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  1. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/bff3d905dac61956a9d3e1249f454eb5.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8yMi8yMDE4IDE6MzI6MTkgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1LaW1ITWFzSmJCeHRqTFhZNU1lbnd3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: These are testing times for deposed Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif but it seems his sense of humour has not gone anywhere. The party had a high-level meeting at the Punjab House to discuss the situation after Nawaz?s disqualification by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Maryam Nawaz has ?the best Chanay ever? in Lahore?s Malipura ?This is the best chanay pathooray I?ve ever tried,? she said, and handed Rs1000 to the stall owner While important discussions were held, the former premier telling a joke to his workers and party leaders was also a highlight of the meeting. ?Listen to a joke about horses by Mian Saheb,? tweeted daughter Maryam Nawaz.
  2. KUWAIT: Kuwait has invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to visit, state news agency KUNA said on Monday, as the countries seek to settle their differences over allegations of extreme abuse of migrant workers in the wealthy Gulf state. After the body of a Filipino was discovered in a freezer in a Kuwait apartment, Duterte arranged free flights for workers wishing to leave - an evacuation that Kuwait said was an unnecessary escalation of a diplomatic rift. The Philippines suspended sending workers to Kuwait in January after reports that abuse by employers had driven several to suicide. Kuwait?s Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid al-Jarallah said on Monday that the two countries had agreed to sign a deal to regulate working conditions. ?We proposed to the Philippine authorities to resolve and contain these issues and not to escalate them in the media. There was agreement on this ... and we received a response,? he was quoted as saying. Two planes full of workers arrived in Manila from Kuwait last week on flights provided for free by commercial airlines at the president?s request. The Philippine labour minister has said more than 2,200 Filipinos were ready to take up the offer to be repatriated. It was not immediately clear if Duterte had accepted Kuwait?s invitation for him to visit in early March.
  3. LONDON: The former Oxfam country director at the centre of a prostitution scandal admitted to paying for *** at his charity-funded residence during an internal inquiry into the allegations, a report released Monday by the British organisation said. Roland van Hauwermeiren, who led Oxfam's team in Haiti, was one of three staff members who resigned over allegations they hired young *** workers following the devastating 2010 earthquake there. The 68-year-old Belgian has denied organising orgies or visiting brothels in Haiti, saying he told Oxfam he had engaged in "intimate relations some three times" at his home but did not pay for these liaisons. A redacted copy of a 2011 report from its inquiry made public by the charity said Van Hauwermeiren offered to resign after admitting to investigators that he had hired *** workers at Oxfam-funded accommodation. "During the interview the CD admitted to using prostitutes in his OGB (Oxfam Great Britain) residence," the report said, referring to the country director. The charity has faced accusations it was not transparent about the scandal, which has led to the resignation of its deputy head. The report said Oxfam negotiated a month´s notice period with Van Hauwermeiren and agreed to allow him "a phased and dignified exit" if he cooperated with the rest of the investigation. It added that "none of the initial allegations concerning fraud, nepotism, or use of underage prostitutes was substantiated during the investigation, although it cannot be ruled out that any of the prostitutes were underage". Oxfam has unveiled an action plan to tackle sexual harassment and abuse, and agreed not to bid for any more state funds until reforms were in place.
  4. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/8af45193d14348f34405421a7efbe279.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8xNy8yMDE4IDU6MDQ6MjQgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1ORTlldTAxaHRiNnFVYWF3ZmtQU2VBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] MULTAN: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif will address the people of Lodhran today to thank them for voting in the candidate fielded by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on NA-154. The workers convention will be held at the New Stadium of Lodhran, where a 46-feet-long, 16-feet-wide and six-feet-high stage has been set up. Preparations for the convention went on all night, as PML-N workers danced to the beat of drums in celebration of their leader?s arrival. The NA-154 constituency in Lodhran fell vacant after the disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) former general secretary Jahangir Tareen in 2017 by the Supreme Court. Major upset in Lodhran as PML-N wins NA-154 by-election: unofficial results PML-N won by a margin of 27,609 votes according to provisional results On February 12, PML-N fielded Syed Muhammad Iqbal Shah for the by-poll, while Jahangir?s son Ali Tareen contested from PTI. PML-N?s Iqbal Shah won with 113,542 votes, while his competitor, Ali Tareen, contesting his first election on his father?s seat, attained 85,933 votes. During the by-poll days, the district monitoring officer imposed a fine of Rs40,000 and Rs30,000 on Ali and Iqbal Shah, respectively, for violating the by-election's code of conduct by engaging in political campaigning after the deadline. The Election Commission of Pakistan had also issued a notice to both candidates for their violations.
  5. Farooq Sattar speaks to media outside his residence in Karachi's PIB Colony. ? Geo News screengrab KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar on Thursday denied reports of meeting Sindh Minister for Local Government Jam Khan Shoro and asking him for a list of MQM-P workers serving on government posts. "Neither did I meet Shoro, nor I had a telephonic conversation with him," Sattar told newsmen outside his residence here. He said party activists serving in government departments are being misled and called on "owners and editor" of a private news channel to demand resignation from the reporter behind the story. Commenting on allegations by Bahadurabad faction of the party, the former convener said he has clearly instructed his affiliates to abstain from issuing unnecessary statements. He said that his side tries to respond to the allegations through press briefings and that he does not want these recriminations to continue. Sattar, however, maintained that it was their right to respond to allegations levelled against them. He also claimed that party activists are being forwarded voice messages ahead of a workers' meeting summoned by Bahadurabad faction on Friday. "Workers are being conveyed that numbers do not matter, principles do," the MQM-P leader said, adding, "I endorse this thing. Also it is the organisation that matters, not individuals." He said that he wonders how the workers would be treated by the ones who sidelined a party head.
