Advisers from Pinsent Curtis Biddle answer questions

first_imgAdvisers from Pinsent Curtis Biddle answer questionsOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Advisers from Pinsent Curtis Biddle answerquestionsChristopher Mordue on grievance proceduresQ The new statutory discipline, dismissal and grievance procedures comeinto force in April 2004. Is there anything employers should be doing toprepare? A The new statutory procedures under the Employment Act 2002 will beone of the most fundamental employment law reforms for many years, impacting onthe day-to-day management of all employment disputes. Breach of the procedureswill significantly affect both liability and compensation in tribunal cases.The importance of these reforms makes it essential employers prepare well inadvance. Some details of the new procedures and how they work will only beclear once the regulations are published. But the basic scheme is reasonablyclear and there are a number of steps employers should now be considering. The new procedures will apply to all employees and become part of theircontract of employment. The discipline and dismissal procedure applies to allforms of disciplinary action, even oral warnings, and to all dismissals. Breachby the employer will mean that any dismissal is automatically unfair. What’smore, compensation will be increased by at least 10 per cent and possibly by 50per cent. The statutory grievance procedure will need to be followed by all employeesbefore they make any complaint to an employment tribunal. Breach of theprocedure will lead to any damages awarded (for example, an award fordiscrimination) being increased by 10 to 50 per cent. In advance of these changes, employers need to carefully review theirexisting procedures to ensure compliance with the new statutory scheme. Theyneed to consider how (if at all) they will reflect the contractual status ofthe new procedures in their contracts of employment and procedural documents.They also need to carefully review and reconsider how they deal with employmentdisputes in practice. For example, the new procedures require employers tostart the dismissal or disciplinary process by explaining, in writing, thecircumstances that have led them to consider dismissing or disciplining theemployee. Employers also need to carefully review how disciplinary anddismissal hearings are conducted, what information is provided to the employeeand at what stage, and the length of time taken for each stage. Employers must also consider whether they need any new dismissal procedures,in particular, for dealing with performance issues, ill-health terminations andredundancies, and whether they need to adopt any new grievance procedures todeal with specific types of complaints. For example, many employers alreadyhave specific procedures for dealing with allegations of sexual or racialharassment and it may be appropriate to introduce specific procedures for othertypes of complaint. The new statutory scheme threatens to punish basic procedural errors veryharshly. Therefore, it is vital for employers to effectively communicate thenew statutory procedures to line managers. This can be accomplished through trainingand written guidance on how to deal with disciplinary cases, grievances and thevarious forms of dismissal. This training and guidance should also cover otherrelevant employment law risks, such as unfair dismissal law more generally anddiscrimination complaints. Employers should also prepare for far heavier use of their grievanceprocedures once the new rules take effect. One issue is of time and resources –are there enough trained managers at each level of the grievance procedure tohear the grievances? Will appeals impact particularly heavily on the time ofsenior managers, who might then have to give evidence in employment tribunalcases? If so, could the procedure be changed to spread the time burden moreeffectively? A further change to be introduced under the Employment Act 2002 relates tothe statutory statement of main terms and conditions of employment. Currently,there is no real sanction for a failure to provide this statement or for afailure to keep it up-to-date. From next April, employers will face a ‘fine’ ofup to two weeks’ pay for such breaches. Employees will have no free-standingclaim for this amount. However, if the employee wins any kind of tribunal case,the tribunal must then assess whether or not the obligation to provide andmaintain an accurate statement has been breached and, if so, can impose thefine. Claire Newberry on sex discriminationQ We seconded employees to a joint venture company; the joint venturepartner provided the management team. Now, one of our female employees hasresigned and complained of sex discrimination by a manager. It seems she raiseda grievance against her supervisor and the manager dealt with her grievanceless favourably than he dealt with another raised against the same supervisorby a man – who is also one of our employees. Are we liable for the actions of amanager who isn’t even one of our employees? A Your company may well be liable for the actions of the manager,even though it does not employ him. In a recent and similar case (Victor-Davisv Hackney London Borough Council, 2003, All ER (D) 318, Feb), the manager was acontractor and not an employee of the council. As soon as the council formedthe view that the contractor manager had behaved inappropriately, it tookappropriate steps to deal with the situation. The council assumed that withoutknowledge, it would not be held liable for the inappropriate acts of thecontractor manager. The tribunal agreed. However, it was overruled by theEmployment Appeal Tribunal. The EAT provided guidance in dealing with such situations. The properapproach to determine your company’s liability is to consider whether or notthe manager was acting on authority conferred by your company when he allegedlycommitted the discriminatory act. Your joint venture partner provided theentire management team. It would appear that in carrying out normal managementactivities, the manager was acting on authority conferred (explicit or implied)by your company. Handling