A solicitor and her practice manager husband have brought the first employment tribunal case attempting to claim for wrongful dismissal on the grounds of caste discrimination. Amardeep Begraj, 33, and her husband Vijay, 32, who are of Indian descent, met while working at Coventry firm Heer Manak. They claim that when they announced their plans to marry, their employers tried to discourage them because Vijay is from the Dalit or ‘untouchable’ caste and Amardeep from a higher caste, the Jat. Inter-marriage between castes can lead to ostracism in traditional Indian society. Heer Manak has dismissed the claims as ‘ludicrous’. Amardeep Begraj told the tribunal that after their wedding she was burdened with too much work compounded by too little secretarial help, and was paid less than the practice’s other solicitors. Her husband claimed that after the birth of their child the firm tried to persuade them to resign. Vijay Begraj, who had worked for the firm for seven years, was dismissed last year. His wife resigned in January. Heer Manak’s senior partner KS Manak said the claims were ‘ludicrous’ and being brought as a ‘smokescreen’ to cover the failings of the individuals concerned. He added: ‘None of the evidence has been corroborated.’ A spokesman for national firm Shoosmiths, acting for the claimants, declined to comment. The case is being heard at Birmingham Employment Tribunal and has been adjourned until March 2012. Caste is not specifically included under present discrimination laws, but the government is currently reviewing whether it should be added as a ground for discrimination.
Officials of all three partners were on hand recently to sign a multi-year contract to produce the show at the Antwerp Exposition Centre, where the event has been held for the past four years.The 5th Annual Breakbulk Europe Transportation Conference & Exhibition is scheduled to take place between 18-20 May 2010. This year’s theme is “Looking for Opportunity.” Speakers will examine economic and transportation trends for the near and long term, with in-depth insight from industry leaders as to where opportunity lies. Over 100 exhibitors are expected to sign up for this year’s show, which will comprise 25 percent more floor space than last year.
Published: February 16, 2017 8:13 PM EST NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) A preschool teacher at a suburban Philadelphia Roman Catholic school has been charged with sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl.According to an affidavit, 32-year-old Michael Barbee, of Yeadon, Pennsylvania, is accused of forcibly touching the girl during nap time. Online court records don’t list an attorney who could comment on the allegations.Barbee teaches at Saint Francis of Assisi School’s Early Learning Center in Norristown.Kenneth Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese, says Saint Francis Parish placed Barbee on administrative leave Friday after learning of the criminal investigation.He says the charges are “serious and disturbing.”Police say they began investigating Barbee after the child complained of pain.Barbee faces multiple child sex assault counts. Preschool teacher charged with sex assault of 3-year-old SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.
Lucinda Ferguson makes some interesting points on arbitration in her letter ‘Final and binding awards’ (22 April), referring to the relatively new Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) scheme. Article 13 of the family law arbitration rules is quite clear. The arbitration award is final and binding on the parties, not on the court (13.3). Moreover, the article goes on to provide that this bindingness is subject to any requirement for the award to be embodied in a court order, and any changes which the court making the order may require. The IFLA scheme offers many things the courts cannot. The entire process is confidential by its nature. The parties can choose their arbitrator. Subject to the arbitrator, the timetable is down to the parties to agree. There can be an expedited procedure if the arbitrator agrees. Finally, there may be a saving of overall costs over court proceedings. Last month, Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division, told family law professionals in Reading that the family justice system was ‘in the last chance saloon’. He said: ‘We have to realise that public finances remain in a dire state and that asking for more money, more judges, more this, more that, is simply crying for the moon.’ As a family law arbitrator in a niche practice offering all forms of dispute resolution, I recognise that the IFLA scheme is potentially much more than another tool in the box. With the court system starved of resources, and its time increasingly taken up by litigants in person, the IFLA scheme may become a very realistic choice for those undergoing financial and property disputes arising from family relationships. Tony Roe, Tony Roe Solicitors, Theale, Berkshire
