Rift in Delhi Cong widens as Chacko dilutes Dikshits powers

first_imgNew Delhi: Stating that Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit is “not keeping well”, AICC incharge PC Chacko on Wednesday authorised the three working presidents to hold meetings of district and block committee heads and take decisions, seen as an attempt to dilute her powers amid a deepening turf war between the two.Chacko wrote to Dikshit apprising her of his decision following which she issued an “action note” of her own assigning different set of responsibilities to the working presidents. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticDikshit’s aides said that she was in hospital for a routine check up and was discharged on Monday, and alleged that “rumours” were being spread about her health. In his letter, Chacko expressed displeasure that his earlier directions were not implemented and some “so-called spokespersons” of the party were issuing “irresponsible” statements and questioning the decisions of All India Congress Committee (AICC) incharge. He said that Assembly elections in Delhi are a few months away and the working of Delhi Congress Committee has to be streamlined as early as possible. “As you are not keeping well and hospitalised and I did not receive any reply to my letters, in the interest of the party, I am authorising the working presidents to hold meetings of district and block presidents in their respective areas and take appropriate decisions to activate the party and report to you the decisions taken,” Chacko wrote to Dikshit.last_img read more

Former PM Harper congratulates Hungarys populist leader on election victory

first_imgOTTAWA – Former prime minister Stephen Harper raised eyebrows Monday when he publicly offered his congratulations to Viktor Orban, after the controversial leader was re-elected as prime minister of Hungary.In a tweet late Monday, Harper congratulated Orban — whose election platform openly demonized migrants and asylum seekers in Europe as a security threat — for winning “a decisive fourth term” for his Fidesz party, which now holds a two-thirds majority in Hungary’s national legislature.In February, Harper was unanimously elected chairman of the International Democratic Union (IDU), a centre-right organization made up of more than 80 conservative political parties worldwide, including Orban’s Fidesz.“Congratulations to Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Hungary’s Fidesz for winning a decisive fourth term! The IDU and I are looking forward to working with you,” Harper tweeted.The post prompted a number of Twitter users to point out Orban’s right-wing, populist political ideology and controversial political policies.Pollster Frank Graves, president of Ekos Research Associates, said he was so surprised by the former Conservative prime minister’s tweet, he thought Harper’s account had been hacked.“Mr. Harper is a pretty shrewd character and I thought it, frankly, showed a lack of judgment on his part,” Graves said Tuesday in an interview.“There’s a lot of deep skepticism about Mr. Orban and particularly his policies such that I would have thought this would be an area where you would want to give a pass.”The former prime minister did not respond directly to requests for comment, but Rachel Curran, a senior associate at Harper’s consulting company, Harper & Associates, said the tweet was simply a standard communication about the activity of a member party.“He’s not pronouncing on the merits of Mr. Orban’s government or his political campaign, he’s simply congratulating him as a successful member of the IDU who recently received a massive democratic mandate from Hungarians,” Curran said.Some people have been using the tweet to “get a shot at Mr. Harper,” she added.Curran stressed that it would be inappropriate for Harper to comment or interfere in the domestic politics of any member of the IDU. But she added Harper is interested in looking at ways to make the organization more active and effective.“That’s just who Mr. Harper is. He’ll try and put his own stamp on the organization and get it doing something useful and productive.”Canada’s Liberals wasted little time in seeking to capitalize politically on the tweet.Marco Mendicino, parliamentary secretary for justice, called on Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Conservative MP Tony Clement to denounce Harper’s congratulatory message to Orban, or risk being tied to it.Clement is vice-chairman of the IDU and Scheer has close personal ties with Harper, Mendicino said.“It’s time for Mr. Scheer and Mr. Clement and others in the party to and say, ‘We don’t support the kind of heavy-handedness that we see in Mr. Orban’.”International observers of the Hungarian election from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe issued a statement saying “intimidating and xenophobic rhetoric” from state-run media and “opaque campaign financing” limited the opportunity for genuine political debate during the campaign.Regardless of his roles and responsibilities with the IDU, Harper’s tweet could be interpreted as a him being happy about Orban’s electoral success, Graves said.“It’s very controversial whether this is a good or bad thing and what kind of forces are at play here,” he said of Oban’s electoral victory.“I just think this is not a good area to be saying, ‘I’m really happy Mr. Orban won this,’ because there certainly going to be a lot of people in the advanced, western societies who would not share that view.”last_img read more

