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Nov 3, 2011

Cricket-Pakistan trio jailed for spot-fixing

LONDON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt,
Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed on Thursday for
their roles in a spot-fixing scandal which the judge said had
damaged the integrity of the game in the eyes of the world.

Former captain Butt was sentenced to 30 months, while Asif
was given one year and fellow pace bowler Amir six months as the
sporting world was given a strong message that corruption would
be punished by much more than fines and suspensions.

Nov 3, 2011

Pakistan’s Butt, Asif, Amir jailed for spot-fixing

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt and bowler Mohammad Asif were jailed for 30 months and one year respectively on Thursday after being found guilty of taking bribes to fix parts of a test match against England in 2010.

Pace bowler Mohammad Amir, who pleaded guilty before the trial of his two team mates, was sentenced to six months in a case that prosecutors said had revealed rampant corruption at the heart of international cricket.

Nov 3, 2011

Cricket-Pakistan players jailed for spot-fixing

LONDON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Former Pakistan cricket captain
Salman Butt and bowler Mohammad Asif were jailed for 30 months
and one year respectively on Thursday after being found guilty
of taking bribes to fix parts of a test match against England in
2010.

Pace bowler Mohammad Amir, who pleaded guilty before the
trial of his two team mates, was sentenced to six months in a
case that prosecutors said had revealed rampant corruption at
the heart of international cricket.

Nov 2, 2011

UK offers unions new pension deal to avert strike

LONDON (Reuters) – The government offered unions a revised deal on public sector pension reforms on Wednesday, but unions said it was not enough to avert a day of strike action planned for later this month.

Unions representing upwards of 2 million workers have been locked in a bitter dispute with the government over its plans to raise pension contributions as part of austerity measures to tackle a big budget Udeficit.

Nov 2, 2011

Government offers unions new pension deal to avert strike

LONDON (Reuters) – The government offered unions a revised deal on public sector pension reforms on Wednesday, but unions said it was not enough to avert a day of strike action planned for later this month.

Unions representing upwards of 2 million workers have been locked in a bitter dispute with the Conservative-led coalition government over its plans to raise pension contributions as part of austerity measures to tackle a big budget deficit.

Oct 31, 2011

Government may use courts to stop “political” strike

LONDON (Reuters) – The government may try to stop or delay a planned national strike over pension reform involving millions of public-sector workers by urging employers to mount a court challenge arguing the walkout is unlawful, lawyers said.

Unions representing upwards of 2 million workers are busily balloting members ahead of the one-day stoppage on November 30 in a row over the deficit-cutting coalition government’s plan to increase employee pension contributions.

Oct 31, 2011

British govt may use courts to stop “political” strike

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The British government may try to
stop or delay a planned national strike over pension reform
involving millions of public-sector workers by urging employers
to mount a court challenge arguing the walkout is unlawful,
lawyers said.

Unions representing upwards of 2 million workers are busily
balloting members ahead of the one-day stoppage on Nov. 30 in a
row over the deficit-cutting coalition government’s plan to
increase employee pension contributions.

Oct 21, 2011

Beating crime seeks to pay dividends for investors

PETERBOROUGH, England (Reuters) – More than three quarters of those charged during rioting which tore through cities this summer were repeat offenders — a problem Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has pinned on a “growing feral underclass” that urgently needs rehabilitating.

Now, a radical scheme launched by the Conservative-led coalition government in eastern England last year aims to use private money to reform convicts and cut reoffending rates.

Oct 12, 2011

Scrap metal hunt wrecking UK warship graves-veterans

LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – The heads of seven European naval
veterans’ associations have accused Dutch salvage vessels
hunting for valuable scrap metal of desecrating the war graves
of sailors entombed in three British World War One warships off
the Dutch coast.

The Royal Navy ships, HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy,
were sunk 22 miles off the Netherlands in 1914 by a German
submarine and are the resting place of 1,500 sailors.

Oct 6, 2011

Unions up pressure on government as strike ballots fly

LONDON (Reuters) – British trade unions said on Thursday they were pressing ahead with balloting millions of workers about a strike next month in a row over the deficit-ridden government’s plan for increases in employee contributions to public-sector pensions.

Labour leaders voiced scepticism that a deal could be struck to avert a mass walkout.