  6. Thailand's lucrative fishing business is heavily dependent on migrant labour from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos BANGKOK: Thailand is using optical scanning technology to keep track of who is working on its fishing boats, officials said Thursday, as the kingdom tries to curb slave labour and human trafficking that has riddled the low-paid industry. The lucrative fishing business is the fourth largest in the world and is heavily dependent on migrant labour from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos, but documented abuses and forced labour have put the trade under pressure to clean up its act or face consequences. Thailand´s junta, which took power in 2014, led the push to overhaul the industry in response to a European Union threat in 2015 to ban all Thai seafood products unless issues were addressed. But rights groups say abuses have continued despite widely publicised reforms while the US State Department´s 2017 Trafficking in Persons report kept Thailand on its Tier 2 Watchlist for a second consecutive year. At a briefing on Thursday in Bangkok to trumpet reforms in the industry, Labour Minister Adul Sangsingkeo said tens of thousands of workers had been scanned but the roll out was still in the early stages. "The ministry has done optical scanning to 70,000 people who work on fishing boats so that we can track their identity," he said. "Also we´re in the middle of creating a software to read the collected data from the scans." The program, which captures data from the iris, started in October and is part of an overarching plan to register workers. The government is also adopting measures for facial and fingerprint scanning. Petcharat Sinauy, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Labour, said the purpose of the stepped up tech was to make sure workers were on the boat they were registered with and not farmed out to another vessel. "It is to find out whether the fisherman is truly in the list of this ship and has not been sold and rotated to work for many ships all the time," she said. A report released by Human Rights Watch last month said forced labour and other rights abuses remained "widespread" and that little had been done to rein in worker exploitation. Thai police say a crackdown has led to the prosecution of some 100 trafficking suspects and the rescue of 160 victims since May 2015, when the EU issued its "yellow card" warning about seafood products. The government has also reduced the number of fishing fleets and created a hotline that resulted in the prosecution of 53 cases.
  7. Video: Geo News JARANWALA: Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, while addressing a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz?s (PML-N) power show in Jaranwala, galvanised his supporters for the upcoming elections as he slammed his political opponents. Alluding to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Nawaz said his party will push its ?political opponents hard" in 2018, so they are not seen again. "You elected me as the prime minister so how can someone else announce my ouster," he said, adding that whether his disqualification was for five years or life, no one could affect his relationship with the public. "The public's decision will be the final decision." "There is another petition in the court to get me removed from party presidentship, but will you accept such a decision?" he inquired from the rally participants. Referring to his movement for the supremacy of justice, Nawaz said, "I speak about the movement of justice today, which will ensure that a person will not have to deal with cases against their grandfather." The PML-N president also touched upon the reasons for his ouster, a recurring theme in his recent rallies. "Is it a crime to not draw a salary from your son?" Nawaz questioned the attendees of the rally. "I was ousted because of this crime." "I came to the public's court to get justice," he said. "I see the same spirit here in Jaranwala that I saw when I got out to seek the public's support on the Grand Trunk (GT) Road." He reminded the people that he had promised Jaranwala to construct a motorway. "Raise your hands and tell me, did I not fulfill my promise?" he said. "Nawaz Sharif always fulfills his promises." Nawaz further stressed that he ended the power outages in the country during his tenure. "I recall the time when we conducted the nuclear tests in 1999," he said. "Pakistan was on the way to become the Asian tiger, its economy was growing, but Musharraf ruined Pakistan's bright prospects by imposing martial law." During his address, Nawaz also said that the country was faced with rampant terrorism and power outages when the PML-N government took charge in 2013. "We made efforts to counter these challenges and were successful to a certain extent," he said. "But today, Pakistan is being looked at with malicious intentions again." The PML-N president claimed that he had told former US president Barrack Obama that drone attacks in Pakistan were not acceptable. "I told Obama that Pakistan is a sovereign state and drone attacks would not be tolerated, and do you not remember that during my tenure those attacks had stopped," he reminded the public of Jaranwala. Nawaz reminded the public that they elected him as the prime minister and their vote's sanctity should not be targetted. 'Will fight for rights of people' Maryam Nawaz took the stage prior to Nawaz's address and implored the rally's attendees to rise up against the injustices in Pakistan. "Do you accept a Pakistan where the public?s vote has the lowest worth," questioned Maryam. Maryam Nawaz addressed the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) power show in Jaranwala on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Photo: Geo News "Are you willing to accept a Pakistan in which an elected prime minister attends court summons, along with his daughter, but dictators such as Musharraf pay no heed to the court," she said. Taking a jibe at political opponent Imran Khan, she asked the attendees if they were willing to accept a Pakistan where the judiciary was biased toward a 'ladlaa' (favourite). "After God, the public's court holds the most power," she said, stressing that the public should support her "unjustly" ousted father in his journey for justice. Maryam urged Jaranwala's public to rise and punish the 'conspiring pawns.' "We will continue to fight the battle for the right of people," she said. The preparations for the rally were completed earlier in the day. completed. A 120x10 feet stage was set up with PML-N banners and posters placed at different locations. Party workers and supporters have started gathering at the rally site and strict security measures have also been deployed. Photo: Geo News screen grab1 Party workers and supporters gathered at the rally site amid strict security measures taken by local law enforcement. Maryam also shared a video of their drive to Jaranwala, with supporters crowding on roads to welcome them. She wrote: "Both sides of the road to Jaranwala crowded with people out on the streets to welcome MNS. Amazing spectacle Masha'Allah." Before the rally, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique shared on social media that the lion's roar will echo in Jaranwala today. "Even a thousand crocodiles cannot fight one lion," he wrote in the tweet. In another tweet, he wished luck to Tallal Chaudhry and Nawaz Sharif. 'PML-N built motorway in KP' On January 20, deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif criticised his opponents and made many promises while addressing a party rally in Haripur. He said the people had rejected the politics of allegations practised by his opponents, in an apparent reference to political opponent PTI. Criticising PTI further, Nawaz asked what had the party done for the province of KP where it was in power, highlighting that it was, in fact, the PML-N which constructed a motorway connecting the province with Punjab to improve the standard of living for the people. Nawaz flays opposition, says PML-N built motorway in KP Announces free housing scheme for poor after victory in 2018 polls "Did you see their show three days ago? Their politics have been rejected by the people," said Nawaz referring to the opposition's joint rally in Lahore's Mall road area. Referring to PTI Chairperson Imran Khan cursing the parliament, Nawaz said: "he curses the same assembly for which he contests elections and draws a salary from". He added that "the man abused and accused everyone when he cursed the parliament". "I salute those judges who termed him sadiq and ameen." Nawaz further said he [Imran] had admitted to owning an offshore company and other offences but was still let off by the judges. Speaking of his disqualification, the former prime minister said justice should not be biased and should be the same for all. "The scales of justice should be even for all." He also said the sanctity of the vote should be respected and the choice of the people should not be "torn apart".
