Business report with Mike Eppel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email business|business report|labour statistics|mike eppel July 5: Canadian and U.S. labour market statistics due in, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. by News Staff Posted Jul 5, 2013 5:34 am MDT
“We are not aware at this stage that any previous intelligence contributed to these types of searches being implemented against female supporters.”The letter also claimed full body searches were carried out on children as young as five, with stewards branded “antagonistic”.Stevenage responded by announcing they had launched an internal investigation, while the EFL said it was looking into the matter as well. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A complaint that female fans were forced to show their bras to stewards before Stevenage’s match against Grimsby Town was under investigation on Monday.Both Stevenage and the EFL were examining allegations away supporters were ordered to lift their tops while queuing to get into Saturday’s League Two fixtures between the clubs.An open letter sent to Stevenage by Grimsby Town fans group the Mariners Trust also accused stewards of asking to feel the underwiring of any bras during the “gross invasion of privacy”.It read:“Several female supporters were asked to lift their tops up to show their bras to female stewards upon entry to the Lamex Stadium. This decision – in the queue in front of other supporters, including men and male stewards – is a gross invasion of privacy.“Female supporters have also since contacted us to state they were asked by female stewards if they could feel their bras if they confirmed that they were underwired. The supporters were made to feel uncomfortable and when they replied they would ‘rather not’ they were ‘reluctantly’ let into the ground.“This act would effectively constitute a sexual assault and these types of searches are unlawful. If deemed necessary, although we cannot see how feeling an underwire in a bra could be deemed so unless acting on previous intelligence, then any fans in question should have been taken to a private area of the ground to be searched by a female steward rather than being searched in full view of male stewards, fans and police.
READY TO ANSWER some challenging questions about the future of the Irish tourist industry?That’s what Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring are looking for members of the public, the tourism industry and tourists to do.People are being invited to contribute their ideas on future plans for Ireland’s tourism industry in a new Government initiative launched today.This is the first time this has been done since New Horizons back in 2003, and this time around it involves a consultation and question paper.This paper asks people to answer “challenging questions about the future of Irish tourism”.The consultation document has 20 topics on which views and submissions are invited. These include:Where our priority country markets should beWhat should the balance of spending be among marketing, events and attractionsHow we can build on the success of the GatheringHow can be best harness local authorities, communities, business to support tourismHow should we measure success, visits or revenue.Minister Varadkar said that tourism has moved “from crisis mode two years ago, firmly into recovery mode now”.He added: “With the success of The Gathering, a significant increase in overseas visits for three years in a row and a good summer for domestic tourism behind us, we now must ask ourselves, what next?”Varadkar said he wants this “to be the most far-reaching review of Irish tourism policy review in years”. Minister Ring said that they “want to hear from everybody on this”.Copies of the document will be available on the website of the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by post to: Tourism Policy, Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, 44 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Submissions should be sent by 1 November 2013.Read: German tourists boost passenger numbers at Knock Airport>Read: ‘Hipsters’ are the target of new Irish tourism campaign>