a grievance may be classed as normal managementactivities, so your company may well find itself liable for a discriminatoryact committed by a non-employee. The Victor-Davis case concerned sex and race discrimination, but the EAT’sguidance could also be applied to non-discrimination cases. So, the conduct ofan agency manager, say, could saddle an employer with liability forconstructive unfair dismissal. All the more reason, then, for employers tothink carefully before conferring authority on non-employees. If this cannot beavoided, then such arrangements need to be carefully structured so thatresponsibilities are thoughtfully allocated, and that all three parties(employees, managers and employers) know where those responsibilities lie.Finally, an employer who confers authority to manage on a non-employee needs amechanism for addressing any management failures. In the case of your company,this would be by having complaints about the manager dealt with by your jointventure partner as a disciplinary/performance issue. John McMullen on TUPE reformsQ What is the position with regard to the reform of TUPE and when will ithappen? A The reform of TUPE should be regarded as a jigsaw puzzle containinga number of pieces. First, on 13 February 2003, the office of the Deputy PrimeMinister published details of a code of practice applicable to local authoritytransfers of employees to a private or voluntary sector partner as part of acontract to provide any local public service. The code will ensure that contractors confirm their obligations to protectthe terms and conditions of transferring local government employees, includingthe right to ongoing access to the local government pension scheme or to analternative good quality occupational pension scheme. The guide will also applyto new joiners, who must be offered new terms and conditions that are overallno less favourable than those of transferred employees. New joiners will alsohave to be offered a reasonable pension provision which may either bemembership of the local government pension scheme, membership of a good qualityemployer pension scheme or membership of a stakeholder pension scheme with anemployer contribution. Further information can be obtained from the officialwebsite (www.odpm.gov.uk). As for the TUPE regulations themselves, on 14 February 2003, the secretaryof state for trade and industry announced new regulations would be published indraft during the first half of 2003, with a view to placing them beforeParliament in the autumn of 2003, coming into effect in spring 2004. But thecoverage of occupational pension rights under TUPE will be consideredseparately and to a longer timescale as part of the pensions review being takenforward by the Government’s Green Paper Pensions in the Workplace published on17 December 2002. The TUPE revisions, it is promised, will include giving more comprehensivecoverage to service contracting operations (not including those involving highlevel ‘professional services’) with the aim of improving the operation of themarket and promoting business flexibility; introducing a requirement on the oldemployer (transferor) to notify the new employer (transferee) of the employmentliabilities that will be transferring, thus increasing the transparency of thetransfer process and combating “sharp practice”; clarifying thecircumstances in which employers can lawfully make transfer-related dismissalsand negotiate transfer-related changes to terms and conditions of employmentfor economic, technical or organisational (ETO) reasons; and introducing newflexibility into the regulations application in relation to the transfer ofinsolvent businesses, promoting the ‘rescue culture’. Christopher Booth on dependants leaveQ Over the last three months, my PA has been absent from work on a dozenor so occasions in order to look after her son, who has been diagnosed withhaemophilia. While I am sympathetic about her reasons for being absent, and Iam aware that employees have a right to time off to look after dependants, Ineed my PA at work. A An employee is entitled to take a reasonable amount of time offduring working hours in order to take action that is necessary: – to provide assistance when a dependant falls ill, gives birth or isinjured – to make arrangements for the provision of care for a dependant who fallsill The right does not apply unless the employee tells her employer the reasonfor their absence as soon as reasonably practicable and how long they expect tobe absent. In Qua v John Ford Morrison Solicitors, EAT 884/01, the EAT gave someguidance on the determination of a ‘reasonable’ amount of time off in order totake action which is ‘necessary’. – Factors taken into account will include the nature of the incident thathas occurred, the relationship between the employee and the dependant, and theextent to which anyone else was available to help – In determining what is the reasonable amount of time off, this is aquestion of fact for the tribunal in every situation, but the disruption orinconvenience caused to an employer’s business by the absence are irrelevant.However, an employer can take into account the number and length of previous absencesas well as the dates when they occurred, in order to determine whether the timeoff on a subsequent occasion is reasonable and necessary – The right to time off to “provide assistance” does not enableemployees to take time off to provide the care themselves, beyond thereasonable amount necessary to enable them to deal with the immediate crisis.The statute envisages some temporary assistance – The statute contemplates a reasonable period of time off to enable anemployee to deal with a dependant who has fallen ill unexpectedly. Once it isknown the dependant is suffering from an underlying medical condition – whichis likely to cause regular relapses – such a situation no longer falls withinthe scope of the statute once arrangements have been made for the provision ofcare for that dependant, unless there is some disruption of those arrangementsthat necessitates input from the employee. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Visitor Center opened in Makarska