Moroccan AMO Association Introduces 2030 Plan to End Child Abandonment

Rabat – The Moroccan Association for Orphans (AMO) has introduced a national plan to have “a Morocco without abandoned children” by 2030, urging the government to support single mothers to discourage them from abandoning their children.During its second National Forum on Orphans from February 9-10 in Casablanca—themed “The abandonment of children in Morocco, a tragic reality”—AMO stressed that abandoned children in Morocco are living a bitter reality and “real tragedy,” even in centers and orphanages. AMO’s plan seeks alternative solutions to the children’s plight, proposing to the Moroccan government and all legal entities concerned with family and children’s rights in the country to provide support for single mothers who abandon their children because of social and economic difficulties. The association calls for the government to provide unwed mothers with legal protection, impose DNA tests to identify the children’s fathers so they can also take responsibility, and remove penalties against unwed mothers.Read Also: UNICEF: Moroccan Media Do Poorly in Educating ChildrenGiving birth out of wedlock is illegal in Morocco. Article 446 of the Moroccan Penal Code stipulates that a person, if convicted of having sex outside of marriage, can be sentenced to one year’s imprisonment.The association is also calling on the Ministry of Justice to review its strict adoption policies, facilitate the adoption of abandoned children, and to monitor and implement programs to prepare families wishing to adopt a child before allowing the final process of adoption.AMO said that such measures should be taken into account to ensure that children are not abandoned again.Marginalization of abandoned children in MoroccoAMO pointed out that abandoned or orphaned children in Morocco live through harsh conditions in addition to lack of parental love and affection which leaves a negative impact on their psychological health. The organization added that many find themselves unable to succeed in school or in their careers.“Our goal is to break the taboos about the problem of orphaned children in Morocco, and facilitate their integration in family life, schooling, training, and professional life,” said AMO President Yassine Rafya Benchekroun.According to Morocco’s High Commission for Planning, there are an estimated 30,000 orphans in Morocco. Abandoned children are often cared for in institutions and child welfare centers across the country. While some are lucky enough to be adopted, others continue to wait for their biological parents to come back for them for years until they grow up and leave the centers to face new hardships in society. read more

Sri Lanka willing to accept international actors in war crimes probe

He said that while the judiciary was on the right track, it had been politicized over the years. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena has previously said that foreign participation was not needed for an impartial inquiry. The Government says it is willing to consider international participation in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year Tamil insurgency, the Reuters news agency reported.“I think it is only fair that the victims of the war would want some form of guarantee that the new courts will deliver justice and accountability in a fair manner, and for that we are willing to consider the participation of international actors,” Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said at a Washington think tank. The foreign minister’s comments come after the United Nations said earlier this month that it would not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for international judges, but any process must be impartial and independent. “They could be judges, they could be forensic experts, investigators, prosecutors, all these options are being looked at,” Samaraweera said.Many Sri Lankans oppose foreign involvement, and supporters of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa believe the U.N. resolution aims to punish the military unfairly.Samaraweera said the “contours and the architecture” of the court would be worked on in the next five or six months, after consulting with parties including the Tamil National Alliance. The United Nations says the Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebels were both likely to have committed war crimes during the war, which ended with a military victory in 2009.A U.N. resolution calls for all alleged war crimes to be investigated and tried in special courts by international judges. read more

New Tamil Nadu CM writes to Modi on Sri Lanka

Eight Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu where injured when they were attacked allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy while fishing off Neduntheevu, prompting the state Government to seek Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to curb such ‘violent actions’.“Eight fishermen from Pudukottai district were fishing off Neduntheevu last evening when the Lankan naval personnel attacked them using iron rods and wires before chasing them away,” Tamil Nadu Fisheries department Joint Director Sekar said, according to the Press Trust of India. Despite several steps taken by the state Government under former Chief Minister the late J Jayalalithaa to find a permanent pragmatic solution to this “sensitive livelihood issue, the situation at sea remains precarious because of the belligerent actions of the Sri Lankan Navy,” he charged. “The Sri Lankan Navy continues to unleash its reign of terror on our fishermen in the Palk Bay, where these fishermen have earned their meagre livelihood from time immemorial.”“The inhuman and barbaric acts of the Sri Lankan Navy continue unabated in spite of several rounds of talks and meetings between Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of India wherein it was assured that force would not be used against bonafide Indian fishermen,” he said. He said Jayalalithaa had repeatedly pointed out that the abrogation of 1974 Indo-Lanka agreement on ceding the islet Katchatheevu to the island republic alone can restore the traditional fishing grounds of the Palk Bay to the Tamil Nadu fishermen. The injured fishermen were being treated at the Government hospital at Manalmelkudi in that district. Further, a total of 15 Indian fishermen and 107 boats were languishing in Sri Lankan custody, Panneerselvam said. “I request you to intervene personally in this sensitive livelihood issue of our fishermen and use diplomatic channels to curb the violent actions of the Sri Lankan Navy on innocent fishermen from Tamil Nadu.”“It is very important that the Government of India acts decisively to ensure that our fishermen can pursue their livelihood with freedom and peace of mind in their traditional waters of Palk Bay. I also request the Government of India to secure the release of 15 fishermen and 107 fishing boats without any delay,” he said in the letter. Taking up the matter, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said “it is reported that the Sri Lankan Navy personnel boarded the fishing boats and brutally attacked the poor fishermen,” while they were fishing in their “traditional waters. The frightened fishermen, terrorised by the unprovoked and brutal attack of the Sri Lankan Navy, returned to shore immediately,” he said. read more

