Monday, 10 October 2011

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1.  Pilot's arrest in Fiji strains union-Qantas ties
A union says the arrest and imprisonment of an Australian pilot in Fiji may put its relationship with Qantas in further jeopardy.

Air Pacific pilot Shalend Scott, 37, has been in jail for a week, charged with unlawful access to documents.

The Australian and International Pilots Association is already in a dispute with Qantas, but the arrest of Mr Scott in Fiji may make matters worse.

It says Mr Scott, who is the secretary of the Fijian pilots association, was arrested as part of an anti-union crackdown.

Qantas says Mr Scott is not an employee and his arrest is a matter for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Qantas owns almost half of Air Pacific, which, it is alleged, helped the Fijian government draft a tough new anti-union decree.

Documents appear to show Air Pacific paid a US law firm to draft Fiji's new Emergency Industries (Employment) decree, which critics have described as an anti-union crackdown by the country's military government.

The decree has been widely condemned by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and human rights groups.

Qantas owns 46 per cent of the Fijian airline, and two Qantas directors also sit on its board.

At the time the allegations surfaced, a spokesman said Qantas had no involvement in the day-to-day running of Air Pacific, and Air Pacific did not return the ABC's calls or emails.

The Australian union says it will break off negotiations with Qantas on Tuesday if the company does not help secure Mr Scott's release.

2.  Abu Dhabi market dips 0.07%

The ADX General Index closed off 0.07% at 2,498.00 points. In a more than lacklustre trading session, shares of Etisalat, Dana Gas, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank closed even. Aldar Properties fell 1.79% to Dhs1.10. Gulf Medical Projects Co. posted the largest advance, ending 9.71% higher at Dhs1.92. Only 27.7m shares were traded, valued at Dhs40.7m.

3.  New metro line boosts visits to Dubai malls

Shopping malls near Dubai's newly opened Green Line are reporting growing footfall as more customers opt to take the Metro over their cars, The National has reported. BurJuman mall and Al Ghurair Centre, both undergoing major expansions, are enjoying strong traffic from the Metro because they are near intersections between the Green and Red lines. "I think the opening of the Green Line has helped us, and we have definitely seen an increase in footfall," Eisa Adam Ibrahim, general manager of BurJuman mall, told the daily.

4. Looking for Campbell A.M.E. Church history
ANNIVERSARY: Church celebrating 123 years in community
This small church on Chatham's east side is planning a special service Nov. 13 to celebrate its 123rd anniversary — but it's missing a significant portion of its history.

Rev. Alcott Alda Germany, who came to the church in 2008, said when he's held previous anniversary services, judging from the scarcity of available information, it looks like the church just opened a few years ago.

This year, the reverend told his congregation, "I want you to go out and dig and find something" about the church's history.

Germany said Chatham is home to one of only 10 African Methodist Episcopal churches left in Canada, so it is important to explore the history.

He particularly wants to know the details of how the church began, since it is still located on the original site, and who were the people involved in the formation.

"Whoever they were we should acknowledge what they've done, because 123 years later this church is still here," Germany said.

Lorraine Young, who has attended the church for more than 40 years and is one of the people working on researching the history, said she has the deeds dating back to 1888 that detail the purchase of the land and how much the mortgage was.

"That's all, there's nothing from then on," she said.

In 1984, the roof came off the building, which there is plenty of information about, she said.

"But, there's just totally nothing from before," said Young, who has also done research at the Chatham-Kent Public Library.

Young said the congregation is hoping some publicity will turn up people with information, such as programs from special services or newspaper clippings, that they would be willing to share.

"Sometimes you have stuff in the house and it just stays there," Young added.

She said some people might not think it's important to anyone else, "but it is. We need to gather what we can now."

Anyone who is willing to share historical information is asked to drop it off at the church, located on the corner of King Street East and Prince Street South. People can also call Young at 519-352-0134 and she will make arrangements to pick it up.

"We're just very anxious to get the information," Young said.


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