first_imgThe visitor center on a total area of ​​130 m2 will have two info desks and will offer all the information about the heritage and diverse tourist offer of Makarska. From gastronomy, excursions, recreation, accommodation to the presentation of autochthonous Makarska desserts and souvenirs. HRK 600 was spent on the reconstruction and arrangement of the Visitor Center, of which HRK 700 was provided by the Ministry of Tourism, and the rest by the City of Makarska and the Tourist Board. This morning, the Tourist Board reopened the doors of this space, but completely renovated and sophisticatedly equipped. All customers, renters and of course tourists can get all the information about accommodation, but also the sights, wealth, beauty and specialties of Makarska and its surroundings, rich gastronomic offer, accommodation facilities, energy… The area of ​​the Makarska Tourist Board on the Coast of King Tomislav 16 received a new look today after the renovation through a new multimedia center for visitors, reports from the city of Makarska. “We are very proud that with this redevelopment of a truly dilapidated space and unsuitable for a tourist pearl where about a million and a half nights are realized, with this significant project, that has changed forever. Makarska received a representative presentation center” istaknula je Hloverka Novak Srzić, direktorica Ureda TZ grada Makarske.last_img read more

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‘Systemic importance’ designation still possible for pension funds

first_imgThe Financial Stability Board (FSB) has held out the prospect of pension funds still being subject to policies designed to tackle ‘too big to fail’ institutions, saying it would consider financial stability risks posed by the former when it resumes its work – suspended last year – on methodologies for identifying global, systemically important financial institutions other than banks and insurers.The Switzerland-based organisation hinted at the possibility in a report, published 22 June, that sets out its proposals for policies to address “structural vulnerabilities” from asset management activities that could destabilise the financial system or markets. Last March, a consultation by the FSB and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) on which non-bank, non-insurer global institutions should be classed as systemically important financial institutions (NBNI G-SIFIs[1]) suggested pension funds could be excluded.This, however, was criticised by some of the world’s largest asset managers. Falling into line with IOSCO, the FSB suspended its work on systemic risk posed by asset managers in July, saying it would finalise the methodologies after completing its work on structural vulnerabilities from asset management activities.The latter are the focus of the policy recommendations the FSB unveiled for consultation yesterday.The policy recommendations, of which there are 14, address four of five areas the FSB had in September identified for further analysis.The fifth area, which the policy proposals do not address, concerns the potential risks to financial stability that stem from pension funds and sovereign wealth funds (SWFs).The FSB explained this decision by stating that, although certain types of pension funds and SWFs may pose financial stability risks, these vary depending on the size, nature and legal settings of the individual entity.“Therefore,” it said, “the FSB decided to conduct further assessment when it revisits the scope of assessment methodologies for identifying NBNI G-SIFIs.”The FSB will be working with IOSCO when it reviews the scope of the methodologies designed to decide which institutions are of global systemic importance.The review will happen when the policy recommendations for asset managers “are finalised”, according to the FSB.The consultation closes on 21 September this year.However, the FSB said the “relevant authorities” may in the meantime want to take into account the FSB’s policy recommendations for asset managers “in considering their policies towards pension funds and SWFs in their jurisdictions if they consider them appropriate”.Pension fund vulnerabilitiesThe FSB said pension funds “generally” make a positive contribution to financial stability, and have relatively low levels of liquidity transformation and financial leverage.