Number of UN peacekeepers in DR of Congo reaches 500

Spokesman Fred Eckhard said that the remainder of the 260-strong Senegalese guard unit had arrived today in Kananga, one of four sectoral headquarters for the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC). The first half of the unit arrived earlier this week.According to MONUC, the mission of the Senegalese soldiers and all Guard Units in the country will be “to guard UN facilities, equipment and supplies.” The guards will enhance the ability of the Mission’s military observers to carry out their primary task of monitoring and verifying the disengagement of the parties to the conflict.Some 200 Uruguayan soldiers have already been deployed to Kalemie, one of MONUC’s four sector headquarters. The plan also foresees the deployment next month of a second Senegalese Guard Unit of some 280 troops to Mbandaka and the arrival in May of a contingent of 200 Tunisian troops in Kinshasa to guard the Mission’s main Headquarters.In another development, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the DRC, Kamel Morjane, was in Lusaka today to attend a meeting of the Political Committee, the signatories of the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement, the spokesman said. read more

UN helps protect Afghan crops in face of worst locust plague in

A major threat to food production in northern Afghanistan has been averted thanks to a successful locust control campaign coordinated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the face of the worst outbreak in living memory, the agency reported today. Damage to the wheat crop was kept to a minimum although a survey of locust egg beds in 2002 indicated that over 400,000 hectares of rain-fed wheat and more than 190,000 hectares of irrigated wheat were at risk. The campaign treated over 123,000 hectares of locust infestations mainly with conventional pesticides. For the first time in Afghanistan, some areas were controlled with an insect growth regulator in an effort to introduce more environmentally friendly methods. FAO provided spraying equipment, protective clothing and training, together with two international and five national consultants. The Irish non-governmental organization GOAL supported nine provincial coordinators, 11 supervisors and 117 local organizers who led trained spray teams, each of approximately 10 local people. GOAL also provided transport and logistical support. The current outbreak began in 2001. read more

As new flooding hits Bulgaria UN agencies bring help

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided blankets, kitchen utensils, collapsible water containers, water purification tablets and oral re-hydration salts, while OCHA and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are releasing emergency grants.Hundreds of houses have been flooded, some villages cannot be reached by land due to blocked or destroyed roads and bridges, and segments of the main highways and railway system are partially blocked.Last month UN agencies assisted 10,000 Bulgarian families affected by heavy flooding following a Government request for help. read more

UN health agency hails G8 commitment to tackle infectious diseases worldwide

The G8 agreed to strengthen the global network for surveillance and monitoring of infectious diseases, including improving transparency by all countries in sharing information, and also renewed its support to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, along with various other specific health goals, WHO said in a news release.“Today the G8 spoke together on the essential need to tackle infectious diseases, because of their health, social, security and economic impacts,” said Dr. Anders Nordström, acting Director-General of the WHO. “The commitments are detailed and specific, and represent another step forward in G8 leadership on public health.”Dr. Nordström led a senior WHO team at the Summit to discuss the issue of infectious diseases with G8 leaders, underscoring several priorities, including the need to sustain political and financial momentum for scaling up against the major infectious diseases and also the need to manage new disease outbreaks and threats – including a potential pandemic influenza outbreak.The G8’s commitment to tackling infectious diseases was included in a 12-page health outcome document that covered key issues, including surveillance, a possible human influenza pandemic, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, polio, measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases, and access to prevention, treatment and care.The Russian Federation carried on the G8 tradition of supporting polio eradication by committing $18 million to the programme, as did the United Kingdom in Gleneagles at last year’s Summit.Also at the G8 Summit today, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) appealed for more international assistance for education efforts in developing countries, particularly in Africa.“There are over 100 million children out of school in the world today, around 18 per cent of the total of school-age children. However, it is very serious in sub-Saharan Africa: almost 50 per cent of primary school-age children in West and Central Africa are out of school and more than one-third in Eastern and Southern Africa,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.The G8 education document, adopted on Sunday, among other provisions welcomed UNESCO’s efforts to finalize a Global Action Plan to achieve international education goals and to provide a framework for coordinated and complementary action by multilateral aid agencies in carrying out efforts in countries. read more