  8. Rescue personnel and an ambulance are seen behind yellow tape in Bogota, Colombia, June 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga/Files BOGOTA: At least nine construction workers were killed and five injured when a partially-constructed bridge collapsed in central Colombia on Monday, an official from the disaster response agency said. The bridge ? located in Chirajara on the border of Cundinamarca and Meta provinces ? was to be part of the highway that connects the capital Bogota and the city of Villavicencio and was not yet in public use. The cause of the collapse, which sent pieces of the bridge down into a canyon below, is under investigation, Reinaldo Romero ? the head of disaster response for Meta province ? told Reuters. "Up to now there are nine dead and five injured," Romero said. "We are doing a check to rule out other victims."
  9. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/524e938e65b038520b41f03f940c5bf7.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMjQvMjAxNyAxOjA4OjM5IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9K1QwaDJCaXhxdndqWkZtUmhrVWdVUT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers started fighting on Sunday during a ceremony held to celebrate Quaid-e-Azam?s birthday. The ceremony was being held in Aiwaan-e-Iqbal hall and PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi came on stage to address the gathering, when the two factions in the party began to fight. The fight started over lack of presence of PTI Punjab leader Aleem Khan. Aleem's supporters started chanting slogans in his support which agitated the other workers who began to assault the those chanting slogans. The workers supporting Aleem Khan were also later expelled from the hall. One of the workers sustained serious injuries to the head.
  10. Journalists protest against violence during a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the murder of Mexican journalist Manuel Buendia at the Angel de la Independencia monument in Mexico City PARIS: Sixty-five journalists and media workers were killed worldwide in 2017, according to annual figures published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday. Among them were 50 professional reporters, the lowest toll in 14 years. However, the downward trend is due at least in part to journalists giving up working in the world´s deadliest spots. War-torn Syria remains the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, RSF said, with 12 reporters killed, followed by Mexico where 11 were assassinated. They included Javier Valdez, one of the most prominent chroniclers of Mexico´s deadly drug war, whose murder in May sparked a public outcry. The 50-year-old AFP contributor was shot dead in broad daylight in the street in the violent northwestern state of Sinaloa. His last book, "Narco-journalism", recounted the tribulations of Mexican reporters who try to cover the country´s extremely violent "narcos" drug cartels. RSF said Mexico was the deadliest country not at war, saying those who "cover political corruption or organised crime are often systemically targeted, threatened and gunned down." ´Alarming comments´ The Philippines has become Asia´s most dangerous country for reporters, with at least five journalists being shot in the last year, four of whom died of their injuries. The rise comes after what RSF called an "alarming comment" by President Rodrigo Duterte who said in May that "just because you´re a journalist you are not exempted from assassination if you´re a son of a bitch." No journalists were killed in the country the previous year. The overall number of professional reporters slain worldwide, however, fell to its lowest number in 14 years, RSF said. Of the 65 killed, the report said 39 were murdered, while the rest died in the line of duty -- collateral victims of deadly circumstances likes air strikes or suicide bombings. War-torn Syria remains the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, RSF said, with 12 reporters killed The group said that the drop in the death rate may be because journalists were now being better trained and protected for war zones. "The downward trend is also due to journalists abandoning countries that have become too dangerous," it added. "Countries such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya have been haemorrhaging journalists." But the trend is not confined to countries at war, RSF added. Turkey jails most journalists "Many journalists have either fled abroad or abandoned journalism in Mexico, where the criminal cartels and local politicians have imposed a reign of terror," it said. Turkey is the world´s biggest prison for professional journalists, the figures show, with 42 reporters and one media worker behind bars. "Criticising the government, working for a ´suspect´ media outlet, contacting a sensitive source or even just using an encrypted messaging service all constitute grounds for jailing journalists on terrorism charges," the report said. With 52 languishing in jail, China, however, continues to lead the table when bloggers are taken into account. RSF accused Beijing of toughening its "arsenal of measures for persecuting journalists and bloggers. "The government no longer sentences its opponents to death but instead deliberately lets their health deteriorate in prison until they die," it added, referring to the deaths of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and dissident blogger Yang Tongyan, who both died of cancer this year after being diagnosed in prison. Syria (24), Iran (23) and Vietnam (19) were the other top five jailers of journalists.
