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Sunday, May 22, 2022

May 22, 2022

Russian President Bans US President, Zuckerberg, 961 Others From Entering Russia (FULL LIST)


 


Russia Bans Biden, Zuckerberg, 961 Americans From Entering The Country by fergie001: 7:27pm

Russia blacklists and bans 963 American citizens from entering the Russian Federation.


In the context of responding to the constantly imposed anti-Russian sanctions by the United States and in connection with incoming requests about the personal composition of our national "stop list", the Russian Foreign Ministry publishes a list of American citizens who are permanently banned from entering the Russian Federation.


We emphasize that the hostile actions taken by Washington, which boomerang against the United States itself, will continue to receive a proper rebuff. Russian counter-sanctions are forced and aimed at forcing the ruling American regime, which is trying to impose a neo-colonial "rules-based world order" on the rest of the world, to change its behavior, recognizing new geopolitical realities.


Russia does not seek confrontation and is open to honest, mutually respectful dialogue, separating the American people, who are always respected by us, from the US authorities, who incite Russophobia, and those who serve them. It is these people who are included in the Russian "black list".


The "Stop-list" include persons from the defence, Press, Political circle, Judiciary, private citizens, Congress and the IT world, prominent of whom are:


The US President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., his son Hunter and Vice President Kamala Devi Harris placed at Numbers 31, 32 and 868 respectively.


Others are:


US Secretary of State: Anthony John Blinken (No 68)

Hilary Diane Rodham Clinton (No 356),

White House Press Secretary: Jennifer Rene Psaki (No 629)

Speaker, US House of Reps: Nancy Patricia Pelosi (No 598)

Ex-US Sec of State to President Trump: Mike Pompeo (No 619)

Former NSA to President Trump: John Bolton (No 73)

CIA Director: William Joseph Burns (No 53)

US Secretary of Defense: James Lloyd Austin III (No 580)

US Deputy secretary of the Treasury: Adewale Adeyemo (No 4).


Others like Meta Chairman, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (No 907) and Open Society Institute Founder, George Soros (No 726) also made the list.


Actors/Filmmakers, Robert Reiner (No 637) and Morgan Freeman (No 840) who notably launched "The Committee to Investigate Russia," a nonprofit focused on fighting Russian interference in U.S. elections in 2017 were not left out


Even the dead made the cut as Three former US Senators who are deceased made the list:


John Sidney McCain III: A former Republican US Presidential Candidate in 2008 and a sitting US Senator (R-Arizona) until his death on August 25, 2018. (He appeared on No 475)


Harry Mason Reid: A long-serving US Senator (1987-2017: D-Nevada) who died on December 28, 2021 also appeared on (No 648).


Orrin Grant Hatch: The longest Serving Republican Senator in US history (1977-2019: R-Utah) died on April 23, 2022 also appeared on (No 906).

See full list



May 22, 2022

Opposition Candidate, Anthony Albanese Defeats Incumbent PM To Win Australia's Federal Election

Anthony Albanese

 

Anthony Albanese and his opposition Labor Party ended nine years of conservative government in Australia on Saturday, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison conceded defeat of the coalition he led.


A handful of races were still too close to call, but early results showed Labor winning at least 72 seats of the 76 needed to form a government. Alliances with independent and minor-party victors would give it a majority if it does not reach 76 seats by itself.


“Tonight, the Australian people have voted for change,” Mr. Albanese said in his victory speech in Sydney, during which he also repeated a theme of his campaign. “It says a lot about our great country that the son of a single mum who was a disability pensioner, who grew up in public housing down the road in Camperdown, can stand before you tonight as Australia’s prime minister.”


The Labor victory, on a campaign promising “renewal not revolution,” makes Mr. Albanese the fourth Labor leader to win the government from the opposition since World War II. After a race that became a referendum on Mr. Morrison and his combative style — in the final days he acknowledged that he could be “a bit of a bulldozer” and promised to change — the results pointed to exhaustion with the incumbent more than enthusiasm for the challenger.


“I’ve always believed in Australians and their judgment, and I’ve always been prepared to accept their verdict,” Mr. Morrison said in conceding.


