Timeline of Hutchison Ports sacking

HUTCHISON PORTS AUSTRALIA SACKING TIMELINE* Thursday, Aug 6- 94 workers sacked in late-night texts from shipping giant Hutchison Ports Australia* Friday, Aug 7- Unions seek urgent Federal Court injunction against sackings- Employment Minister Eric Abetz says sackings by text may be appropriate* Saturday, Aug 8- Labor and Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) call Eric Abetz's comments "heartless"- Rallies of more than 175 people in Brisbane and Sydney- Guards on Hutchison ports gates and workers unable to clear their lockers* Sunday, Aug 9- Supporters continue picketing Hutchison ports* Monday, Aug 10- Picketing continues at Brisbane and Sydney Hutchison ports- Power cut to Brisbane picket line, backed up by generators from unions- Deputy President Anna Booth orders an end to picketing at Fair Work Commission hearing in Sydney- HPA CFO Chee Keong…
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FIFA say managers cannot dictate to doctors over injuries

Professor Jiri Dvorak, FIFA's chief medical officer, said that managers had no right to tell their medical staff whether or not they should go on the pitch to treat a player and that ultimately the doctor was in charge of what happened on the pitch.Carneiro and Chelsea physiotherapist Jon Fearn came on to treat Eden Hazard in stoppage time of Saturday's Premier League game against Swansea City.It left Mourinho furious that the player then had to leave the field for treatment with Chelsea already reduced to 10 men following an earlier red card.Although both the referee and Hazard beckoned on the doctor, Mourinho said afterwards he believed the player was not seriously injured and called his medical staff "impulsive and naive" in a TV interview.While Chelsea have not commented, reports…
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Judge hits pause on wharf sackings

Wharfies in Sydney and Brisbane who were sacked via text message have been granted a reprieve.The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) embarked on an 11th-hour battle in the Federal Court on Thursday to secure court orders barring Hutchison Ports from terminating the employment of nearly 100 workers.The union argued Hutchison breached its enterprise agreement by failing to adequately consult workers and ignoring a dispute resolution clause before announcing the forced redundancies.Workers were informed by late-night text messages and emails that their last day of employment would be Friday, August 14, in a move that triggered lengthy blockades at the company's port facilities in Brisbane and Sydney.In a late-night court sitting on Thursday, Justice Darryl Rangiah agreed to grant a temporary order that would remain in place until a full hearing…
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Sweden to pursue Assange over rape claim

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lashed out at Swedish prosecutors who are dropping three sex assault claims against him, but still want to question him over a rape allegation.The 44-year-old Australian said from his Ecuadorian embassy refuge in London on Thursday that the prosecutors had avoided hearing his side of the story entirely and their actions were "beyond incompetence".Swedish officials on Thursday confirmed that investigations into three allegations against him were being dropped as two had reached their five-year statute of limitations and a third would reach that point next Tuesday.But prosecutors say they still hope to question Assange on an allegation of rape that doesn't expire until 2020.Two women in Sweden made the 2010 sex claims, which he strongly denies.Assange fought extradition to Sweden from the UK on fears…
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Another day at office for McCaw

Others will talk about the phenomenal achievement that Richie McCaw will rack up when he runs out at Eden Park, but not the All Blacks skipper himself.McCaw will play his 142nd Test when he leads a New Zealand side desperate to keep hold of the Bledisloe Cup by exacting revenge on the Wallabies on Saturday night.The figure will put him alone at the top of the list of Test rugby's most capped players, edging ahead of Irish centre Brian O'Driscoll.But coach Steve Hansen says it's not something that has been a topic of discussion within the All Blacks this week."The ironic thing is that it hasn't been spoken about in the group," he said."That's the way he likes it and that's the way we like it - he putting's the…
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Senator spied on at Nauru: whistleblower

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young was spied on by eight security employees who tracked her every move on her visit to Nauru, a whistleblower has revealed.A former Wilson Security guard says the senator was the target of an extensive spy operation when she visited Nauru in 2013 to inspect immigration detention facilities, with guards briefed on her room number, vehicle and what time she was going to be in and out of the camp.He told ABC TV on Thursday the guards were told to follow Ms Hanson-Young and keep notes on who she talked to around the island and in her room.But after allegations of the spying spread, the guards were called in by management."They were told to shred pages from their notebooks and any reports they had written up," the…
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Rabbitohs dispose of Cowboys in Townsville

South Sydney thumped North Queensland 31-18 in Townsville on Thursday night, raising questions about the Cowboys NRL minor premiership hopes.North Queensland have been flying high in the top two for most of the year, but have now suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since round three in March.The two teams went toe-to-toe in the first half in an entertaining display to commence round 23, with the Rabbitohs going into the break with their noses in front 13-12.For the opening 20 minutes of the second half there was niggle, there was frustration and there was plenty of shoving as both teams heated up in the North Queensland humidity.But as the game settled, the Bunnies sizzled.Tries from Jason Clark and Alex Johnston established a commanding lead for the Rabbitohs and when…
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Warriors desperate to win battlers’ clash

The Warriors want to snap a crisis of confidence when the NRL's two ice-cold teams meet in Penrith on Saturday.Four straight losses, by an average score of 27-6, have sent the Warriors plummeting from fourth to 10th with four games remaining.That might normally send them into a state of panic as they head to the venue where the Panthers thrashed them by a club record 62-16 two seasons ago.However, the 14th placed hosts have problems of their own, having lost five straight and suffered an even heavier injury toll than the beleaguered Warriors.Visiting coach Andrew McFadden doesn't have time to sympathise with the Panthers, having spent a fraught week trying to lift his team following their 36-0 humbling from St George Illawarra in Wellington on Saturday."We are lacking a bit…
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Swedish prosecutor drops three Assange cases

Assange denies the accusations and has been holed up inside Ecuador's London embassy since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden.Ecuador has granted Assange asylum. Three cases, of sexual molestation and unlawful coercion, against Assange lapsed because of a five year statute of limitation expiring on Thursday and next Tuesday.Another investigation into an allegation of rape has five more years to run."Julian Assange, on his own accord, has evaded prosecution by seeking refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador," Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny said in a statement."As the statute of limitation has run on some of the crimes, I am compelled to discontinue the investigation with respect to these crimes."Assange fears that if Britain extradites him to Sweden he would then be extradited to the United States where he…
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Dhawan, Kohli tons hand India control of first test

Resuming the second day on 128-2, India were all out for 375 in the final session to claim a first innings lead of 192 runs and Sri Lanka's troubles did not end there.Openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva were both dismissed in the first two overs with the hosts reeling at 5-2 in their second innings at stumps, still trailing India by 187.Earlier, Dhawan (134) and Kohli (103) frustrated the Sri Lankan bowlers with a 227-run stand that was the cornerstone of the Indian innings.Bowled out for 183 in the first innings, Sri Lanka had a few half chances in the morning session but otherwise failed to trouble the batsmen on the slow pitch at the Galle International Stadium.The hosts made a stronger comeback in the later sessions, riding on…
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