Lawyer raps job dispute delays

UNJUSTIFIABLE delays by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) are costing the country millions, an employment lawyer claimed.

Solicitor Liam Moloney said a massive growth in employment disputes had led to a huge backlog of cases waiting to be heard by the EAT.

He called for the incoming government to reform the tribunal's procedures to ensure speedier resolution of employment claims.

"It's taking the three-person tribunal up to five months in hundreds of cases to deliver a decision," Mr Moloney said.

Six killed in Egypt riots

Thousands of Egyptians have vented their rage against President Hosni Mubarak's autocratic government for two straight days of protests that defied a ban on public gatherings.

Baton-wielding police responded with tear gas and beatings in a crackdown that has shown no tolerance for dissent.

One protester and a policeman were killed yesterday, bringing the two-day death toll to six.

Some 860 people have been rounded up, and Facebook, Twitter and mobile phones -- key to organising protests -- have been disrupted.

Military training on gay ban lift

US Officials said Pentagon leaders will roll out a plan that is expected to give the military services about three months to train their forces on the new law allowing gays to serve openly.

The plan will outline the swath of personnel, recruiting and other regulations that must be changed.

And it will describe three levels of training for the troops, their commanders and the key administrators, recruiters and other leaders who will have to help implement the changes.