“Nonetheless,” it said, “pension funds can engage in activities that give rise to vulnerabilities, in the event that liquidity or asset reallocation pressures may arise.”It identified three main sources of risk.One is the potential for liquidity risk in some types of defined contribution pension funds, where plan rules allow members to withdraw invested amounts.This means some pension funds are vulnerable to redemption pressures in a similar way that open-ended investment funds are.Another source of risk, according to the FSB, is the build-up of leverage in pension funds.It acknowledged that pension funds do not generally take on significant financial leverage but said “they may take on other forms of leverage”.This could be by investing in funds that take on leverage, engaging in leveraged strategies as part of liability-driven investment strategies or investing in “less liquid” alternative assets.Pension funds’ use of derivatives, for enhancing return and mitigating longevity risks, also raises questions about counterparty risk and the “interconnectedness in the financial system”, according to the FSB. [1] Non-bank non-insurer global systemically important financial institutions (NBNI G-SIFIs),WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to Proposed Policy Recommendations to Address Structural Vulnerabilities from Asset Management Activitieslast_img read more

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McGUINNESS’ HALF-TIME HAIRDRYER SPURS DONEGAL TO FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ULSTER FINAL

first_imgThat must be some hairdryer that Jim McGuinness has in his locker!Jim McGuinness’ hairdryer must have been on full-blast at half-time.A flat-footed Donegal went in at half-time neck and neck with Antrim in this Ulster Championship semi-final at Clones.But a staggering 2-3 in the space of just 13 minutes of the second half saw Paddy Bradley’s side put to the sword on a scoreline of 3-16 to 0-12. It looked like a different side who took to the pitch in the second half for Donegal.Jim McGuinness’ team has started well and led 05-02 midway through the opening half.But the loss of Neil Gallagher through injury and the double-marking on Michael Murphy saw Donegal struggle in the second quarter of the game to take scores.Their seven wides compared to just three for Antrim in the opening period told a tale. But not for the first time under Jim McGuinness, Tir Chonail put in a tremendous third quarter, playing like men whose lives depended upon it.Goals from Leo McLoone and Darrach O’Connor finished the game as a contest as you never saw Antrim pulling back such a gap.A third goal by Brick Molloy put the icing on the cake but by that stage the Donegal management team were already throwing on substitutes to give them a game.Colm McFadden worked his socks off and his brother-in-law chose to give him yet another full 70 minutes of football to keep the veteran on his toes.He could have scored at least two goals on another day but should be happy with his shift. It was a strange game for fans as Antrim never tested the Donegal side in the second period.Frank McGlynn also put in a workman-like display while Christy Toye rolled back the years to prove he still has plenty to offer.Donegal will be delighted by the continued emergence of such young players as O’Connor and also McNeilas.So Donegal qualify for their fourth consecutive Ulster final. Monaghan or Armagh will be an altogether different kettle of fish.McGUINNESS’ HALF-TIME HAIRDRYER SPURS DONEGAL TO FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ULSTER FINAL was last modified: June 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Air France bomb threats