Polls taken just before Election Day showed that neither candidate had approval ratings over 50 percent. But in the end, Mr. Albanese, who has spent his entire career in Labor Party politics, including 23 years in Parliament, managed to persuade voters that it was time for Labor and its promise of “a better future.”


Political analysts said the conservative Liberal-National coalition faltered in large part because the prime minister had lost the public’s trust as he defended a government pulled to the right by members who refused to seriously tackle problems like climate change, integrity in government and sexual harassment in politics.


Instead of Mr. Morrison’s blustery style — leading a government that passed little memorable legislation but successfully managed the early months of the pandemic — Mr. Albanese promised to be more collaborative, sharing the spotlight and the decision-making.


“He’s got an experienced and pretty talented frontbench, so I expect he will govern in a very collegial way,” said Paul Strangio, a politics professor at Monash University in Melbourne.


Professor Strangio added that while Labor ran a “small target” campaign that reduced the differences between the major parties on hot-button issues — such as taxes and coal — it also rolled out plenty of proposals to keep lawmakers busy for the next three years.


Mr. Albanese has promised to push for a higher minimum wage and for more money for the “caring economy” — child care centers, health care, nursing homes and disability services.


He and his party also pledged to nearly double Australia’s 2030 target for cuts to carbon emissions, bringing the country more in line with other developed countries; to support a federal anti-corruption commission; and to increase foreign aid in a broader plan to tighten relations with Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands to counter China’s growing ambitions.


James Curran, a historian at the University of Sydney, said many of Australia’s most successful Labor leaders — such as Paul Keating or Bob Hawke — exuded charisma and promised big shifts in how Australia worked, domestically and internationally.


Mr. Albanese, by contrast, won with a pitch for workmanlike competence and incremental change.


“Albanese upsets the historic apple cart,” Mr. Curran said. “But maybe our times suit this.”


New York Times

Saturday, May 21, 2022

May 21, 2022

Father Of 2 Dumps His Wife Of 10 Years For Beautiful Ukrainian Refugee That Came To Live With Them

Sofiia Karkadym

A British father-of-two has dumped his partner after falling for a 22-year-old Ukrainian refugee who came to live with them to escape the war.



Tony Garnett, 29, and his partner Lorna, 28, took in Sofiia Karkadym at the start of May, but just 10 days later their seemingly-happy marriage was torn apart when the he ran away with the refugee. 



The security guard, who lives in Bradford, West Yorkshire, says he has fallen in love with the 22-year-old and wants to spend the rest of his life with her. 



Sofiia, who fled the city of Lviv in western Ukraine, said she 'fancied' Tony as soon as she saw him and that the pair are living their very own 'love story'.



Admitting the pain this will cause Lorna, Tony said he has 'discovered a connection with Sofiia like I've never had before', adding that they 'know this is right'. 



The family had taken Sofiia in in an effort to do their bit to help Ukrainian's fleeing the Russian invasion, with Tony telling The Sun he 'wanted to do the right thing' and that she was the first person to get in touch on a Facebook page where he offered to house a refugee.



Just 10 days after moving in with Tony Garnett and his partner Lorna, Sofiia (pictured) and her new lover moved out
Sofiia, who works as an IT manager, flew into Manchester on May 4 after waiting for weeks in Berlin for her UK visa to be approved.


Tony said he and Sofiia quickly developed a connection, and while his six-year-old and three-year-old daughters also took a liking to her, his partner of 10 years did not. 


Tony, who speaks Slovakian, would talk with his future lover while she spoke Ukrainian, as the two languages are mutually intelligible.



Sofiia, who is an IT manager, fled the western Ukrainian city of Lviv to escape the war.. Pictured are refugees waiting to board a train at the main railway station in the city
However, this left Lorna not understanding what they were talking about.


'We were getting on brilliantly but at that time it was no more than that — although I can see why Lorna started to feel jealous and resentful of her,' Tony said.



As the days passed Sofiia would join Tony at the gym and they would talk in his car, while at home they grew physically closer.  

Daily Mail UK





 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

May 19, 2022

Putin Suspends 2 Generals After Failing To Capture Kharkiv & Sinking Of Russian War Ship


Vladimir Putin has suspended two senior commanders over Russia's failure to capture Kharkiv and the sinking of Black Sea Fleet flagship Moskva, during the Ukraine invasion


Russia has fired senior commanders who are considered to have performed poorly during the early stages of the Ukraine invasion, according to British intelligence.