  11. PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Photo:File MULTAN: In a bid to show its political strength, Pakistan Peoples' Party will hold its rally today in Multan today. Pakistan Peoples' Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will address a rally in Multan. Khawaja Rizwan Alam, party's senior vice-president for South Punjab informed that as many as 80,000 chairs have been set up for the party workers at the Qasim Bagh stadium, and the party is expecting 150,000 people to attend the gathering. The rally organisers have claimed that the stage will have the capacity to accommodate 200 leaders. PPP's Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, Opposition leader Khursheed Shah, Raja Pervaiz Asharf, Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood and other party leaders are also expected to address participants of the gathering today.
  12. Pak Sarzameen Party Chairperson Mustafa Kamal speaking to media on December 7, 2017. Photo: Geo News screen grab KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party Chairperson Mustafa Kamal claimed that a member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supported the workers of Muttahida Qaumi Movement involved in china cutting. While speaking to media in Karachi, Kamal also alleged that MQM workers switched around papers and engaged in china cutting on August 22, last year. One party was formed in MQM after china cutting, he added. ?PML-N is supporting MQM,? he said, adding that PML-N leaders like people such as Farooq Sattar as they are important to stay in power. Kamal also alleged that MQM-Pakistan in involved in widespread corruption. ?We found out yesterday that Hyderabad mayor is involved in Rs400 million corruption scandal,? he said, adding Hyderabad mayor takes a six percent share on each tender. He remarked that MQM is spending the nation?s money in their rallies. ?Nation?s money being used to fund rallies.? Municipal authorities are being investigated for many corruption scandals, he said, demanding that Hyderabad mayor should also be investigated. Sattar requested establishment to bring us to the table: Mustafa Kamal Mustafa Kamal tells Farooq Sattar he is ready for talks for the sake of lasting peace in Karachi PSP and MQM had come into limelight last month after they announced to regroup under 'one name, one election symbol.' However, just a day after the announcement, cracks developed in the relations between the two parties. Dismayed at the response over the alliance, Sattar lashed out at PSP chair and announced to quit politic. However, he reversed the decision at the behest of his mother. Sattar kept reiterating that the partnership between two parties is an alliance, however PSP leaders said that it was a merger. Reacting to Sattar's statement, Kamal remarked that he met with Sattar because the latter had requested the establishment to bring the two to the table. Kamal added that Sattar has been giving the impression that whatever decisions PSP takes is at the behest of the establishment. ?Sattar has been meeting us through the establishment since eight months,? he said, saying that the developments are not just 48 hours-long. Since then, the relations between the two political parties have soured.
  13. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Chairperson Nawaz Sharif shared lighthearted moments with party workers while speaking to them at Punjab House on December 4, 2017. Photo: Geo News screen grab ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Chairperson Nawaz Sharif shared lighthearted moments with journalists and party workers on Monday. While leaving the accountability court Monday morning, he quipped: ?It seems as if Nawaz Sharif will be disqualified in the disqualification cases against Jahangir Tareen and Imran Khan.? Later in the day, while interacting with party workers at Punjab, Nawaz said: ?We had promised to finish load shedding by 2018 but we have fulfilled our promise in 2017. ?Nawaz has violated his promise, we have no option but to claim that Nawaz is no longer sadiq [truthful] or amin [honest],? Nawaz quipped. He then questioned party workers, ?Do you understand now?? During the interaction, Nawaz pointed out that Constitution is a sacred document. ?No amendment to the existing laws can be brought without the support of two-third majority in both National Assembly and Senate,? he said. When the judges don?t have the power to amend the laws then how come former president Pervaiz Musharraf got this power, he asked. Nawaz also shared a lighter moment with media during his appearance before an accountability court on November 22. Amid lighter exchanges with newsmen outside the court, the former premier spotted wallet of one of the reporters slipping out of his pocket. "Put this inside or someone would pick it and I would be blamed for this," he told the scribe. Another newsman asked why did he attended proceedings despite exemption and Nawaz returned: "Just see, how different times we have been through!"
  14. KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has directed all the office-bearers and workers of the party to hold celebrations at district headquarters on the golden jubilee foundation day of the PPP on November 30, 2017, read a press statement. The PPP chairman also directed all the office-bearers and activists to hoist party flags on their houses on the foundation day on Thursday, said the statement issued by the Bilawal House media cell. A huge public meeting to observe PPP foundation day has also been scheduled at the Parade Ground in Islamabad on December 5, 2017. PPP workers from all over the country have been invited to attend the gathering, the statement added.