Dr Idamay Denny The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and the Government of Belize have launched the Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment (Youth RISE) Project. The Project will expand social services for approximately 3,500 children, youth and families in the communities of Dangriga and San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Belize.In Dangriga and San Ignacio/Santa Elena, youth face many socio-economic challenges, including the low attainment of educational qualifications, and increasing crime and violence. The Youth RISE Project aims to expand access and coverage of existing social programs, as well as introduce pilot programs to tackle these challenges. Young people who live in these communities will benefit from training that will focus on basic literacy and numeracy and employability skills; adaptive life skills; along with community programs which focus on social skills.Dr. Idamay Denny, Portfolio Manager, Social Sector Division, CDB, said the Project will address a number of the risk factors for crime and violence, as well as deviant and anti-social behaviors that are affecting youth and families in these Districts, with particular emphasis on San Ignacio/Santa Elena and Dangriga.“Our youth represent the future of this Region and an investment in them represents an investment in the quality of life our countries will experience in the future,” Denny said..The Project will be implemented by Belize’s Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation (MOHD), through the Community Rehabilitation Department (CRD) and partner agencies namely: Delille Academy, Progressive Organization of Women in Action (POWA), Belize Family Life Association (BFLA), Community Policing Unit, Department of Youth Services, Cornerstone Foundation and St. Ignatius High School.According to Minister of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, Anthony Martinez , “The Youth RISE project is an investment in the children, youth and families of the targeted municipalities. An investment to improve life chances, to transform lives, to help individuals to RISE above adversities and achieve success.”CDB is providing funding for the project through a grant of US$750,000, and a loan of US$984,000. Counterpart funding of US$633,000 is being provided by the Government of Belize.The Youth RISE project is an expansion of the Youth and Community Transformation (YCT) Project, which was designed to secure the well-being and reduce the vulnerability of children and youth in poor communities in Belize City. The YCT project is also financed by CDB.
Metrigraphics is a process development and manufacturing resource for ultra-miniature passive circuits and structures. They have announced the large-scale production of micron-scale flexible circuits six or more layers high, with traces (circuit lines) as narrow as 3 microns (11.81×10-5 inches). The circuits are so flexible they can be wrapped around objects with diameters as small as a pencil. To manufacture flexible circuits with such high trace resolution Metrigraphics employs a mix of proprietary and industry-standard processes. These include high-resolution photolithography as well as sputtered thin-film and plated metal deposition. Multilayer flexible circuits are constructed of several independently stacked, aligned and interconnected layers composed of very thin sputtered metal or thicker-plated metal, such as gold or copper, on polyimide substrates. Plated conductive vias connect the different layers as required. Metrigraphics offers via sizes down to a 25-micron diameter. Their products include single-layer flex, multi-layer flex, coils, sensor components, and electrodes (neuro-stimulation). Applications include biomedical implants such as glucose and blood flow monitoring, cardiac simulation and intravascular catherization. Applications also include test and measurement, RF and microwave components, and computer hardware. For more information and to get a quote, visit: www.metrigraphicsllc.com
