Mumbai: Former chairman of Jet Airways Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal were denied permission to travel abroad Saturday by the immigration authority at Mumbai airport, sources said. The couple was to travel by Dubai-bound Emirates flight EK 507 when the immigration authority denied them permission to fly, they said. The checked in baggage, which was in the name of Anita Goyal, was also offloaded from the flight. The flight was scheduled to depart at 3.35 pm. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Naresh Goyal could not be reached for comments. Response to a query sent to Emirates was also awaited. Last month, Jet Airways officers and staff association president Kiran Pawaskar had written to the Mumbai police commissioner that the passports of Goyal and other directors and senior members of the Jet Airways management be impounded as the airline had not paid salaries to its employees for several months. Naresh Goyal, along with Anita Goyal, had resigned from the board of Jet Airways, which he founded 26 years ago, in March following a debt restructuring plan. He had also resigned as the airline chairman.
“The ILO calls on the Government of Bangladesh to take the further steps necessary to fulfil its obligations under ratified conventions, as well as its commitments on labour law reform made at the Organization’s International Labour Conference in June and commitments made in the Sustainability Compact agreed with the EU on July 8,” the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a statement. “Important additional labour reforms will be required to fulfil the Government’s commitments and obligation and these should be undertaken as a matter of urgency,” the Geneva-based agency said, reiterating its willingness to develop and adopt further legislative proposals to address the conclusions and recommendations of the ILO supervisory bodies. “The ILO also offers to work with urgency on the regulations required to implement the amendments and to build the capacity of the labour inspectorate to assume its new responsibilities,” the UN agency said. Bangladesh adopted the amendments to its Labour Act 2006 on 15 July, including ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on freedoms of association and collective bargaining. This past April, the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital, killing more than 1,000 people, mostly female workers. The garment industry employs some 3-5 million workers in the country.Among the approved revisions in the country’s labour laws, the amendment include several provisions to improve workplace safety, such as the creation of safety committees in factories of 50 workers or more. Personal safety equipment will now be required and provisions now also require the establishment of health centres in workplaces of more than 5,000 employees. The revisions also eliminated the previous obligation to send to employers the names of union leaders when a trade union is registered, and it allows workers to call on outside experts for advice during collective bargaining. “An initial review suggests that the amendments did address some of the ILO’s specific concerns, while falling short of several important steps called for by the ILO supervisory system to bring the law into conformity with ratified international labour standards,” the UN agency said. Based on an unofficial translation of the adopted amendments, ILO said the revised laws do not address a number of concerns, including a 30 per cent minimum membership requirement to form trade unions and the extension of the freedom of association and collective bargaining to workers in labour-intensive export processing zones. The UN agency also noted that the amendments do not prohibit discrimination in employment or remuneration, nor do they prohibit debt bondage by children or compulsory labour as a form of punishment. The ILO’s critiques are based on an unofficial translated of the adopted amendments, but the UN agency said its supervisory machinery will officially review the amended legislation later in the year. read more
There’s an important conversation ready to be had this week.Across campus and across the country, the topic of mental health will be in the spotlight Wednesday, Jan. 25 during Bell Let’s Talk Day.During the one-day annual initiative, Bell donates five cents towards mental health-related causes in Canada for every time someone uses its network to text, call, tweet, Instagram post, Facebook video view and Snapchat geofilter.Proceeds go to organizations and charities that apply and are awarded grant money from the Bell Community Fund to enhance mental health initiatives.Brock has been a past recipient of the fund, using the money to support an online mental health training module for students. The University plans to again apply for a grant in 2017, said Kathryn Walker, Brock’s Manager of Health Management and Wellness.“It is understood that mental health conditions are on the rise and one in five Canadians will suffer from a mental health-related condition in their lifetime,” said Walker. “This impacts quality of life both inside and outside of the workplace.”Human Resources undertakes initiatives and programming to ensure that supports and resources are in place for staff and faculty to address this increasing concern, she said.The wellness portion of Brock’s SharePoint intranet includes many resources that staff and faculty are encouraged to review, as well as monthly newsletters from Shepell, the University’s Employee and Family Assistance Plan (EFAP).Human Resources also develops a Wellness Calendar each month that highlights events and initiatives taking place on campus and in the broader community.A number of mental health-focused initiatives are being planned for Brock staff and faculty throughout the year.Similarly, the Brock University Students’ Union is taking a proactive approach to student wellness on campus.BUSU is transforming its former once annual Wellness Week into Wellness Wednesdays, to be held every other week during Fall and Winter terms.Jad Nasser, BUSU’s Vice-President of Student Services, said the late November timing of Wellness Week meant many students didn’t have time to participate because of final assignments and upcoming exams. The decision was made to break up the wellness days to provide continuous and ongoing support of mental health and student wellness throughout the year.Activities, run by BUSU with assistance from the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, will include free breakfast, cocktails and canvas, colouring books, free massages, manicures, a puppy room and yoga, among others.The first Wednesday event will take place Jan. 25 in conjunction with Bell Let’s Talk Day.Student activities for Bell Let’s Talk DayWednesday, Jan. 25:Free breakfast at Isaac’s Bar & Grill: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.Sponsored by BUSU and Alumni.‘Speak Up’ speech bubbles and pledge: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Scotiabank Hall, Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Advocacy Hub in Mackenzie Chown Complex A hallway, Lowenberger Residence cafeteria and DeCew Residence cafeteria.Wellness Wednesday Yoga: 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in CJ’s Lounge, DeCew Residence.Puppy room: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kenmore Centre.Coffee Lounge: 1 to 3 p.m. in the Student Justice Centre.Upcoming activities for staff and facultyWomen and Wellness event, hosted by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) NiagaraThursday, Feb. 16, 6 to 9 p.m. at Club Roma, 125 Vansickle Dr., St. CatharinesProceeds from the event, which aims to educate guests on mental health and mental illness, support the walk-in counselling program offered by CMHA Niagara.For more information on the event, visit the CMHA Niagara website.Mental health first aid training for staff and faculty on April 10 and 11.The two-day program, developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, builds on participants’ existing skills to increase comfort and confidence in working with individuals experiencing mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, deliberate self-harm and/or psychosis.To register, visit the Focus on Learning site.Mental Health Week is scheduled from May 1 to 7 and plans are in place to build on last year’s activities, which included a free yoga session, art therapy, a seminar on understanding depressive illness and a fundraising barbecue for CMHA Niagara.More details will be released as plans are finalized.Follow the Brock Employee Wellness Twitter and Facebook accounts for more information on upcoming initiatives.Brock University Students’ Union is hosting a series of events for Bell Let’s Talk Day on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Skybar Supervisor Lyndsay Bradford, Director of Student Life and Communications Curtis Gadula, Clubs Co-ordinator Emily Napper and, front, Marketing Co-ordinator Nathan Chick are ready to share what mental health means to them. read more