As UN steps up aid efforts Ban promises necessary action to assist

“I have instructed to dispatch immediately an assistance team to Vanuatu,” Mr. Ban said during a UN University symposium on the 70th anniversary of the UN, held in Tokyo. “We will take necessary action to mobilize humanitarian assistance to these Vanuatu people.”Mr. Ban and other top UN officials are in Japan for the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which is taking place in Sendai through 18 March. Thousands of participants have gathered in the Japanese city to agree on a new framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and curb economic losses.The President of the Economic and Social Council, Martin Sajdik (Austria), issued a statement in which he noted that the full extent of the damage remains under review, and that reports from the UN and aid agencies confirm that people lost their lives and thousands are homeless after the cyclone.“Cyclone Pam is an urgent reminder that disaster risk reduction must be part of national, regional and global development strategies,” said Mr. Sajdik, underscoring the importance of addressing the immediate crisis but also thinking of the medium and long term.“Vanuatu is now facing a major humanitarian emergency,” he said. “There is no time to lose. We, the international community, governments, civil society, the private sector and individual citizens, all have a role to play. We must take action now!”Meanwhile, UN agencies outlined the intensification of their efforts to respond to the needs of communities affected by the cyclone, which hit Vanuatu with winds of more than 250 kilometres per hour and one-metre storm surges on 13 and 14 March.The World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region is coordinating response to the devastation with Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health and other humanitarian organisations to bring much-needed health support to the Pacific nation. Residents contend with storm damage on the outskirts of the capital Port Vila in Vanuatu. Photos: UNICEF Pacific ‹ ›“We are working closely with our partners to get the people of Vanuatu what they need as quickly as possible to respond to this devastating cyclone,” said Dr. Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific. “We have activated our emergency operations centre and put a support team in place to assess needs and deploy critical resources to help in the response.” WHO is sending health and emergency response experts with supplies to Vanuatu and communicating closely with the Governments of Australia and New Zealand, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other organizations to ensure Vanuatu gets the right resources to meet their health needs. UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners are working with the National Disaster Management Office in Vanuatu to set up and run emergency logistics hubs to assure the smooth flow of humanitarian supplies. Deaths and serious injuries have been reported, as well as the destruction of homes and restricted access to health services, food and clean water in many places.Response efforts are complicated by damage to infrastructure, like roads and bridges, caused by the storm, while, electricity is out in many places and phones and Internet systems are down or are unreliable. The extent of the damage continues to be assessed.UNICEF said that it has dispatched additional life-saving supplies for affected communities from its Pacific regional warehouse in Suva, Fiji, to add to emergency supplies pre-positioned in Vanuatu which it is already distributing.“The supplies have been packed today and will be airlifted to Vanuatu tomorrow,” UNICEF Pacific Deputy Representative Isabelle Austin said. “Digicel provided a free airlift and volunteers helped pack the supplies through the night at a warehouse in Suva.”Ms. Austin said supplies included health, education, child protection, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) supplies.Five basic health kits are being shipped, each of which covers 10,000 patients, along with 1,508 school backpacks with stationery supplies. The supplies are intended to respond to immediate needs and to address serious concerns about risks to children’s and families’ health and hygiene, as well as children’s learning and psycho-social needs. They are being moved to Vanuatu as Government and humanitarian partners begin comprehensive assessments that will almost certainly find extensive additional needs outside the capital of Port Vila and on other islands.Vanuatu’s international airport – Bauerfield International airport – will reopen for commercial flights on 17 March and several ships carrying relief items departed for Vanuatu from Fiji today, UNICEF reported. read more

Chad Ochocinco Declares He Will Play Until Hes 40

Well, it was nice while it lasted. As suddenly as a dropped pass, Miami’s Chad Ochocinco is back to being a chatter box. The one-time top flight receiver claims he has another six years left in him in the NFL, although he has not been a factor as a receiver in the last three seasons.“I’m going to play ’til I’m 40 years old, and this year I’m going to show the world I can,” the 34-year-old Ochocinco told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper.And just think: HBO’s Hard Knocks crew has not event gotten to town yet for training camp.“There is physically nothing wrong with me. I want to race Clyde (Gates) right now. I’ve asked him,” Ochocinco said, referring to Gates, whose 4.31 40-yard dash time made him the fastest receiver in the 2011 NFL draft. “I’ve still got it. I’m a lot smarter and I’m still fast.”Ochocinco’s declaration comes less than a month after he was cut by the New England Patriots.A Miami native, he made the Pro Bowl six times, most recently in 2009. He had only a minor role in his lone season with the Patriots, catching 15 passes for 276 yards.“I ate every bit of that humble pie,” Ochocinco said. “I believe it made me a better man, a better player.“The Dolphins are the right team, the right offense. I’m at the good place in my life. Everything fits perfectly for me.”In his career, Ochocinco has caught 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns. All of the Dolphins’ returning receivers have less than a dozen career TDs. read more