[av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]MANILA – The Star Hotshots leaned on the surging shooting of Paul Lee to advance to 2016-2017 Oppo PBA Philippine Cup semifinals with a 91-71 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters in Game 2 of best-of-three quarterfinals on Monday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.Holding on to a slim 42-35 lead at halftime, Lee ignited a huge scoring run by the Hotshots in the third frame with back-to-back triples to build a 60-41 advantage on conversions by Jean Marc Pingris and Aldrech Ramos.The Fuel Masters made a run early in the fourth period to come to within 13 points but another scoring surge by the Hotshots gave them the largest lead at 82-56 on baskets by Mon Abundo and Rodney Brondial.Lee finished with 17 points, nine assists and four rebounds to lead the way for the Hotshots, which advanced to the semifinals after sweeping the Fuel Masters in the series.Pingris chipped in 16 markers and nine rebounds, while Jio Jalalon and Ian Sangalang contributed 11 markers apiece for the Hotshots, which will face the winner of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings and Alaska Aces matchup.Rookie Matthew Wright top-scored with 24 points, while Simon Enciso and JC Intal added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Fuel Masters, which failed to reach the semifinals for the second straight conference.The Kings and Aces, meanwhile, will dispute the remaining seat in the best-of-seven semifinals when they faceoff at seven in the evening tonight at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.The Kings kept its back-to-back title hopes alive after beating the Aces, 85-81, in their first quarterfinals encounter on Sunday night at Ynares Center in Antipolo City. LA Tenorio led the way with 17 points for the Kings.The Aces needs only to win once to return to the All-Filipino Conference semifinals by virtue of its twice-to-beat advantage for finishing the elimination round at second place in the standings./PN [/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’Hotshots scorches Phoenix with 30-point win to enter PBA semis’ color=” style=’blockquote modern-quote’ custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Tuesday, February 7, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/sports-Star.jpg’ attachment=’95744′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=” appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]Star Hotshots rookie Jio Jalalon (6) blazes past Simon Enciso (0) of the Phoenix Fuel Masters during their 2016-2017 Oppo PBA Philippine Cup clash on Monday.PBA[/av_image]
Related TopicsBrooklyn HurricanesHunter JeppeMayfield WildcatsSteve Bogas Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. BROOKLYN, OHIO – The last time the Mayfield Wildcats came to the Brooklyn Rec Center, they were blown out by the Brooklyn Hurricanes 8-2 on December 27th.They were determined not to let that happen again in the first game of Baron Cup III on Tuesday afternoon.They needed just one shot in overtime, but sophomore forward Hunter Jeppe made it count, as he scored the game winning goal to lift the fourth-seeded Wildcats to a surprising 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.Getting to overtime was the hard part for Mayfield, as they trailed 1-0 and 2-1, but once they got to overtime they had a lot of confidence which carried over for the win.“That’s what we told the guys once we got to overtime, there’s no such thing as a bad shot, just get it to the net, stranger things will happen,” Mayfield coach Steve Bogas said.“We got one opportunity in overtime, that’s all we needed, and we took advantage of it.”The loss for the Hurricanes came after they collected their Blue South trophy before the game. They scored just a minute in and looked like they were going to cruise to another win over the Wildcats, but Mayfield stepped up every time they were challenged by the Hurricanes.“We just told them what was going to happen, we told them what they like to do,” Bogas said. “They believed in it, and everything went our way.”The Hurricanes beat Mayfield three times during the regular season, 8-2, 10-0 and 4-2, but Tuesday had a different feel for sure.“We were not that confident the first time we came into this building” Jeppe said. “We were more confident this time, and we knew we were going to win because of that game.Mayfied goalie Michael Fink had a sensational game in net considering he allowed just one goal after the Hurricanes scored just sixty seconds into the contest.He turned away 40 shots on the night, including eight in overtime, three of which came after the Wildcats were called for a two-minute minor penalty for hooking, giving the Hurricanes a shot at the win.“I couldn’t tell you how many big saves he made tonight,” Bogas said of Fink. “The guys rallied around Michael, and we took advantage of our chances when we got them.”The Hurricanes in the contest wound up with a huge advantage in shots on goal 42 to 16, but in the end it didn’t matter as Jeppe, who scored the first goal to close it to a 2-1 game in the second period.