SA to settle Lesotho claims

first_img20 January 2006Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana says the government will settle all outstanding pension and compensation claims from former Lesotho migrant workers who were employed in South Africa’s mines.Mdladlana was speaking after a meeting with Lesotho’s minister of employment and labour, Mpeo Mahase-Moiloa, in Pretoria on Thursday.The meeting was aimed at reviving the labour agreement the two countries struck in 1973 which, according to the two ministers, had become obsolete.Mdladlana said South Africa employed about 300 000 Lesotho nationals at any given time, most of whom were in the mining industry.He said the pledge to settle all outstanding pensions and compensation claims paved the way for a memorandum of understanding to be completed within a month.The memorandum was “expected to address areas of co-operation such as social dialogue and dispute resolution,” Mdladlana said.“The reason we decided to take the route of the MoU is because we want issues related to compensation and pension claims to be addressed urgently since we do not want to see families of these workers starving.”Mahase-Moiloa said they wanted to ensure that Lesotho nationals in South Africa were there legally and that employers did not exploit them.Mdladlana said South Africa had already concluded similar agreements with Zimbabwe and Mozambique.A week ago, Zimbabwean Labour and Social Affairs Minister Nicholas Goche met Mdladlana in Beit Bridge to regularise the status of Zimbabwean migrant workers employed in South Africa.Mahase-Moiloa said her visit coincided with a review of labour laws in Lesotho, and that her country hoped to learn from South Africa.Mahase-Moiloa was also scheduled to visit Nedlac – South Africa’s institution for social dialogue between labour, business and government – and the Compensation Fund.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Chicago visit: Mamata sees conspiracy

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday alleged that the Ramakrishna Mission was “threatened” to cancel the event to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s speech at Chicago on August 26. The programme, in which Ms. Banerjee was invited as chief guest, was organised by the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago. Ms. Banerjee alleged that some “unholy conspiracy” was hatched to stop her from attending the event. “I am not blaming the Ramakrishna Mission. But as far as I know they were threatened in several ways.,” said Ms. Banerjee, while speaking at an event at Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math.last_img

We must convert penalty corners

first_imgThe atmosphere for India’s matches has been unbelievable, and the Indian team needs to make use of it in the gold medal match against Australia. Whatever one says the crowd makes a difference and playing under such conditions can be a daunting prospect.Once India gets on a roll they feed on the crowd’s passion and tend to dominate proceedings. The hosts will also take heart from the fact that they dominated Australia for about 25 minutes of the first half in their league match.The Aussies tend to go for full court press in the first 10 minutes of each half and we need to keep them in check during that period. Another crucial factor will be penalty corner conversions.They played a key role in our victory over Pakistan and we cannot afford to miss out on these opportunities. We matched England in fitness and forced them to play at our own pace, which made them tire towards the end of the match. We need to continue in the same vein in the final.Another source of hope could be that Australia usually has one bad game in the tournament and they are yet to have one here. Luck also seems to be in India’s favour as can be seen from the England penalty corner that hit the frame of the goal when they were ahead 3-1.Also after the 5-2 win over India in the earlier match there may be an element of complacency which the Indians can exploit. Our game has improved as the competition has gone on. India still plays in patches but at least the flow is there.advertisementWe have started to beat opposition players with our stickwork. Sardar Singh has been the most-consistent player so far. A lot of hard work, though, will be needed to put it across Australia that frankly is a better team.The only way the gap can be made up is by raising energy levels and showing superior fitness. That is why the selectors picked just one goalkeeper in the squad to facilitate more rolling substitutions during the game.Chetri has done alright till now, although he was at fault for one of the goals in the match against Australia. The defence is still a cause for concern as we still leave players unmarked inside our own circle.We tend to use man-to-man marking these days while all the other top teams use a zonal-cum-manto-man system.last_img read more

Microsoft sends out invites for Surface event on October 2

first_imgThree major tech giants are going to be holding events over the next two months. We already know that Apple will be announcing its new iPhones next week on September 12, and Google also plans to unveil its next Pixel phones on October 9. Now, Microsoft has also sent out invites for an event on October 2. The invite reads “A moment of your time” along with the date and time of the event which will begin at 4:00pm ET (October 3 1:30am IST). The hardware event from Microsoft is expected to see new Surface devices.Details regarding Microsoft’s upcoming event is still quite hazy. While we do expect refreshes for the company’s Surface products, there haven’t been a lot of reports or leaks about any specific new Surface device. Back in June, some reports said that Microsoft is planning a big redesign for the Surface Book 6, but we don’t expect to see that until next year. It’s possible that the Surface Pro line and the Surface Laptop will see an incremental update with the latest Intel processors, but a major redesign is not expected the upcoming event.The company could also announce a new Surface Studio, its all-in-one PC setup that was first announced two years ago. We also expect Microsoft to give us a better look at the new Surface Hub 2. The next-gen Surface Hub 2 comes with a sleeker design and a bezel-less 4K 50.5-inch display aimed for offices and conference rooms. You can combine up to four screens together and tilt them in portrait or landscape view. Microsoft may give a demo of the Surface Hub 2 in action on October 2. There are also talks that the company is working on a foldable Surface phone that may launch later this year, but we haven’t heard anything more on this since July.advertisementEarlier this year, Microsoft announced the Surface Go, which is an entry-level tablet to take on the iPad. The design is similar to the Surface Pro, but hardware has been stripped down. It sports a a smaller 10-inch display with a 1800 x 1200 pixel resolution. The $399 Surface Go is powered by a Intel 7th-gen Pentium Gold 4415Y processor with up to 8GB of RAM. The tablet also gets a built-in pop-out stand, a 5MP front camera for facial recognition login, an 8MP rear camera with autofocus, and a Surface Connector port for charging and docking with a desktop.last_img read more