15 of the most memorable quotes from Traps Ireland career

first_imgWe would soon learn his favourite phrase… In two games we had very few reactions, we were impotent. Conceding a goal at the start meant that we went to war without weapons and in this situation it is very difficult. But do I have to remind you that it had been 24 years since Ireland were at the European Championships? I must defend the job I have done because it is the truth that I have done well.– June 2012 Under pressure after the defeat to Germany I cannot speak, I am so angry. It is a bitter evening, we played a great game. All the European people saw we deserved to win or at least get to penalties. In my life it is the second time something like this has happened. All I ask is for fair play. There has been a big mistake, the referee could have asked Henry. It’s clear, too clear, two situations.– November 2009 After Euro 2012 Updated 22.45Early on in his new role With that mentality and condition, we have a good team. Two or three young players give us more strength and power, like [Liam] Miller and [Glenn] Whelan in midfield. They are not superstars, but they are very, very important in our midfield. Not every team has a (Cristiano) Ronaldo who makes the difference.– May 2008 …or James McClean Reacting to comments made by Roy Keane Our support is very, very important for all the game. They can be the 12th player in the pitch. We need their support.– August 2011 His most famous quote – said before the Euro 2012 play-off Before the game we made a tactical (formation) with Shane Long, with (Jon) Walters, with (Aiden) McGeady. Ask Shane Long what he said, after this, ‘I have pain’.The doctor, worry, and so in hospital. They took him for a scan. And now he says he is fit, that is idiotic. Is idiot. No, (he) is no baby.– August 2012 Every club, every national team look for you to win. It’s not easy… it’s always a challenge. I’m no Saint Giovanni. I cannot win always but I love my job.– October 2010 They are little details, but the little details are very important.– May 2008 He wasn’t happy with Shane Long Appearing on the Late, Late Show After Thierry Henry’s handball We bought Del Piero at Juventus when he was 17-years-old. He was on the bench and for the second half, I told him to go on. Four minutes and thirty seconds, he scored a goal and I said he will have a great career, Del Piero is fantastic.– May 2012 After their 4-0 first leg win over Estonia On a former player When asked about his managerial position two days ago If I was John Delaney, I say Giovanni continue because Giovanni make great job– September 2013 He has been a great player and had great success. I don’t know if he achieved the same results as coach or manager. I can ask him why? I think for intelligent man, I can’t understand it.–June 2012 Another manager, English or German, would have said take your bag and go home, but I might need him in the game to score a goal. He was mortified (when he was pulled up in front of the squad). If he could have, he would have eaten his words. He was very apologetic. I said to everyone this is not about respect for the manager, this is about respect for everyone. I said the players are your colleagues.– September 2012 On the defensive Don’t jump the gun. In Italy it is other meaning but the same. Be careful the cat, no say the cat is in the sack when you have not the cat in the sack.– November 2011 I have crossed the Alps barefoot and overcome most difficult situations in my career– November 2012 Calling for support from the Irish fans If you write one bad article, does your editor says ‘Okay, you are out’ because of one bad article? I think no.– November, 2012 We are proud of our players. I am a little bit emotional and it’s important because the team believe us. We choose the 11 go on the pitch. Sometimes choose one, sometimes other. But all answer us with the same mentality, attitude, personality.– November 2011 All images: INPHOFirst published 14.03Cats, sacks and handballs: The 8 games that defined Trap’s Ireland reign6 issues that the new Irish manager must urgently addresslast_img read more