Vladimir Putin is said to have axed two of his military leaders in relation to the failure to capture second city Kharkiv as well as the sinking of Moscow's flagship Moskva.


Lieutenant General Serhiy Kisel, who commanded the elite 1st Guards Tank Army, has been suspended, as has Vice Admiral Igor Osipov, who commanded Russia ’s Black Sea Fleet.


Russian Chief of the General Staff Valeriy Gerasimov, meanwhile, likely remains in a post, but it is unclear whether he "retains the confidence of President Putin", the intelligence says.


A statement from the Ministry of Defence adds: "A culture of coverups and scapegoating is probably prevalent within the Russian military and security system.


"Many officials involved in the invasion of Ukraine will likely be increasingly distracted by efforts to avoid personal culpability for Russia’s operational setbacks."


The 510-crew missile Moskva ship was struck by two Ukrainian missiles and was a major military blow for Russia.


Putin's nation still refuses to acknowledge that dozens and even hundreds of missing sailors on the ship are dead after it sank on April 14.


Kharkiv fell early during the war but in recent weeks, Russian forces have abandoned the area around the city.


"We have some success in these directions," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak told MSNBC this week.


It came as invaders across the country were forced to completely change tact after struggling to gain a central foothold as it moved in on Kyiv.


The capital city has always held firm and Kremlin fighters were eventually ordered to withdraw from the region to focus on the southeast.


However, despite several weeks of further bloody conflict on the new main front in the Donbas border region - which Moscow claims on behalf of separatists - it has made little headway.


Where Putin has seen rare success, is in Mariupol.


After months of daily shell attacks leaving the southern strategic port city almost completely in ruins, 700 Ukrainian fighters have this week surrendered allowing Russia to shore up control.


Kyiv has ordered its garrison in Mariupol to stand down, but the ultimate outcome of Europe's bloodiest battle for decades remains unresolved.


Moscow says it is engaged in a "special military operation" to demilitarise and "denazify" its neighbour.


The West and Kyiv call that a false pretext for invasion.


Around Slovyansk to the north of Donetsk, in the Donbas, Russian forces "suffered significant losses" around the settlement of Velyka Komyshuvakha, according to reports.


Ukrainian forces shelled a border village in Russia's western region of Kursk at dawn on Thursday, killing at least one civilian, regional Russian Governor Roman Starovoit said.


Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said Ukrainian saboteurs had blown up railway tracks ahead of an armoured train carrying Russian troops in the occupied southern city of Melitopol.


The Mirror UK




 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

Sweden & Finland Formally Apply To Join NATO


 

Sweden and Finland have formally submitted their applications to join Nato, in one of the biggest geopolitical consequences to date of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


The Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, personally accepted the Nordic neighbours’ membership applications at the headquarters of the 30-member, US-led defensive military alliance in Haren, in the north-east of Brussels.


“I warmly welcome the requests by Finland and Sweden to join Nato. You are our closest partners,” Stoltenberg said, hailing the occasion as “a historic step” and “a good day at a critical time for our safety”.


Sweden’s ambassador to Nato, Axel Wernhoff, and his Finnish colleague Klaus Korhonen handed over the application letters from the two Nordic countries, signed by their respective foreign ministers, shortly after 8am on Wednesday.



The Finnish president, Sauli Niinistö, and the Swedish prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, are due to travel to Washington on Thursday to meet the US president, Joe Biden, for talks on their countries’ application and European security more broadly.


“The security interests of all allies have to be taken into account and we are determined to work through all issues and reach rapid conclusions,” Stoltenberg said. “All allies agree on the importance of Nato enlargement. We all agree that we must stand together and we all agree that this is an historic moment which we must seize.”


Nato ambassadors are expected to discuss the applications on Wednesday and could give the green light on opening formal talks with the pair on their requests. However, the accession process requires the unanimous approval of all the alliance’s members and Turkey has said it will not support the applications.


Nato accession – including ratification by all member states – usually takes between eight and 12 months, but the alliance has said it wants to move quickly given the threat from Russia hanging over the Nordic countries’ heads. Canada has said it expects to ratify Finland and Sweden’s accession protocol within a few days.



