Ministers indulge in a spell of law-meddling

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first_img Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruMinisters indulge in a spell of law-meddlingOK, it isn’t as bad as getting children to clean chimneys, but Guru wassurprised to hear that child labour laws were changed to ensure the HarryPotter film was filmed in the UK. Apparently, there was a danger that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stonewas going to be made in the US because the film’s young stars couldn’t worklong enough hours in the UK and it would have taken too long to film. Kids of 10 to 13 years of age were allowed to work no more than seven and ahalf hours per day from 9am to 5pm, and had to do three hours daily schooling.That has been extended to nine and a half hours between 7am and 7pm, and theactors don’t have to go to school every day. It left the stars, including 12-year-old Daniel “Harry Potter”Radcliffe, free to film the £80m blockbuster. With four Harry Potter books written and three more in the pipeline, thiscould result in film revenues of over £1bn. Faced with figures like that, it is not surprising that ministers decidedQuidditch is a useful and educational pastime for young actors. Beer ban could leave bitter taste Again Guru is glad to see that MPs are not wasting their time examining thefindings of the Work and Parents Taskforce. Last week, MPs were signing petitions over ice-cream, this week it is beer. North Wales member Martyn Jones has tabled a Parliamentary motion urging hiscolleagues to boycott Carlsberg-Tetley in the Commons’ bars. Carlsberg has pulled out of a micro-brewery development in Wrexham after 18months of negotiation. The firm closed a plant there in April. But Martyn had better find an alternative – word on the street is that MPsget through 210 barrels of the stuff a year. Council’s boob costs it £7,000 Lewd behaviour in the workplace can even affect sleepy parish councils. Talkof bottoms and breasts cost the council at Croxley Green, Herts, £7,000. Derek Fineberg, 74-year-old clerk to the council, regularly turned the airblue with his comments, an employment tribunal in Watford was told. His assistant Lesley Sanders, 52, eventually walked out and was initiallygranted leave of absence while her complaints were followed up, but lastDecember she was dismissed from her part-time post. The tribunal upheld her claim for unfair dismissal and sexualdiscrimination. Wrong trousers call for fashion police The French may have the shortestworking week in Europe, but they have to watch what they wear following arecent ruling.A French technician has lost a second appeal against beingsacked for wearing a pair of Bermuda shorts at work.Electronics firm Sagem dismissed 29-year-old Cedric Monribot inJune after he persisted in wearing the offending item.The Frenchman argued the firm had “violated a fundamentalfreedom of an employee”, but the court, which had also rejected his firstappeal against the dismissal when he claimed sexual discrimination, disagreed.According to Sagem’s lawyer, the court supported its claim thatCedric’s shorts could have had a “disruptive” impact on the office.Guru is intrigued – they must have been one loud pair ofBermudas. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Ministers indulge in a spell of law-meddlingOn 27 Nov 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Mariners continue historic start with extra-inning win vs. Royals

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first_imgThe Mariners just keep on winning.With their 7-6 victory in 10 innings over the Royals on Thursday, Seattle is 13-2 through 15 games, which is one of the hottest starts in MLB history. The Brewers of 1987 and the Braves of 1982 are two of the only teams ever with better starts historically, both going 13-0 to begin their respective years.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNOn Thursday, the Mariners continued the formula that has served them so well all season. They hit home runs and they came back to win.Mitch Haniger’s triple to center field in the top of the ninth inning brought two runners around to score to tie it up at 6.The Mariners would add a run in the 10th inning as well to win it on a Dan Vogelbach home run.Avg exit velocity leaders:1. Aaron Judge- 97.82. Daniel Vogelbach- 96.6The tater below? 112.7 mph pic.twitter.com/9Fv2bPp0qg— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) April 11, 2019Dee Gordon added a homer as well as this marked the 15th straight game to start the year in which Seattle hit a home run, which is also an MLB record.Studs of the NightAthletics designated hitter Khris Davis went 2-for-5 with two homers and three RBI’s in Oakland’s 8-5 win over the Orioles. He now has nine homers on the season which leads MLB.Indians starter Shane Bieber tossed seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts in Cleveland’s 4-0 win over the Tigers.Cardinals right fielder Jose Martinez went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI in St. Louis’ 11-7 win over the Dodgers. Dud of the NightBlue Jays closer Ken Giles blew his first save since 2017, allowing two runs while walking three and recording just one out in Toronto’s 7-6 loss to the Red Sox.HighlightWho says you can’t beat the shift on an inside pitch? Joey Votto somehow took a delivery on the inner half and put it past the shift on the left side to put a runner in scoring position. See, you don’t have to pull the ball all the time guys. The Reds beat the Marlins 5-0.OK class, here is today’s lesson in Choking Up 101. It also fulfills your course requirement for Beating The Shift 201. 🎓 pic.twitter.com/jpt1zmqEMP— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 11, 2019What’s NextMets (8-4) at Braves (7-5) 7:20 p.m. ET — The Mets got the better of Atlanta on Thursday, but the Braves have Sean Newcomb (0-0, 1.64 ERA) on the mound, who has been very good to start the season. Zack Wheeler (0-1, 10.24) has been bad for the Mets, so Atlanta may have a chance to get one back on Friday.last_img read more