Chinese trade group to mediate shoe factory strike

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Rapides Parish sues former Coliseum design firm

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NHS Spends £6Million and 9 Years Pursuing Whistleblowing Doctor Who’s Now Been Cleared

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A cardiologist won a landmark legal victory yesterday in the most expensive and longest-running whistleblowing case in the history of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS). The NHS spent nine years and £6 million in taxpayer money pursuing Dr Raj Mattu, who warned of poor quality care at a hospital in Coventry. Dr Mattu had originally warned that patients were dying due to cost-cutting measures at Walsgrave Hospital. The Guardian says he criticised practices such as the ‘five-in-four’ policy where an extra bed was squeezed into a bay intended for just four beds in order to cut costs, and cited two cases where patients had died due to overcrowding. The local NHS Trust originally suspended him for eight years before finally sacking him. They hired private investigators to try to discredit him, spending £6 million in legal costs pursuing the case. Colleagues said that Dr Mattu had been “hounded mercilessly” by hospital managers during the process. Yesterday, however, an employment tribunal ruled that Dr Mattu had been unfairly dismissed and was entitled to compensation. It vindicated the cardiologist, saying: “The claimant did not cause or contribute to his dismissal.” The Telegraph says that Dr Mattu could now be entitled to damages of up to £10 million. Dr Mattu’s lawyer said he had been “vilified, bullied and harassed out of a job he loved.” He said after the verdict: “This has been a David v Goliath legal battle, which I am delighted to have won for my client.” “The tribunal’s findings – that Dr Mattu was a whistleblower and was unfairly dismissed – completely vindicate him. Dr Mattu was a fantastic cardiologist and it was tragic that his pursuit of safety and the highest standards in care led to him being vilified, bullied and harassed out of a job he loved.” “This case has brought to light the appalling way whistleblowers are still being treated and raises important and wider issues that should be addressed.” Charlotte Leslie, a Conservative member of the Commons Health Committee said: “This shows just how far the NHS was prepared to go, spending millions attempting to protect its reputation by taking on someone who was simply fighting for good patient care.” She added: “This is a pattern, a dystopian world in which the priority is to hush up inconvenient truths and pursue sinister and aggressive policies to destroy those who speak out.”

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Blumenthal: Metro-North fined $552,000 past decade

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Filipino devotees re-enact crucifixion of Christ

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SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — Devotees in northern Philippine villages had themselves nailed to wooded crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as thousands of local and foreign spectators watched the bloody annual rites to mark Good Friday in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation.

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Doomed ferry’s sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

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MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Investigations into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and whether a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers scrambled to find 270 people still missing and feared dead.

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Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium’s love of beer

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Britain’s Labour Leader Conscripts Obama Architect David Axelrod for 2015 Election

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Britain’s Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has conscripted the services of American campaigns professional David Axelrod, otherwise known as the architect behind President Barack Obama’s U.S. election victory in 2008. The appointment of Axelrod to the Labour team is the latest in a long line of foreign consultants brought in to try and help Ed Miliband’s team on the run up to the UK General Election in May 2015. Axelrod follows in the footsteps of 69-year-old U.S. community organiser Arnie Graf, who embarrassed Labour by claiming he was working for them, rather than consulting for them, without a UK work permit. Axelrod will go toe-to-toe with the Conservative Party’s elections guru Lynton Crosby, who is known for his ruthless, right-wing, populist campaigning measures. While Axelrod can boast about his work on the campaigns of Eliot Spitzer and Barack Obama, Crosby described as the “Australian Karl Rove” has masterminded the elections of Australian prime minister John Howard and London Mayor Boris Johnson.  Obama’s former advisor said he had opted to join the Labour campaign team “because I have had some long conversations with Ed Miliband over the course of the past year and it was less about politics, and more about this issue of how in the 21st century you create healthy economies in which opportunity is broadly available, and people can stay ahead of the cost of living.” Interestingly, the appointment means that Axelrod may square off against his old Obama-campaign partner Jim Messina, who the Conservative Party snapped up last summer. The Guardian reports that Axelrod said : “I do not want to say too much before I enter the political arena but from what I have read the Ukip movement has dragged Cameron to the right on Europe, and we have seen some of the same impact on the Republican party from the Tea Party.” “The Conservatives are going to be hard put to say they are in touch with the experience of everyday people. They have a philosophy that is warmly received in the circles in which they travel. That is if the people at the top prosper, if the powerful people at the top, the bankers and others prosper, the whole country will prosper, and that is an attitude that is ingrained.” He is believed to be working for a “six figure sum”, which is going to his consultancy AKPD Media and Message, based out of Chicago, USA.

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SC awaiting state unemployment figure for March

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Ukrainian militia deny calls to free buildings

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DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

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