Deli worker awarded €118k after claiming her manager sexually harassed her

first_imgDeli worker awarded €11.8k after claiming her manager sexually harassed her The case was brought before the Workplace Relations Commission. File photo Image: Shutterstock/triocean https://jrnl.ie/4561468 Image: Shutterstock/triocean Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments File photo It is clear from the evidence of the complainant that the respondent acted so unreasonably in not addressing her complaints of sexual harassment that she lost trust and confidence in the respondent, leaving her with no option other than to resign her employment. “The complainant, in constructive dismissal cases, is also required, prior to resignation, to invoke internal grievance procedures in order to afford the employer an opportunity to address the issues raised”, Mullis said. I find that the complainant made reasonable efforts to raise her complaints and have them addressed. I find that the respondent failed to address them properly, or at all.Mullis found that the complainant was entitled, in the circumstances, to terminate her contract of employment. The complainant was then awarded €11,850.  Share10 Tweet Email4 Mar 27th 2019, 12:05 AM By Hayley Halpin Short URL A DELI WORKER who claims her manager sexually harassed her with inappropriate touching and conversation has been awarded €11,850 following a hearing before the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). The complainant worked for the company in question from 1 November 2013 until she resigned, claiming constructive dismissal on 26 February 2018. Complainant’s caseThe worker claims that her resignation was not voluntary and that it was brought about by the respondent and their words and actions. In her case before the WRC, the woman said she was employed in one of the respondent’s three stores as a deli counter assistant. She claimed that in early 2015 she was promoted to the role of manager of the deli area of the store, and said she was happy working in the shop at that time. The worker alleged that shortly after she was promoted a new manager was appointed to the store manager position. She claimed that very soon thereafter they started to sexually harass her and other female deli staff with inappropriate touching, inappropriate conversation and constantly asking her to go out on dates with him.She claimed that she told him she was married, expecting that this would dissuade him from these activities. The worker alleged that she brought her complaints to the manager with overall responsibility for the three stores. A meeting was arranged with this manager, which took place on 26 February 2018 and she detailed her complaints of sexual harassment, she claimed. She alleged the manager in question “just laughed” at her and said if she did not like the work environment, she could resign her position. The worker had attended her doctor because of the stress and depression she was experiencing, associated with the harassment, she claimed. Her doctor confirmed to her that the stress was entirely a result of the work environment she was experiencing, she said. The discussion with the manager was the “final straw”, she said, and she resigned from her job on 26 February. She claimed this had been suggested by the manager she had just spoken with. She alleged she was then so upset at losing her job that she decided to contact the owner of the three stores and advised her of her complaints of sexual harassment. She claimed she received no response from the owner. The worker was then contacted by the manager, to whom she had spoken about her complaints, via a letter on 5 March 2018. In this letter, he expresses his “surprise” at her resignation, she claimed. She alleged he said in the letter that she was “a valued team member” and asked “how they could keep her on board” and “if she wished to put forward an official grievance, if she felt mistreated”. He asked that she respond by 10 March 2018, but that “if you wish to leave we will process your termination of employment from the 26th February 2018″, she alleged. The complainant said that she responded to this letter from the respondent manager on 10 March 2018, reiterating her complaints, saying again that those complaints had been met with laughter and the suggestion from the manager that she write out her resignation if she was not happy.She said that she asked for a copy of the grievance procedure to be sent to her together with a copy of the respondent’s policy and procedure on bullying and harassment in the workplace. She claimed she received no further contact. She had sought her P45 as it would be required when she secured another job, but had still not received it by 1 June 2018, she claimed. Respondent’s caseAt the outset of the hearing, the respondent’s representative said they would not be proceeding with the hearing and that she attended only to seek an adjournment of the hearing. The respondent did not attend. The representative claimed they had already applied to the WRC for the postponement but had been refused on the evening before the hearing. She claimed the respondent expected that the hearing would be re-arranged within three months of the current hearing. “I advised that I was not prepared to postpone the hearing, not least because the complainant had been out of work since February, that the respondent had been given sufficient notification of the hearing date and that further delay would be unfair to the complainant,” the WRC adjudicator David Mullis said.The respondent’s representative asked for time to call the respondent and Mullis granted this. She returned to the hearing and outlined that she had been advised by the respondent to withdraw from the hearing if it proceeded. She then left the hearing advising that they may appeal the outcome if it was unfavourable to them.FindingsIn his findings, Mullis said the complainant made a “compelling case, in a very sincere way”.In considering whether there was a constructive dismissal two distinct tests were being applied – the contract test and the reasonableness test.In a separate case, the Labour Court said that “in a case of constructive dismissal the two ‘tests’ may be used either in combination or in the alternative”.“The ‘reasonableness test’ asks whether the employer conducts his affairs in relation to the employee so unreasonably that the employee cannot fairly be expected with it any longer.“What can be regarded as reasonable or unreasonable depends on the circumstances of each case, however, it is an important element of the reasonableness test that the employer has the opportunity to address an employee’s grievance or complaint.” In this case, the WRC adjudicator said: Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 12:05 AM 27,014 Views last_img read more