first_imgTwo Paris bound Air France flights from the United States were diverted Tuesday night due to bomb threats.Both flights – an Airbus A380 and a Boeing 777 – landed safely.Air France Flight 65 a 500-seat A380 was operating from Los Angeles to Paris and was diverted to Salt Lake City after the threat was received according to a US government spokesman.Shortly afterwards, Air France Flight 55 a Boeing 777 with 298 passengers a crew operating from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport diverted to Halifax, Nova Scotia also due to a similar bomb threat.Salt Lake City FBI Special Agent Todd Palmer told CNN that “several law enforcement agencies are working to determine the nature of the threats which caused the aircraft to divert.”However no US military aircraft were scrambled.CNN’s national security analysts Juliette Kayyem said that “diversion of flights is the most draconian response to a bomb threat.” “I think right now we take this seriously until we hear some explanation to the validity of the bomb threat,” Ms Kayyem said.However one safety analyst who spoke to AirlineRatings.com warned that this could be new phase in the terrorism war by ISIS.“They [ISIS] could cripple aviation with hundreds of bomb threats,” the analyst warned.Separately Russia has said that a bomb brought down Metrojet Flight 7K-9268 from Sharm el Sheikh to St. Petersburg (Russia) which crashed on Saturday October 31 killing all 224 on board.last_img read more

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South African actress on world best list

first_imgRay Maota Khomotso Manyaka as Chanda and Lerato Mvelase, who plays her mother Lillian. The movie is now available on DVD. (Images: Covering Media) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gauteng Film Commission  +27 11 085 2200 RELATED ARTICLES • SA short films in international festival • SA films scoop awards at Fespaco • SA film wins international award • Cannes triumph for SA filmsThe 15-year-old South African actress Khomotso Manyaka has earned a position on Time Magazine’s list of the 10 best performances of 2011.Manyaka was lauded for her performance as the scrawny, big-eyed Chanda in Life Above All, an adaptation of the Allan Stratton novel, Chanda’s Secrets. The film focuses on the stigma surrounding HIV/Aids.Both novel and film chronicle Chanda’s struggles with her parents’ illness because of HIV/Aids, and the stigma associated with the disease.Manyaka was only 13 when she landed the role, and had never taken professional acting classes before. But her performance has placed her among seasoned actors like Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and Woody Harrelson, also singled out for last year’s best performances.She said: “I’m very proud of myself: 2011 was a great year.”Director Oliver Schmitz said: “It was a tough call, the commitment to make the film with a first-time actress. It was a leap of faith for me and for her, she having never done it before.”Schmitz was also influenced in the decision by the chemistry between Manyaka and Lerato Mvelase, who plays her mother Lillian in the movie, during casting.The Mpumalanga-born teenager, whose star is rising fast, has earned herself a bursary from the National School of the Arts, along with her co-star and friend Keaobaka Makanyane. Manyaka will be in Grade 10 this year.She said: “There’s nothing lined up this year so far so I’m just concentrating on school now.”Time describes her performance: “Khomotso Manyaka was no Hollywood moppet, just a South African girl who had never acted, when director Oliver Schmitz picked her for the lead role in this starkly poignant drama about a family, a village, and a people devastated by the Aids plague.”The magazine said that Manyaka had played the resilient Chanda with “amazing poise, delicacy and grit”.Life, Above AllThe movie looks at how a young girl manages to touch the lives of her community, and shows how courage and strength can overcome adversity.The journey begins when Chanda’s baby brother dies suddenly and the community of Elandsdoorn in Mpumalanga begins to suspect this is because her mother has HIV. They begin to shun her.As a result, Chanda’s mother leaves the dusty town. This forces her daughter, who senses that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, to leave school and embark on a spiritual journey to find her lost mother and put an end to the situation.The movie is dedicated to children orphaned by the ravaging disease.Schmitz said: “Chanda’s Secret is a very dense novel, there is a lot happening in it. But what really moved me was the mother/daughter relationship for the film version.“There is a very complicated dynamic about a youngster that knows what is going on, but is scared to say it, and a mother who is scared to acknowledge the disease she has.”The unspoken matters that lie between mother and daughter, said Schmitz, inspired him to make the film.Life, Above All, which is now available on DVD, has been well received by its audiences and has turned Manyaka into a star to watch in the future.Multiple accoladesThe recognition of Manyaka’s performance by Time is not the first.Manyaka received the award for best actress at the South African Film and Television Awards in 2011, and also walked away with the honours in the same category at the Durban International Film Festival in 2010.The movie was shortlisted by the Academy Awards Committee in the category of Best Foreign Film in 2011.The icing on the cake came when the film made its world premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and the appreciative audience gave it a 10-minute standing ovation.Schmitz said: “Walking out of the cinema, I met renowned movie critic Roger Ebert, who, as he is unable to speak, gestured his positive feelings towards the film with two thumbs up.”last_img read more

