen’s side, previously pointless in the league, left with a well-earned point.   Worcester had previously recorded three wins from three, scoring over a dozen goals in the process and knocking holders Balliol out of cuppers. But the cancellation of the centaurs’ match saw Queen’s strengthened by a number of players from the University second team, a more challenging prospect than had encoutered thus far. Queen’s were able to shackle them successfully with hard working, aggressive and composed performances in midfield. As a result, never managed to assert themselves on this game as in previous weeks.From the off the confident swagger Worcester has earned this season was rattled. A twenty-yard strike from Queen’s simon Lennox on the stroke of fifth minute left rattled Worcester keeper Dave Quiggley beaten and only the woodwork prevented a surprise early lead. Offering the tantalising prospect of the goal fest we were all hoping for, Queen’s patience was rewarded early on with a perfectly positioned free kick from the left. The industrious Kirosh Nikbin struck the ball crisply into the heart of worcester’s defence to be beautifully converted by Captain Paul Gorrie.This proved to be the wake-up call Worcester needed to get their game in order. The remainder of the first half was commanded easily by the Worcester midfield who looked to be gaining the upper hand. It was not long before prolific fresher Toogood was in on goal only to be denied by a desperate clearance off the line.Worcester kept piling forward to try and preserve their unbeaten run, and were rewarded in fine style after Chris Beanland slotted the ball home from a nicely taken corner from sam rowlands, levelling the scores and dealing a psychological blow to Queen’s before half time.The second half saw neither team establish any dominance of the pitch in what was a hard fought and physical midfield battle. Worcester were unable to maintain the pressure they had piled on at the end of the first half, but Captain Lucian Weston gave a determined and diligent performance that was surely worth man-of-the-match to rouse his troops. The game was up for grabs as it suddenly came back to life in the last ten minutes of the second half. In what was a nail-biting finish it looked as though Queen’s were going to take the three points as Nikbin found himself in space on three occasions only to put the ball narrowly wide. In Queen’s captain Gorrie’s eyes “the Queen’s season starts here”. However, Worcester will not be displeased. up against a side containing players of a calibre they are unlikely to meet again in the league, they held onto their unbeaten record and remain top ofARCHIVE: 6th week MT 2005last_img read more

Next city, Bayonne, does not need a satellite ER

first_imgDear Editor:I am writing this letter with deep concern about what is taking place in my community. I have lived in the Greenville community for numerous years, and we are considered the forgotten Ward. I have recently found out about JCMC wanting to open a Satellite ER in the city of Bayonne on the backs of Greenville residents. This comes to show how JCMC operates by turning its back on black and brown families in Greenville. I believe having access to quality healthcare is extremely important in my community. That being said, I am asking the State of New Jersey Commissioner of Health to deny JCMC a license to open a Satellite ER in Bayonne. JCMC needs to be held accountable for its actions in Greenville. I’m urging my fellow residents to sign the petition by Coalition for Greenville Health Access and let’s do what’s right for our community. Tasha Ellislast_img read more

That Time Your Weekend Getaway Felt More Like A Retreat.

first_imgLet the moments begin in Chesapeake.The Greatest OutdoorsAs the world moves at a blistering speed, it’s time to catch your breath in the great outdoors. All year long, you can unplug in Chesapeake and focus on the good stuff. Like 22 miles of windless water that provides some of the best of kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing on the planet. Not to mention the best hiking, fishing, crabbing, birding, camping, shopping and more!North West River Park and Campground – 763 acres of majestic parkland that includes a seven-trail system totaling nearly eight miles – the perfect place for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. There’s also stellar crabbing and a 40-acre-lake stocked with bass, trout and catfish. Bring your rods and reel in the memories.The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge – is rich in history and activities. Recognized by Smithsonian Magazine and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, for thousands of years, this area was home to Native Americans and run-away slaves. Today, with over 112,000 acres of forest, thousands of visitors flock here each year to camp, fish, hike, boat, bird watch and cycle.Wine, Dine, Shop, Repeat.For the best of indoor activities, you can shop to your heart’s content and get your fill of a range of regional cuisines, by way of a food scene that appeals to every taste. And with an abundance of farmers’ markets, working farms and dairies you can also find a great selection of locally prepared foods and artisanal goods such as soups, ice cream, coffee and beer. Spring is always an Event.Chesapeake Eggstravaganza – Saturday, March 31, 2018 Free at Chesapeake City park, children 8-and-under can hunt for Easter eggs and join Peter Cottontail for a picture. For details, visit http://www.visitchesapeake.com/events/?action=displayDetail&EventID=8905Dismal Swamp Stomp Running Festival – Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8AMRunners take a 13.1-mile journey alongside the Dismal Swamp Canal – complete with forested wetlands and a peaceful paved pathway through the wilderness. Also returning this year is the Children’s Half-Mile Cub Run – a half-mile out-and-back fun run for kids 12 and under.5K run/walk – If a half marathon is more then you want to tackle, try the 5K run/walk.For details, visit http://www.visitchesapeake.com/things-to-do/sports-outdoor-recreation/dismal-swamp-half-marathon/Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Migration Celebration – Thursday – Saturday, April 26 – 28, 2018Chesapeake has been a sanctuary for birds and bird watchers since the 17th century. Home to more than 200 species, the birding is superb all year round, but Springtime is particularly popular. Serious birdwatchers will delight in catching a glimpse of the Swainson’s Warbler and the Wayne’s Warbler, two of the most secretive and least observed of all of North American birds.  Birders can also catch a peek of the White-throated Sparrow, the graceful Great Egret and even the regal Bald Eagle, to name a few. So grab your binoculars and make a plan to come on out to the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival. For details, visit http://www.visitchesapeake.com/things-to-do/events/Chesapeake Visitor Center1224 Progressive DriveChesapeake, Virginia 23320http://www.visitchesapeake.com/last_img read more

