… in brief

first_img… in briefOn 3 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Thisweek’s news in briefTribunalsrethinkTheEmployment Tribunals Regulations 2001 were laid before Parliament last week.They include new powers to strike out ill-founded claims, and an increase tothe costs that can be awarded to an applicant. The regulations are due to comeinto force on 18 April 2001.  www.dti.gov.ukRedtape pledge WilliamHague, leader of the Conservative Party, pledged to only promote those ministerswho managed to reduce regulation if the Tories are elected to power.Hemade his promise at the British Chambers of Commerce National Conference andExhibition last week when he stressed his determination to ease the burden ofred tape on business in the UK.  www.britishchambers.org.ukPMhears concernsPrimeMinister Tony Blair told employers he is listening to their concerns over plansto give women the right to return to work part-time after having a child.Employersat the British Chambers of Commerce conference in London claimed that extrarights for new mothers would increase costs. www.britishchambers.org.ukPosthumousawardAcable TV worker made legal history last week when he won his unfair dismissalcase posthumously – some two years after his death. Simon Haddon was sacked byTelewest Communications because he was taking too much time off for his kidneydialysis treatment. AnimalclimbdownTwoCity firms have severed their links with animal testing company Huntingdon LifeSciences after a campaign of harassment by animal rights extremists.WinterfloodSecurities and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein who financially backed HuntingdonLife Sciences have been the target of protests led by the Stop HuntingdonAnimal Cruelty group. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Beirut port blast crater 43 meters deep: Security official

first_imgThe huge chemical explosion that hit Beirut’s port, devastating large parts of the Lebanese capital and claiming over 150 lives, left a 43-meter deep crater, a security official said Sunday.The blast Tuesday, which was felt across the county and as far as the island of Cyprus, was recorded by the sensors of the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS) as having the power of a magnitude 3.3 earthquake.It was triggered by a fire in a port warehouse, where a huge shipment of hazardous ammonium nitrate, a chemical that can be used as a fertilizer or as an explosive, had languished for years, according to authorities. “The explosion in the port left a crater 43 meters deep,” the Lebanese security official told AFP, citing assessments by French experts working in the disaster area.The crater is much larger than the one left by the enormous blast in 2005 that killed former prime minister Rafic Hariri, which measured 10 meters across and two meters deep, according to an international tribunal investigating his murder.French rescue and police teams are among a much larger group of international emergency response specialists that has flooded into Lebanon to ease pressure on local authorities unable to cope with the disaster relief on their own.Qatari, Russian and German rescuers are also working at the port blast site. The huge blast also wounded at least 6,000 people and displaced more than 300,000 from their destroyed or damaged homes. The revelation that the chemicals had languished for years like a ticking time-bomb in the heart of the capital has served as shocking proof to many Lebanese of the rot at the core of the state apparatus.Demonstrators on Sunday called for renewed anti-government rallies after a night of angry protests saw them storm several ministries before they were expelled by the army.It was a new tactic for a protest movement that emerged last October to demand the removal of a political class long accused of being inept and corrupt.center_img Topics :last_img read more