Tunisian man dies after attack in Thessaloniki

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A 25-year-old Tunisian man died after being attacked in Thessaloniki on Tuesday.The man had been stabbed in the stomach with a sharp object, most probably a knife, police said.He died of his wounds as he was taken to hospital.A witness said he saw two men, most probably of foreign origin, running away from the scene.Police in Thessaloniki are investigating the incident.Source: Kathimerinilast_img

Players Discover a Weird Glitch in Overwatchs Oasis Map

first_img ‘Overwatch’ Coming to Nintendo Switch… In Case FormLego Adds Two More ‘Overwatch’ Sets: Wrecking Ball and Junke… Glitches in video games are not unheard of. They’ve been around as long as the medium has existed. Even the most polished title will have its fair share of bugs and issues. Overwatch is no different. While the title isn’t exactly known for being infested with game breaking glitches, a few manage to pop up every so often. This is a given considering how often the game is updated. Yesterday, a new glitch was discovered.First reported by Dexerto, the glitch in question affects the Oasis control map, though it could technically happen in any of the other control maps. Control maps are broken up into three separate sub-maps. Each of these has its own control point. The first team who wins two of the control points wins the match. Typically, players are spawned to the different maps along with their respective teams. However, in the instance we’re talking about today, one player was spawned in the wrong map; leaving their team short one person. To make matters worse, the stranded player could not kill himself in order to respawn to the correct map since he was in the map’s “safe zone.” They had to leave and rejoin the game to spawn in the correct map.This happened because Control maps are actually one giant map with three entirely separate zones. It is believed the maps are designed this way to minimize load times. After all, it’s faster to send players to a different part of one map than loading up three completely different maps.If you encounter this glitch, it’s best to do what the player in this story did and leave the game and rejoin. GameRevolution reports that if this happens during the first map of the match, it’s best to wait a minute or so before leaving the game. Leaving too soon will end the match entirely due to a player leaving early. This apparently will result in a suspension and a fine of 50 Skill Ranks. Hopefully, this glitch will get fixed soon.If you’re willing to spend $12 for Humble Monthly, you can start playing Overwatch today! This is a steal for this fantastic game that you can purchase right here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Another championship match official for TLC Interviews after RAW in Los Angeles

first_img Pinterest Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Twittercenter_img WWE has confirmed another championship match for the TLC PPV.Ronda Rousey will defend the RAW Women’s Championship against Nia Jax on December 16 at the PPV event in San Jose, airing live on the WWE Network.This match had already been advertised locally prior to WWE’s confirmation, as reported on Monday. Another match advertised locally – Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbon, was also confirmed last night during RAW last night in Los Angeles.Interviews after RAW in Los AngelesWWE uploaded these videos after RAW last night. Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Footballlast_img read more

Turks And Caicos Islands Government Announces New Senior Appointments

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Alexia Durham, Andre Mills, anya williams, Assistant District Commissioner (Middle Caicos), Charlene Higgs, Deputy Secretary Finance, Director of Information Technology, Health Educator, Juliette Arthur-Thadwell, Principal (Eliza Simons Primary), Shamara Parker, Shonia Thomas-Been, Supervisor Wellness Centre DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Dames is first Hospitality Hero Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – The Deputy Governor’s Office announces the appointment of six new senior managers within the Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG).New Senior Appointments:· Deputy Secretary Finance – Shonia Thomas-Been· Director of Information Technology – Andre Mills· Principal (Eliza Simons Primary) – Juliette Arthur-Thadwell· Supervisor Wellness Centre – Alexia Durham· Health Educator – Charlene Higgs· Assistant District Commissioner (Middle Caicos) – Shamara ParkerDeputy Governor, Hon. Anya Williams said: “During the last year we have worked to fill several key vacancies across government and have already begun to reap rewards from these appointments.”“Several of the new senior appointments have come from within the civil service, while others are returning former civil servants and also some new candidates.”She also stated that; “I would like to both welcome and congratulate these persons that will fill critical roles within the TCIG and would like to wish them much success as they embark upon this new journey.”“Together with their respective teams I believe that there is much that can be accomplished and look forward to positive results from their respective areas.”“We aim to continue attracting great talent to the civil service and look forward to these new appointees taking part in our 21st Century Manager and other training programs.” TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membershiplast_img read more

Stolen unmarked police car found in SW MiamiDade canal

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities have located an unmarked Miami-Dade Police car in a canal in Southwest Miami-Dade, one day after, they said, it had been stolen from an officer’s home.Police pulled the submerged vehicle from the canal located in the area of Southwest 42nd Street and 162nd Avenue, Saturday.Police said the gray Dodge Charger is assigned to an officer who said someone stole it from in front of his home in the area of Miller Drive and Southwest 162nd Avenue, in Southwest Miami-Dade, about one mile away from the canal, between 10 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. on Friday. He said the perpetrator also burglarized his personal vehicles.According to investigators, a group of people found the Charger while searching for Liliana and Daniela Moreno. Loved ones have not heard from the Doral mother and daughter since they vanished on May 31.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Encouraging Signs Revealed in Veteran Employment Survey