Ankara says its objections are based on what is describes as Sweden and Finland’s support for members of Kurdish militant groups, and their decisions in 2019 to impose arms export embargos on Ankara over Turkey’s military operations in Syria.


Helsinki, Stockholm and the other western allies have said they are optimistic they can overcome Turkey’s objections. Many analysts believe the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who faces elections next year, is seeking concessions for domestic political advantage and is unlikely ultimately to veto the applications.


Andersson and Niinistö told a joint press conference in Stockholm on Monday that the Nordic neighbours, which have abandoned decades of military non-alignment since Russia’s onslaught on Ukraine, would go through the accession process “hand in hand”.


The Finnish parliament voted overwhelmingly on Monday to back the Helsinki government’s proposal to apply for Nato membership, while Andersson confirmed on Monday after a parliamentary debate in Stockholm that Sweden would do likewise.


Finland shares an 810-mile (1,300km) border with Russia and has maintained strict policies of neutrality then non-alignment since the end of the second world war, viewing Nato membership as a provocation of Moscow. Sweden has stayed out of military alliances, and has not fought a war, for more than 200 years.


However, Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February has led to a profound change in both countries’ thinking, with public support for Nato accession in Finland trebling to about 75% and surging to between 50% and 60% in Sweden.


The Guardian UK

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

Sweden Officially Signs Application Requesting To Join NATO


 

Sweden on Tuesday signed a formal request to join NATO, a day after the country announced it would seek membership in the 30-member military alliance. In neighboring Finland, lawmakers are expected later in the day to formally endorse Finnish leaders’ decision also to join.


The moves by the two Nordic countries, ending Sweden’s more than 200 years of military nonalignment and Finland’s nonalignment after World War II, have provoked the ire of the Kremlin.


While most NATO members are keen to welcome the two countries as quickly as possible, Turkey has potentially complicated their accession by saying it cannot allow them to become members because of their perceived inaction against exiled Kurdish militants.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday doubled down on comments last week indicating that the two Nordic countries´ path to NATO would be anything but smooth. All 30 current NATO countries must agree to open the door to new members. He accused the two Nordic countries of refusing to extradite “terrorists” wanted by his country.


In Stockholm, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde signed the formal request to join the Alliance, which she said would be sent to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg


“It feels like we have taken a decision that is the best for Sweden,” she said while signing the document.


Finnish President Sauli Niinisto arrived in Sweden for an official two-day visit and was welcomed by Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, who had invited him. Niinisto addressed Sweden's Parliament and said, “we took peace for granted; on Feb. 24 the peace was broken,” in a reference to the date that Ukraine was invaded by Russia.


“Our old ways of handling things no longer correspond to the new situation," Niinisto told Swedish lawmakers.“ Our relations with Russia have changed."


He also spoke about Erdogan's comments, saying they were “surprising and interesting.”


“Turkey’s statements have changed and toughened very quickly in recent days, but I am sure that we will resolve the situation with the help of constructive talks,” Niinisto said.


He is later to meet Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson.


On Twitter, Niinisto said that “the timing is excellent, a strong and stable Nordic region is our common cause.”


During a brief press conference, Carl XVI Gustaf said "the visit is characterized by the serious situation in our vicinity.” Niinisto added that “our security policy line has long been similar and even now, when the situation demands it, we take our steps together.”


ABC News



Monday, May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Like Finland, Sweden Announces Plans To Join NATO


 

Sweden has decided to follow neighboring Finland and apply for NATO membership, ending more than 200 years of military nonalignment because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, officials said Monday.


Sweden’s Prime Minister announced Monday that Sweden will join Finland in seeking NATO membership in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


The historic shift, which comes after more than 200 years of military nonalignment in the Nordic country, is likely to upset Russian President Vladimir Putin.


“We will inform NATO that we want to become a member of the alliance,” Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said.


The announcement came after a debate in Riksdagen, or Parliament, earlier Monday showed that there is a huge support for joining NATO. Out of Sweden’s eight parties, only two smaller left-leaning parties opposed it.


On Sunday, the Swedish Social Democrats broke with the party’s long-standing position that Sweden must remain nonaligned, paving the way for a clear majority for NATO membership in the parliament.