  15. A pedestrian walks past a Zara shop on Oxford Street, London, December 11, 2008. REUTERS/Andrew Winning/Files LONDON: Workers in Turkey who stitched pleas for help into clothing sold by retailer Zara are ?just the tip of the iceberg? and highlight the need for mechanisms to address concerns about labour conditions, a top human rights expert said on Wednesday. Shoppers in Istanbul discovered notes in clothing saying workers had not been paid at the Bravo Tekstil factory in Turkey, according to widespread media reports this month. Zara?s parent company Inditex has said it will launch a fund to help compensate the unpaid workers, but such funds can fall short or even backfire, said John Morrison, chief executive of Britain?s Institute for Human Rights and Business. ?Workers are often very scared to (publicly complain), so you can imagine how bad the situation is,? Morrison said on the sidelines of the Thomson Reuters Foundation?s annual two-day Trust Conference that focuses on forced labour and other issues. ?I think it?s the tip of the iceberg,? Morrison said. Bravo Tekstil, which supplied garments to Zara and other brands, shut down in 2016 owing wages and severance payments to 140 workers, according to reports. Inditex, a Spanish retail giant whose brands include Zara, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Since the campaign began, thousands of people have been posting support for the workers on social media using the hashtag #BravoIscileriIcinAdalet, which translates as ?Justice for Bravo workers?. Morrison said such a move by desperate workers shows a need for effective mechanisms that allow them to air grievances and complaints and seek justice without fear of retribution. ?When factories have a grievance mechanism that the workers actually trust and they think is going to be effective, they don?t do things like that,? he said. Zara has said its so-called hardship fund would help the affected workers who, according to reports, are seeking 2,739,281 Turkish Lira ($705,000). Reparation funds are valuable but can be tricky to implement, Morrison told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. ?They?re not tackling the underlying issue,? he said. ?They?re important for individual victims, but if there?s a system that?s wrong, then you?re going to have more and more victims coming.? Also, he said, corrupt labour recruiters who connect workers with jobs can get their hands on that money as well. ?You?ve got to make sure when you do that, that you?re not just putting more money into a corrupt system,? he said. ?via Thomson Reuters Foundation
  16. (L-R from top): US film producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, Director James Toback, Producer Brett Ratner, French-Polish director Roman Polanski and comedian Bill Cosby. Combination photo created on November 3, 2017. AFP/Getty Images North America/Yann Coatsaliou, Frederic J. Brown, Tiziana Fabi, Frederick M. Brown, Laurent Emmanuel, Don Emmert NEW YORK: During her thirties, Kate was groped twice by a colleague, another pressed his leg against her during a meeting and a boss turned hostile after she rebuffed his advances. On some mornings, she vomited before going to work because she was so anxious about seeing a manager who made endless sexual innuendos - which eventually drove her to quit. ?That guy was motivated by real contempt for women,? said Kate, 43, by phone, declining to give her surname. Kate said she did not dare speak out until her last day at the Boston firm when she complained to human resources. Such reluctance to report sexual harassment is common, experts said, as people often fear they will not be taken seriously, be branded a complainer, get colleagues fired or lose their own jobs. While allegations of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein?s predatory sexual behaviour have moved millions of women to share their stories of abuse on social media with the hashtag #MeToo, experts doubt there will be much change in the workplace. ?In the aftermath of the Weinstein scandal, we have not been informed about any new commitments ... companies are taking to fight against sexual harassment,? said Deborah Gillis, head of Catalyst, a non-profit advocating for women in business. Only one of the 20 top Fortune 500 largest US companies responded to queries from the Thomson Reuters Foundation as to whether the recent scandals had prompted them to revisit their sexual harassment policies. ?Harassment, even in its most subtle forms, directly conflicts with company policy,? a spokeswoman for Exxon Mobil said in emailed comments, adding that the oil producer had a zero-tolerance policy toward harassment. The remainder declined to comment or did not respond. Yet sexual harassment in the workplace is ubiquitous, experts say. Between 25 to 85 percent of women reported being sexually harassed at work, a 2016 report by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found. But the federal agency, which is responsible for handling such allegations, received less than 10,000 complaints a year between 2011 and 2016. The EEOC found that employees routinely fail to report harassment because they anticipate negative reactions, such as being blamed for undermining morale or subjected to retaliation that could damage their career or personal reputation. Zero tolerance US companies? reaction to the raging public debate about harassment has been muted. Experts said it was unlikely that corporations would take significant actions that could end a culture of silence over workplace abuse. ?These scandals, if anything, are going to get organizations to dust off their copies of their (harassment) policies,? Margaret Stockdale, a professor of psychology at the Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI), said by phone. Some firms would also likely retrain employees and issue notices that sexual harassment is not tolerated, she added. Managers at Amazon and the global advertising firm Interpublic Group of Companies sent zero tolerance memos to their staff last month, according to media reports. Fidelity Investments chairman, Abigail Johnson, also sent a video message to staff about the Boston-based company?s ?no tolerance? policy, after two managers accused of sexual harassment were fired. But such policies risk backfiring, said Meg Bond, a psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. ?If immediately the axe will always fall, it sounds tough. But what (research) found is that it sometimes discourages people from raising those issues,? she said. ?You?re not ready to raise it in a way that is going to get somebody fired,? she said in a phone interview. Zoe Chance, an assistant professor of marketing at Yale University who has written on sexual harassment, said new approaches are necessary - but it is not clear what works. ?Doing more of what companies are already doing, I don?t think will yield positive results,? she said. Up-and-coming initiatives include training bystanders to speak up when witnessing harassment, and to assess employees? ability to treat colleagues with respect as part of their performances reviews, Bond said. Stockdale of IUPUI said programs which track acts of retaliation by those accused of harassment also appear promising in encouraging victims to speak out. Back in Boston, Kate, who told her story as part of the #MeToo movement, has modest expectations. She first went public on Twitter a year ago, when the nation was abuzz over a video showing Donald Trump brag about grabbing women by the genitals as he was running for the presidency. ?I hope this isn?t a blip,? she said. ?We had this identical conversation last year.? ?via Thomson Reuters Foundation
  17. PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz assured disenchanted local leaders and party workers in the NA-120 constituency that their reservations will be addressed. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz on Monday assured disenchanted local leaders and party workers in the NA-120 constituency that their reservations will be addressed. "The reservations of upset workers must be addressed and resolved," she said, adding that a weekly contact with the constituency's party workers and citizens is imperative. Maryam also visited old Anarkali, and assured residents that the area's issues will be resolved on a priority basis. The former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter stood victorious in the NA-120 by-polls that she campaigned for on behalf of the PML-N candidate and her mother Kulsoom Nawaz, who was under treatment for lymphoma in London during the elections. Maryam Nawaz denies saying family asked her to take party charge The former first daughter says Nawaz Sharif will lead the party and she is not even an aspirant The 44-year old, who happens to be one of her father's closest advisers, is a recent entrant in the political arena. Her successful campaign in the NA-120 by-polls is one of the most significant feats in her political career. She has repeatedly quashed news of internal strife within the family and the party. Despite the news of differences that recently emerged between Maryam and her uncle, Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and his children, she has publicly praised her family.