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South Africa is ready for nuclear new build

first_img23 July 2015It was ready to support South Africa’s nuclear new build programme using its existing capacities, the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) told Parliament’s portfolio committee on energy yesterday.The committee was undertaking an oversight visit to Necsa’s Pelindaba facilities, in Tshwane. Chief executive officer Phumzile Tshelane said Necsa possessed nuclear standard manufacturing capabilities, and listed its recent achievements.It had exported nuclear reaction chambers to Russia and had supplied products to other international clients such as France’s Areva and Alstom. The state-owned company also manufactured components for the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations.Tshelane said that Necsa would support localisation as part of ensuring that the new build programme resulted in the development of a nuclear industry in South Africa. Necsa also ran an acclaimed Learning Academy from which engineers, artisans and other technically skilled personnel graduated each year.“We are proud of the contribution we are making already in developing critical skills for South Africa, which will also be relevant to the new build programme,” he said.In response to a question on the costs of the new build, the Necsa chief brushed aside the R1-trillion figure, saying it was unrealistic in global comparison.Supply of nuclear fuelNecsa had also undertaken feasibility studies on the production and supply of nuclear fuel to the envisaged fleet of nuclear reactors to be procured by South Africa. This would ensure that the country was self-sufficient and did not depend for nuclear fuel supplies on the few current global suppliers.The company is a key player and a global leader in nuclear medicine, exporting life- saving medical isotopes to more than 60 countries.During the visit, committee members toured the Necsa site, the training and manufacturing facilities, as well as the nuclear medicine and the fluorine plants. The visit, said the committee, was primarily to study what happened at Phelindaba, and to assess if Necsa was ready for the new nuclear build programme.The government needed to speak openly about the nuclear build programme, it stressed.“Government needs to engage the country on the positive and negative aspects of the build programme,” said committee chairman Fikile Majola. “Issues of confidentiality need to be explained where they exist.”Transparency neededThe committee was of the view that the country needed to have a discussion on the procurement process of the nuclear build programme. Members of Parliament needed to engage with relevant stakeholders, said Majola. “We need to remove the secrecy surrounding the build programme and have a public discourse on the issue.”The members welcomed the localisation aspect included in the nuclear build programme, saying this would create employment opportunities and would contribute to skills development.Parliament needed to find a mechanism of a co-ordinated approach that would bring committees together to deal with and focus on the nuclear build programme, said Majola.On the visit, the committee was impressed by the medical products produced by Necsa’s NTP division, particularly those used to detect cancer. It encouraged the corporation to find ways to roll out this product in deep rural areas where people often did not go for cancer screening.Today, the committee is at MegaWatt Park, Eskom’s headquarters, where discussions will focus on challenges facing the electricity supplier.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Blood in Bahrain: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgcurt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#TWiOT#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Protesters killed in Bahrain. In the latest Middle East uprising, Bahrain went into the streets on this week, filling up streets and roundabouts. Last night, however, it went pear-shaped as Bahrain security forces attempted to “close” the square. Between tear gas, tear gas canisters, beatings, rubber bullets and possibly live fire, three have died. Over 200 were injured, 60 are missing and dozens arrested. Crowdvoice, a site run by the Bahrain-based MideastYouth, has been blocked due to their page on the Human Rights Crackdown in Bahrain. Protests and classes also took place in Libya, where one protester was killed. The Libyan government had tried to head it off by warning against using Facebook and arresting several activists. Protests took place for the seventh day in Yemen . In Iraq government forces killed one and dozens were wounded in an anti-government protest. Syria sentences blogger to five years. After removing blocks on the Internet that have been in place for years, as a sop to protests around the Middle East, Syria’s government couldn’t deny their essential nature. They’ve sentenced a 19-year-old female blogger, Tal Al Mallohi, to five years in prison. Detained since December of 2009, she was convicted of “revealing information to a foreign country.”Oh, did we mention Mubarak resigned? After three weeks of intense protest, after a whole generation was mobilized, Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak resigned from 30 years of one-man rule. Mubarak, like Tunisia’s Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, tried various stalling methods. But none of it worked. The people of Egypt were done with him. I confess, I kept waiting for the fall-out, but it keeps not coming. There’ll be a lot of hard work ahead but once the vast majority of a country get behind a change, that’s when it sticks. Currently, Wael Ghonim has set up a very successful Google Moderator page to sketch out the future of the country.Blogger and lit mag editor from Equatorial Guinea leaves country. Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel started a hunger strike to protest President Teodoro Obiang Nguema’s dictatorial rule. He left for Spain four days later after repeated harassment. He cited Tunisia and Egypt as models for his country. Cuba increases Internet connectivity. An undersea cable from Venezuela just reached Cuba. When it goes live it will increase Cuba’s Internet connectivity 3000x. It is far from certain that this will mean more Cubans will be online. One Cuban however, Cuba’s most renowned blogger Yoani Sánchez , is back online in that country after years of being blocked. Her Cuban blog aggregator, Desde Cuba, is likewise visible. How long that will last is equally uncertain. Bahrain photo via Al Jazeeralast_img read more