The Final Word: Syracuse defeats Colgate, 21-14, in season-opener

first_img Published on February 8, 2020 at 12:51 am Comments No. 5 Syracuse (1-0) started its 2020 season with a 21-14 victory over Colgate (0-2) on Friday afternoon, headlined by Chase Scanlan’s seven goals in his SU debut. The Loyola transfer took 12 of the Orange’s 65 shots — the first glimpse at new offensive coordinator Pat March’s offense — and help Syracuse avoid a second consecutive upset at the hands of the Raiders to open a season.Our beat writers broke down the Orange’s win after the game.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins begins rehabbing & “highly unlikely” to return for playoffs

first_imgOAKLAND – The last time the Warriors saw DeMarcus Cousins, he hobbled off the court in pain. So when the Warriors saw Cousins at the practice facility exactly a week after suffering a likely … WATCH: Stephen Curry on DeMarcus Cousins being on the disabled list.Click here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device.Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!last_img

CNN.com Gets a Radical Redesign

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… More Emphasis on Video – Including Videos from TEDAt today’s press event, CNN also stressed that the new site will integrate more of its TV product. Instead of keeping video and text separate, the new CNN.com will bring the two together. 50% of CNN’s users already watch both the video and read the story, so bringing the two closer together is a smart move for CNN. CNN also announced a partnership with TED, which will bring TED videos to a completely new audience.NewsPulse The new homepage will also have a new feature called ‘NewsPulse.’ This will allow users to reorganize news stories by correspondent, subject, or keyword. Today’s press event was low on specifics, but this looks like a good way to personalize CNN’s homepage and to find interesting content on the site.Similarity to CNN GoCNN also recently launched CNN Go, which focuses on news for the Asian market and also has a more magazine-like layout. What About the Competition?We have also heard that MSNBC will soon launch a redesign of its own. While we aren’t aware of any specifics yet, the new MSNBC will focus on adding value to news wire stories by bringing together more material from NBC’s affiliates and a larger focus on interactive elements designed specifically for MSNBC. According to CNN’s General Manager of CNN.com Kenneth Estenson, CNN.com currently gets about 1.7 billion page views and 100 million video views every month. In total the CNN homepage has been called up over 120 billion times since its first iteration in 1996.CNN clearly put a lot of thought into this redesign. As William Hsu, CNN’s VP for News Advertising Sales for Asia Pacific told Exchange4media.com earlier this week, the CNN team “did a lot of research, biometric research, in Europe” (update: a CNN spokesperson just told us that this study was done independent of the site redesign). According to Hsu, these studies showed that very few users ever went beyond the current homepage. Because of this, the new homepage will show far more content but will also make it easier for readers to navigate the site. Related Posts CNN.com, one of the top 25 websites in the US, just announced a radical redesign of its service at a press event in New York City. The new CNN.com homepage will be split up into three parts. On the left, CNN will now highlight breaking news stories, the middle section will feature older stories and a ‘highlights’ section, and the right sidebar will be customizable with personalized weather and sports scores. Right beneath the fold, the new CNN will feature a list of ‘editor’s choice’ stories – similar to the NYTimes’s ‘Inside NYTimes.com’ section. The new site will go live next Monday. frederic lardinoiscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How to Add LUTs in Premiere Pro (And 35 Free LUTs)

first_imgLearn how to add LUTs to the Premiere Pro dropdown menu — with 35 Free LUTs.Top image via Shutterstock.A LUT (Look Up Table) is an incredibly simple way to color grade footage. Whether you are applying a LUT to grade standard footage or using LUTs to bring color back to Log footage, you can do so easily in Premiere Pro using the Color workspace.In this step-by-step walkthrough, I’ll show you how to apply a single LUT in Premiere Pro and then how to add your favorite LUTs to the dropdown menu.To follow along, you are going to need some LUTs to install. Unlike the 14 free Hollywood Lumetri Look files that we have given away in the past, LUT files are .CUBE files that actually work in a variety of programs. Looks are limited to Premiere Pro, but you can use LUTs in Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, and others.For this tutorial, you can download the 35 Free LUTs from RocketStock that I will be using. (You can also check out these 29 Free LUTs PremiumBeat has rounded up before.)Applying LUTs in Premiere Pro CC 2017If you are just applying a single LUT to your footage, an easy approach is to use the Browse… function and select the LUT from your downloads folder.In Premiere Pro, open the Color workspace by clicking the Color tab at the top center of Premiere Pro. Click on the clip you want to work with.In the Lumetri panel, open the Basic Correction tab.Under Basic Correction, select the Input LUT dropdown menu, and click on Browse…Go to the 35 Free LUTs folder and select the LUT of your choice.Here’s another brief look at how you can LUTs into Premiere Pro: As of now, you’re only able to add LUTs to Premiere Pro, one at a time. However, Adobe has recently informed us of an upcoming update, allowing users to add multiple LUTs at once.Want more on LUTs and color grading? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more