  18. DOHA: World Cup 2022 host Qatar, under global scrutiny over its alleged ill-treatment of migrant labourers, is to introduce a minimum wage for workers, official state media said Wednesday. Qatar News Agency also announced that the gas-rich emirate has signed bilateral accords with 36 countries from which it draws most of its two-million-strong foreign workforce, to provide legal protection for workers headed to the Gulf. The announcements came on the eve of an International Labour Organisation (ILO) meeting that could see the launch of a formal investigation by the UN agency into Qatar's treatment of migrant workers. The minimum wage initiative and the agreements were announced by Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi, minister of administrative development, labour and social affairs, during a meeting with foreign diplomats. A minimum wage would aim to "meet the necessary needs of the worker to live at an appropriate humanitarian level", said the minister, quoted by QNA. No details were given of when the minimum wage would be introduced or at what level. Workers in Qatar, unions and rights groups have claimed that many have been lured to work in the Gulf for wages considerably less than they had been promised. There has also been widespread criticism that a large number of workers are not paid their salaries on time, leading to hardship for the most vulnerable. In February 2015, Qatar introduced the Wage Protection System, a major reform, designed to ensure workers receive their salaries electronically, either fortnightly or monthly. The ILO meeting starting on Thursday in Geneva is expected to run until November 9, with Qatar being discussed towards the end of the meeting. If the UN agency decides to launch an investigation, it could prove embarrassing for Qatar and other organisations, including world football's governing body, FIFA.
  19. ISLAMABAD: On this year?s World Polio Day, the National Islamic Advisory Group for Polio Eradication (NIAG) has paid tribute to all of Pakistan?s valiant ?Sehat Muhafiz? who are setting an inspiring example of dedication on the frontlines in the fight against polio. Pakistan stands today on the brink of ending the scourge of polio, and ?Sehat Muhafiz? are leading the charge. ?What all these 250,000 men and women have in common is commitment. By vaccinating every child and ensuring that no child is missed, they are building community immunity?a critical step on the road to eradication,? said Dr. Sohail Hassan, Director of the Dawah Academy at International Islamic University and Chairman of NIAG. Maulana Hanif Jalandhry, general secretary of Wifaq-Ul-Madarris and president of NIAG Core Group said, ?With courage and perseverance, our Sehat Muhafiz supported by more than 1,000 religious support persons to travel the length and breadth of the country to educate their communities, spread awareness about the compliance of polio vaccine with Islamic Sharia and vaccinate children to make polio in Pakistan history.? Every year on the World Polio Day, the world is reminded that a disease that has paralyzed and killed children for thousands of years still remains among us. While most of the world is polio-free, Pakistan, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, remain the last three countries where the poliovirus still circulates, threatening the wellbeing and future of children. Only a few years ago, polio eradication in Pakistan was hindered due to misperceptions and lack of safe access to children by vaccination teams. The Pakistan polio programme has come a long way. The progress achieved since the beginning of 2015 is now visible in the declining number of wild poliovirus cases. From 306 in 2014, the number of cases declined to 54 in 2015, and 20 in 2016. So far in 2017, the total number of cases reported stands at five, compared to 16 this time last year. NIAG reiterated its full endorsement of the oral polio vaccine. ?We call on all parents to vaccinate their children against this debilitating but preventable disease,? said NAIG member and Chairman of the Rotary Ulama Committee Haji Hanif Tayyab. Guided by the irrefutable words of the Almighty Allah in Surrah Al-Anaam verse 140: ?They are losers who foolishly have slain their children without knowledge.? Maulana Sami Ul Haq, NIAG member and Head of Jamia Haqqania Akora Khattak, said, ?It is every individual?s duty to protect themselves and their communities from diseases. Believing in rumors and depriving our children of their right to good health is not only sinful, but also believing in falsehood.? Although there is no cure for polio, the virus can be prevented and eliminated through immunization. As long as the purpose of vaccination is the welfare of people and the substance used to make vaccines was uncontaminated and not forbidden, it is therefore ?acceptable to Sharia? ? or Islamic law. All parents are called on to step forward and allow their children under the age of five to be vaccinated against polio every time the vaccine is offered. To fulfill our national promise of a polio-free Pakistan to future generations, NIAG has called upon all learned religious leaders to continue enlightening communities about the rights of children to the best start in life and protection against polio and all other childhood diseases. ?Crippled children lead to a crippled Muslim Ummah. May Allah protect our children from all harm and bring them up to be healthy and productive members of the Ummah they deserve to be,? said NIAG Chairman Dr. Sohail Hassan. ? Originally published in The News
  20. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz on Monday thanked the workers for extending their support to the party leadership. Maryam Nawaz, and her husband MNA Captain (retd) Safdar appeared before the accountability court in a NAB reference case, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz speaking to workers outside Chaudhry Muneer's residence. Photo: Geo News After the hearing, Maryam and her husband went to the house of their daughter's father-in-law, Chaudhry Muneer, in Sector F-6. Later, Maryam tweeted that "one comes, the other goes. [but] at least we have come unlike others who run away". Speaking outside the residence of Munir to party activists, she said: "from the bottom of my heart I thank you all, you come here to support us leaving aside your work. We get courage from your passion. Without you all we are nothing." Without taking any name, she said: "Our workers have done tremendous work in NA-120. You all know, who you have defeated?" Earlier, Maryam while speaking to the media after appearing before the accountability court, she said those who appear in court are being arrested form the airport while absconders are running free and holding rallies. Court approves Maryam, Safdar's bail; separates cases of Nawaz's sons The hearing has been adjourned until Oct 13 when Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar are expected to be indicted "But we are not ones to be afraid of being arrested," she added. "Judges will have to answer as questions are raised when a case over Panama [Papers] ended up on the Iqama [foreign work permit which led to Nawaz's disqualification]," she remarked. The court on Monday approved Safdar's bail and ordered him to submit a surety bond worth Rs50 million. He was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country. After providing a copy of the reference ? spread over 53 volumes ? to Maryam and Safdar, Judge Mohammad Bashir also directed her to submit a surety bond of Rs5 million. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/4cc547aa42fb0ca05a2f89bf4ca836a2.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvOS8yMDE3IDg6MjE6MTYgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT14K2NRbUxGajJ1MExWbzV0THRUandRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center]
  21. LAHORE: PML-N chief and former Nawaz Sharif will address a workers convention in Alhambra Hall. Nawaz was flanked by senior party leaders including, Shehbaz Sharif, Pervaiz Rashid, Saad Rafique and Asif Kirmani. Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the party's victory in the recently held NA-120 by-polls was a historic win for the PML-N government. He also said the government of Nawaz Sharif was responsible for bringing the crippling energy crisis in the country under control. The younger Sharif laid heavy criticism on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan and said the PTI government does not even know the amount of electricity produced in the province. "There was a dengue virus outbreak in the province and Imran Khan was touring the northern areas of the country," said the Punjab chief minister.
  22. source: Doha News DUBAI: World Cup 2022 host Qatar must urgently introduce laws to protect the lives of up to 800,000 migrant construction labourers working in scorching temperatures, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The New York-based organisation also called on the Gulf state to investigate workers´ deaths and make those findings public. "The Qatari authorities' failure to put in place the most basic protection from the heat, their decision to ignore recommendations that they investigate worker deaths, and their refusal to release data on these deaths, constitutes a willful abdication of responsibility," said report author Nicholas McGeehan. He also called on football's world governing body, FIFA, national associations and World Cup sponsors to demand further protection from heat and humidity for Qatar's workers. McGeehan added: "They should also be demanding answers to two simple questions - how many workers have died since 2012 and how they have died?" Qatar has introduced laws to stop people working outside between 11:30 am and 3:00 pm annually from June 15 to August 31, when temperatures can reach around 50 degrees Celsius. But HRW says these measures do not go far enough. "Limiting work temperatures to safe temperatures - not set by a clock or calendar - is well within the capacity of the Qatari government and will help protect hundreds of thousands of workers," said Sarah Leah Whitson. Temperatures in Qatar are currently in the high 30s Celsius and humidity levels are above 50 percent. The HRW says medical research suggests heat stress is a genuine risk to those working outside, and it has called for greater flexibility by Qatari authorities. In rare praise for Qatar's World Cup organisers, it said the government should follow the example of compulsory work-to-rest ratios introduced for the 12,000 helping build venues for 2022. "If Qatar's World Cup organisers can mandate a climate-based work ban, then the Qatar government can follow its lead," added Whitson. However, it called for much greater transparency by Doha on the vexed issue of worker deaths. It said figures were last made available in 2012. Out of the 520 deaths then for workers from Bangladesh, India and Nepal, 385, or 74 per cent, were "neither explained nor investigated". The HRW said there had been 10 deaths reported by World Cup organisers between October 2015 and July 2017, eight classified as "non-work related".
  23. Post office employees pose on a 900 square meters farm garden on the rooftop of their postal sorting center, as part of a project by Facteur Graine (Seed Postman). Photo: REUTERS PARIS: An urban agriculture initiative to make Paris more environmentally sustainable, mainly through farming on the capital?s rooftops, has been such a success that the mayor is unveiling a new round of projects this week. Rooftop farming has boomed in the past years from New York to Tokyo via London and Paris. By 2020, the French capital will host more than 100 hectares (0.39 square mile) of rooftop gardens and planted walls, the Paris City Hall said. Of this, one-third will be devoted to urban farming. The first wave of projects will lead to the cultivation on 32 sites of 425 tonnes of fruits and vegetables, 24 tonnes of mushrooms, 30,000 flowers, the production of 8,000 litres of beer and 95 kilogrammes of honey. A box of vegetables is displayed at a 900 square meters farm garden on the rooftop of a postal sorting centre, as part of a project by Facteur Graine. Photo: REUTERS These include a 900 square metre rooftop farming project on top of a French Post Office building housing around 500 employees in northern Paris. Surrounded by high towers, postal workers grow fruit and vegetables including lettuces, aubergines and tomatoes, and breed chickens on 90 tonnes of earth deposited on the roof. ?We are postal workers who thought it was nice to be able to fulfil our dream, which is to work for a more edible city,? said Sophie Jankowski, head of Facteur Graine (Seed Postman), which manages the Post Office?s rooftop garden, told Reuters TV. One of the association?s commitment is to use old vegetable varieties, such as high-quality tomatoes which do not travel well over long distances, she said. ?We want to give taste to life but also to plates.? The project also changed the way employees see their workplace. ?It helps us connect with nature. We?re in front of computers, we live in a virtual world, so doing those little things help people reconnect with each other, with the living,? Corinne Lienhart, communications officer and volunteer, said.