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Gautam Gambhir credits bowling attack after Kolkata Knight Riders trample Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imgGautam Gambhir was pleased as punch following Kolkata Knight Riders’ massive 82-run victory over bottom-ranked Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens on Sunday night.Gambhir praised his side’s pace battery for pulling off a sensational victory as they defended a paltry 131 to register their fifth win in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League.”Very professional. A lot of credit needs to go to the bowling attack. Not a lot of teams have the kind of pace that we have. We just want them to hit the deck and bowl quick and that’s what they did,” Gambhir said at the post match presentation  ceremony.Chasing 132 for a win, RCB’s chase never took off with Virat Kohli bagging his third first-ball duck in the first over. Nathan Coulter-Nile (3/21), Chris Woakes (3/6), Colin de Grandhomme (3/4) and Umesh Yadav (1/15) wreaked havoc to bundle out Bangalore for 49 in 9.4 overs, the lowest-ever IPL total.”We thought that there was something in there for the fast bowlers. Lot of credit needs to go to the bowling department. I’ve not seen a more impressive bowling attack,” Gambhir added.The KKR skipper further rued his team’s batting collapse but was however relieved to end up with two points.”We didn’t bat well at all. We should have got 160-170. If you’re looking to win the tournament, you can’t bat like that. So if you win batting first, it gives you a lot of confidence,” he said.Kolkata maintain their second spot after seven matches. KKR next travel to Pune for a clash against Rising Pune Supergiant on Wednesday.advertisementlast_img read more

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10 months agoSolskjaer reveals Man Utd medical room now clearing

first_imgSolskjaer reveals Man Utd medical room now clearingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says their medical room is clearing ahead of the clash with Bournemouth.United have won both games since Solskjaer took charge but Anthony Martial joined Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku on the sidelines when being taken ill over the Christmas period.When asked by MUTV if anybody was coming back for the next game, Ole replied: “Hopefully the front three with Romelu, Alexis and Anthony – that is not a bad three to have ready. So towards the end [of a game], when you are 2-0 up, 3-0 up, if you can put players with pace on, then that makes a difference.”So when you score three at home but you know you have three lads awaiting to get on, then that’s great.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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