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Transitioning service members and veterans are showing greater confidence in their abilities, a feeling that is shared by employers, according to the results of the latest Veterans Talent Index, a survey sponsored by Monster and Military.com.“Generally, the process of changing attitudes and building confidence in a population tends to be slow,” said Greg Smith, president of Military.com. “However, in four short years, both employers and veterans have done so with great results. Veteran unemployment is down and confidence in their ability to achieve success in the civilian sector is up, thanks to the tireless efforts of many,” Smith said.Employers are hiring veterans because they are the best qualified candidates and because of their prior work experience, not because they served in the military, according to the report. In addition, a growing number of employers, 88 percent, say that veterans’ skills are relevant to a civilian career. The survey also revealed that location could influence a veteran’s chances of finding a job. The best veteran employment rates are in Ohio, Virginia and Texas, while veteran unemployment rates in Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, Ohio and Connecticut are lower than non-veteran rates in those same states.The report showed that veterans desire to further their skill sets through on-the-job training or enrolling in a college or advanced degree program. Eighty-three percent of those surveyed indicated they planned to use their GI Bill benefits to assist in paying for further education.Despite improvements in veteran employment, gaps remain in companies’ veteran retention programs, translating military skills to civilian ones and transferring military credentials to civilian occupations, according to the report.“Before we declare victory, we still have much to do. Unemployment among our youngest veterans, 18-24 years old, is still stubbornly high at over 18 percent; female veteran unemployment is higher than that of their male counterparts; and one out of every three veterans returns to civilian life with a service-connected disability,” Smith said.last_img read more

Qualcomm exCEO Jacobs drops plans to take chipmaker private

first_imgJacobs left his role as Qualcomm’s chairman a year ago after Broadcom’s hostile takeover attempt for the chipmaker failed. Qualcomm at the time announced that Jacobs was looking at buying out the company that his father, Irwin Jacobs, co-founded. Such an offer seemed to have little chance of success, as Jacobs owns less than 1 percent of the company, which at the time was valued at about $90 billion. Launching an offer for Qualcomm would have required backers with deep pockets.Jacobs started working at Qualcomm in 1990. He served as CEO from July 2005 to March 2014 and had been on the board since June 2005. Jacobs’ most recent roles at Qualcomm were board chairman, a position he held from March 2009 until March 2018, and executive chairman, which he held from March 2014 to March 2018. Qualcomm replaced Jacobs with independent director Jeffrey Henderson as chairman of the board, and it eliminated the role of executive chairman in response to the Broadcom takeover struggle. Last year, Jacobs started XCOM to tackle issues related to next-generation mobile communications, including 5G. The goal is to make everyone’s phone act like a cell tower, quickly routing traffic. At the same time, Jacobs continued to find backers for a possible Qualcomm takeover. But in late 2018, Jacobs decided Qualcomm was too expensive to take private, according to The Wall Street Journal. “As Qualcomm’s position changed, the conditions weren’t right to take it private,” Jacobs said, according to the publication. “However, industry dynamics have created an opportunity for our new company Xcom to drive the development of advanced wireless technologies and we have exciting new ideas to bring to market.” Phones Components Comment Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm’s former CEO, no longer plans to take the company private.  Getty Images Qualcomm’s former CEO won’t take the company private after all.Paul Jacobs has dropped his attempts to buy the chipmaker, according to The Wall Street Journal. Instead, he plans to focus on his new wireless technology company, called XCOM, the publication said. Qualcomm declined to comment. Jacobs couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Virtually every major handset maker — besides Apple and Huawei — buys Qualcomm’s modems, which connect phones to cellular networks. But Qualcomm, the world’s biggest maker of wireless chips, has been facing litigation across the world for how it operates its business licensing patents to phone makers. Apple, once one of Qualcomm’s biggest customers, sued the company two years ago, and they’ll meet in court in two weeks over the licensing dispute.  Now playing: Watch this: Qualcomm Qualcomm’s ex-CEO departs board, mulls taking company private Qualcomm ex-CEO Paul Jacobs reportedly gets serious about takeover Qualcomm’s former CEO is launching a wireless chip company What the Apple-Qualcomm battle means for your next iPhone Apple vs. Qualcomm: Court battles explained Share your voice 2:13 Tags See also 1last_img read more