  24. One of the four workers who fell into the tank, identified as Abu Bakar, was rescued: Photo: Geo News KARACHI: Three factory workers lost their lives after they fell in a chemical tank in Karachi's Ibrahim Haidri vicinity late Saturday. One of the four workers who fell into the tank, identified as Abu Bakar, was rescued. Three factory workers lost their lives after they fell in a chemical tank in Karachi's Ibrahim Haidri vicinity late Saturday. Photo: Geo News "He is in critical condition and has been transferred to Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre," a rescue worker said. The bodies were recovered soon after the incident was reported. Four labourers died after falling into an underground chemical tank of an industrial unit one after another in the Bin Qasim area earlier this year on July 21. The incident comes as a grim reminder of last year?s tragedy that resulted in the loss of five lives in a Korangi factory.
  25. SITTWE: Relief agencies struggling to reach hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims displaced by strife in northwestern Myanmar are facing rising hostility from ethnic Rakhine Buddhists who accuse the United Nations and foreign aid groups of only helping Muslims. So far, the Myanmar government has only granted Red Cross organisations access to the area. The United Nations suspended its activities and evacuated non-critical staff after the government suggested it had supported Rohingya insurgents. Already battling against bad weather, tough terrain and obstructive bureaucracy, the Red Cross also ran into an angry mob, who believe the foreign aid agencies have ignored the suffering of Rakhine Buddhists in Myanmar?s poorest state. On Wednesday a mob in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, tried to block a boat carrying International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) aid to the north, where attacks by Rohingya militants on Aug 25 prompted Myanmar?s generals to order a sweeping counter-insurgency offensive. The mob was armed with sticks, knives and petrol bombs, and only dispersed after police fired rubber bullets. Four days earlier a Myanmar Red Cross truck was stopped and searched by Rakhine residents in Sittwe. ?With heightened tensions in Rakhine State, humanitarian staff and private contractors are facing serious challenges in implementing life-saving activities,? said Pierre Peron, spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Myanmar. In the past month, 420,000 Rohingya have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh to avoid what the U.N. human rights chief has called ethnic cleansing. Foreign aid groups are now scaling up to help Bangladesh cope with a humanitarian disaster of biblical proportions. Back in Myanmar, a separate crisis is unfolding on multiple fronts, many of them much harder to reach. ?Many ongoing humanitarian activities that existed before August 25th have still not resumed,? said Peron. ?For the sake of vulnerable people in all communities in Rakhine State, urgent measures must be taken to allow vital humanitarian activities to resume.? In northern Rakhine, tens of thousands of people, most of them Rohingya, are displaced but haven?t crossed into Bangladesh. Closer to Sittwe, 140,000 Rohingya displaced by previous religious unrest are confined to squalid camps. They depend on foreign aid that has been severely restricted since Aug. 25. About 6,000 Buddhists have also fled to Sittwe, where they are cared for at monasteries by the government and Rakhine volunteers. Broken trust Ethnic Rakhine have long complained that foreign aid agencies have given generously to Muslims while ignoring other equally needy people. ?All people in Rakhine are suffering, but only Muslims get help,? said Htun Aung Kyaw, chief of the Arakan National Party (ANP). Rakhine residents of Sittwe interviewed by Reuters said they believed that UN estimates of refugee numbers were exaggerated and that Rohingya camps near the city faced no shortages. ?They have more than enough,? said Kyaw Sein of Rakhine Alin Dagar, a Rakhine advocacy group in Sittwe. Kyaw Sein said she hadn?t visited the camps, but said in the past she had seen Muslims selling oil, rice and other aid in local markets. She said relations between the foreign aid groups and the Rakhine people had been poisoned by years of neglect and favouritism. ?It?s difficult to say what they can do to win back our trust,? she said. ?Bigger attacks? Further eroding that trust are rumours that aid deliveries could be used to smuggle weapons to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), the militant group behind the attacks on security forces last month and in October 2016. ?The Rakhine have no weapons to protect themselves with,? said the ANP?s Htun Aung Kyaw. ?That?s why they?re so terrified.? Such fears have been stoked by social media and by the discovery of World Food Program-branded biscuits at a suspected militant camp on July 30. They have also prompted the authorities to restrict humanitarian access to some Rohingya villages on security grounds, say aid workers. Htun Aung Kyaw predicted ?bigger and bigger attacks?, especially if ARSA drew support from groups such as Daesh. Those concerns were echoed on Thursday by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy, who warned of ?a more significant terrorism problem? if the Rakhine crisis was not properly addressed. Murphy also criticized the Myanmar security forces for ?a response that is disproportionate and failed to protect all local populations.? The United Nations rights body has called it ?a textbook example of ethnic cleansing?, with reports of hundreds of Muslim villages razed and abuses by soldiers, police and Rakhine vigilantes. Even so, many people in Myanmar - not just Rakhine - appear to believe the military?s explanation: the Rohingya set their own houses alight before fleeing. Rakhine interviewed by Reuters said the Rohingya did this to win sympathy from aid groups, galvanize opposition in the Muslim world and ensure that nearby Rakhine houses burned down too. Some aid workers privately scoffed at such views, but they also admitted that their early failure to engage and understand the Rakhine has made their current work more difficult. Graziella Leite Piccoli, the ICRC?s regional spokesperson, said aid workers ?should never be targeted?, and her colleagues were working to convince local communities that they are there to help everyone.