The move in Sweden came after neighboring Finland announced Sunday that it too would seek to join the 30-country alliance.


Public opinion in both countries was firmly against joining NATO before the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, but support for NATO membership surged quickly after that.





Sunday, May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022

Finland Announces It Will Join NATO Amidst Russia's War Against Ukraine


 

Russian neighbor Finland announces it wants to join NATO


Finland’s President and Government announced Sunday that the Nordic country intends apply for membership in NATO, paving the way for the 30-member Western military alliance to expand amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.


President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin made the announcement at a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki.


The Finnish Parliament is expected to endorse the decision in coming days, but it is considered a formality.


A formal membership application will then be submitted to NATO headquarters in Brussels, most likely at the some point next week.






Friday, May 13, 2022

May 13, 2022

Russia Cuts Electricity Supply To Finland Over Its Plans To Join NATO


 

Russia suspends electricity supplies to Finland, a supplier said on Friday as tensions rise over Helsinki's NATO bid amid Moscow's military campaign in Ukraine.


'We are forced to suspend the electricity import starting from May 14,' said RAO Nordic, a subsidiary of Russian state energy holding Inter RAO.


'RAO Nordic is not able to make payments for the imported electricity from Russia.'


The firm is not directly faced with Western sanctions over the invasion into Ukraine, Montel News reports. However the outlet adds Inter Rao Lietuva - its 51% owned Lithuanian subsidiary - is.


MailOnline has reached out to RAO Nordic for more information.


It comes as Russia yesterday accused Finland of 'pushing above its weight' as the country signalled its intention to join NATO.


Putin's EU ambassador vowed to bolster defences on the Russia and Finland's shared 800-mile-long border if it decided to join the alliance.


Vladimir Chizhov said if Finland joined it would lead to 'certain military-technical measures, like improving or raising the degree of defence preparations along the Finnish border'.


A move would 'certainly necessitate rethinking of Russian defence posture' but not 'necessarily [involve] troops and tanks, but certain preparations like radars, perhaps', he told Sky News.


Yesterday a former British ambassador to Russia has said there may be 'much more Russian nuclear deployment in the Baltic' areas in response to Finland potentially becoming a NATO member in light of the war in Ukraine.


Sir Tony Brenton told BBC's Newsnight programme the Kremlin may think 'it expands their view of NATO as a threat to them'.


He said: 'They will be very conscious especially as this war winds its way to a conclusion that their conventional forces have not produced the results they hoped for.


'They will be increasingly inclined therefore to use their nuclear strength as a demonstration they need to be taken seriously.


'I think we need to resign ourselves to the likelihood of much more Russian nuclear deployment in the Baltic area as a response to Finland's accession to NATO, when it comes, and Sweden's very likely one as well.' Daily Mail Uk





May 13, 2022

UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan Has Died

President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates

 

One of the richest monarchs in the world, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, has died at the age of 73.


Sheikh Khalifa was president of the UAE since 2004, but his role had been largely ceremonial since he suffered a stroke in 2014.


His half-brother, Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, is now in charge of state affairs.


The al-Nahyan family is believed to have a fortune of $150bn (£123bn).


As well as being president of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa was also the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the seven emirates which comprise the UAE.


News of his death was announced by the official WAM news agency.


The ministry of presidential affairs declared 40 days of mourning with flags at half-mast from Friday, and work suspended in the public and private sector for the first three days.


Sheikh Khalifa took over as the UAE’s second president in November 2004, succeeding his father as the 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi.


In the first decade of his rule, he presided over a major restructuring of both the federal government and that of Abu Dhabi.


But after his stroke, he was rarely seen in public, although he continued to issue rulings.


Under the UAE’s constitution, the vice-president Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, will act as interim president.


The federal council, which brings together the rulers of the seven emirates, must meet within 30 days to elect a new president.






Thursday, May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

Russia Threatens 'Retaliatory Steps' If Finland Joins NATO


 

Russia warned Finland that it would “be forced” to retaliate if the long-neutral country joined the Western military alliance, NATO, imminently, amid the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.


The Russian Foreign Ministry disclosed this in a statement Thursday.


The statement read, “Finland joining NATO is a radical change in the country’s foreign policy.


“Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps, both of a military-technical and other nature, in order to stop threats to its national security arising.”