“It was kind of by chance a little bit that it happened,” Jeppe said of the overtime goal. “But in the end it all worked out.”The Hurricanes struck first as Aidan Supek got Brooklyn off to a quick start just a minute in, with the assist going to senior defender Josh Musarra to make it 1-0.It was the only goal of the period, one that was dominated for the most part by Brooklyn as they outshot the Wildcats 13-4.Brooklyn went up 2-0 in the second on a power play as senior Chad Schnear scored the goal after it hit off Fink and he was able to push the rebound past the Mayfield goalie.The assist on the power play goal went to senior Matt Crossman, and at the 8:21 mark of the second it was 2-0 and all was going the way of the Hurricanes.That’s when the momentum changed, as just 29 seconds later Jeppe got a ricochet in past Brooklyn goalie Jason Edmonds to close it to a 2-1 game. The assist on the goal went to junior forward Danny Popov.It was the last goal of the period, and again after two Brooklyn was dominating in the shots on goal, outshooting the Wildcats 26-9 after 30 minutes.The Wildcats knotted it up with 10:25 to play in the third, as after missing a back door opportunity, Ethan Macula was able to lit the lamp from the right slot to tie the game up.Junior Nick Maurer was on the assist of the Macula goal to make it an even game.Both teams played it close to the vest the rest of the way in the third, and Brooklyn continued to have the lead in shots on goal with 10 in the third to six for Mayfield as the game went into overtime.Mayfield will move on as they will play at 3pm on Saturday against the winner of the Normandy and Aurora game which will be played Thursday at 4:30pm.Three Stars of the Game1 – Hunter Jeppe2- Matt Fink3- Ethan Macula Matt Loede
But it was hardly a performance that will worry the sides drawn this week with Japan at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.Once again the improvements made by Hong Kong under coach Leigh Jones were one reason for the tightness of the game in which Amanaki Lotoahea scored the only try.“It’s been a tough tournament, a lot tougher than last year,” said Japan head coach Jamie Joseph. “The Hong Kong team has improved so much and they really tested us last week as well as this week so we are really proud of the win today.”But the hosts were also helped to a certain degree by a plethora of errors from a Japan team that was admittedly a third or fourth-string side, with most of the big-name players currently playing Super Rugby.The result marked the first time since 2008 — bar 2015 when the same fixture was abandoned due to rain — that the Brave Blossoms failed to get a bonus point for scoring four or more tries.“We are very happy with the results of both matches against Japan,” said Dai Rees, chief rugby operations officer with the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union.“We were able to put them under pressure, and that’s something that we haven’t been able to do in the past. Now it’s important for us to follow up these two matches with wins against Korea in both Seoul two weeks from today and then back here again in June.”The game started with a plethora of turnovers with both defenses showing good line speed.As in Tokyo last week, the physicality of the Hong Kong pack served them well and they had the early edge in territory and possession.And when Japan did get the ball, the visitors struggled to hold on to a wet, slippery ball.The tightness of the game was reflected in the lack of scoring opportunities and the scoreboard operator had a quiet start to the evening, with both Jamie Hood and Takuya Yamasawa missing relatively simple kicks at goal.However, the Japan flyhalf finally got his radar working in the 29th minute when he banged over a penalty from 43 meters out.The visitors, however, failed to take full advantage as their line-out continued to struggle, not helped by an injury to Samuela Anise, and the teams turned around with Japan leading 3-0.Yamasawa extended the lead shortly after the restart with a second penalty before adding the extras to Lotoahea’s try in the 47th minute after the Japan wing had been put away by Kanta Shikao.But with tenacious defense and errors to the fore, there was no further score until the 66th minute when Yamasawa banged over his third penalty of the day to seal the win and the title. KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOS Hong Kong, Brave Blossoms, Asia Rugby Championship, Leigh Jones, Amanaki Lotoahea The Brave Blossoms’ Naoki Ozawa is tackled by Hong Kong’s Phil Whitfield during the Asia Rugby Championship on Saturday in Hong Kong. Japan defeated Hong Kong 16-0 to defend its title. | REUTERS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES HONG KONG – Japan captured the 2017 Asia Rugby Championship on Saturday when it finished its campaign unbeaten following a 16-0 win over Hong Kong.On a wet day at the Hong Kong Football Club, the Brave Blossoms won their 25th title out of a possible 30 and their 10th straight since it became an annual tournament. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5