The statement comes immediately after Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said the country should apply to join NATO “without delay.”


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 has shifted countries like Finland and Sweden’s calculus on NATO membership, with Finland also seriously considering lodging an application to join the alliance.





May 12, 2022

Calling Men Bald Is Sexual Harassment - Judge Rules


 

Calling a man "bald" is sexual harassment, a panel of balding judges has ruled.


Hair loss is much more prevalent among men than women, so using it to describe someone is a form of discrimination, an employment judge has concluded.


Commenting on a man's baldness in the workplace is equivalent to remarking on the size of a woman's breasts, the finding suggests.


The ruling - made by a panel of three men who in making their judgment bemoaned their own lack of hair - comes in a case between a veteran electrician and his manufacturing firm employers.


Tony Finn - who is now in line for compensation - had worked for the West Yorkshire-based British Bung Company for almost 24 years when he was fired in May last year.


He took them to the tribunal claiming, among other things, that he had been the victim of sex harassment following an incident with Jamie King, the factory supervisor.


Remarks about personal appearance 'crossed the line'


Mr Finn alleged that during a shop floor row that almost erupted into violence in July 2019, Mr King - nearly 30 years his junior - had referred to him as a “bald c—”.


The tribunal in Sheffield, North Yorkshire, heard that Mr Finn was fearful for his personal safety - but was less upset by the “Anglo Saxon” language than the comment on his appearance.


The allegation resulted in the panel, led by Judge Jonathan Brain, deliberating on whether remarking on his baldness was simply insulting or actually harassment.


"We have little doubt that being referred to in this pejorative manner was unwanted conduct as far as [Mr Finn] was concerned," the tribunal found.


"This is strong language. Although, as we find, industrial language was commonplace on this West Yorkshire factory floor, in our judgment Mr King crossed the line by making remarks personal to the claimant about his appearance.


. "It is difficult to conclude other than that Mr King uttered those words with the purpose of violating [Mr Finn's] dignity and creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for him.


"Of his own admission, Mr King's intention was to threaten [Mr Finn] and to insult him.


"In our judgment, there is a connection between the word 'bald' on the one hand and the protected characteristic of sex on the other.”


The ruling said the company’s lawyer “was right to submit that women as well as men may be bald”, but said: “However, as all three members of the tribunal will vouchsafe, baldness is much more prevalent in men than women.


"We find it to be inherently related to sex."


As part of its ruling, the panel raised a previous tribunal case where a man was found to have sexually harassed a woman by remarking on the size of her breasts to rebut the firm's point.


"It is much more likely that a person on the receiving end of a comment such as that which was made in [that] case would be female," the tribunal said.


"So too, it is much more likely that a person on the receiving end of a remark such as that made by Mr King would be male.


"The tribunal therefore determines that by referring to the claimant as a 'bald c—' … Mr King's conduct was unwanted, it was a violation of the claimant's dignity, it created an intimidating environment for him, it was done for that purpose, and it related to the claimant's sex."


Unfair dismissal ruling


The tribunal heard Mr Finn then wrote a statement about the incident with his son Robert, who was a police officer, on official West Yorkshire Police paper.


When this was handed to his bosses at the firm, a family business that makes traditional wooden cask closures for the brewing industry, they at first believed that he had reported the incident as a crime.


Mr Finn told them that it was not his intention to make the statement appear like an official police document. However, the firm accused him of trying to intimidate them and fired him for misconduct.


As well as upholding his sexual harassment claim, the tribunal ruled the company had dismissed him unfairly, because instead of waiting to hear from police after they complained about his son's involvement - as they had promised - they sacked him two working days later.


Judge Brain said: "Mr Steer and Mr Taylor are not criminal lawyers. They are not police officers. In our judgment, to the educated but untrained eye, the statement has all the hallmarks of having been made to West Yorkshire Police in connection with the investigation of an alleged crime.”


Mr Finn won claims of unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and being subjected to sexual harassment.


He lost an additional claim for age discrimination after the tribunal ruled that Mr King had not called him “old” but simply a “bald c—”.


Mr Finn's compensation will be determined at a later date. However, any payout will be reduced after the tribunal ruled he had contributed to his dismissal through his conduct.


Telegraph