DOHERTY CLAIMS MINIMUM WAGE PLEDGE WON’T STOP CUTS TO LOWEST PAID

first_imgSinn Féin Spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty has welcomed the Government’s commitment to reverse the cut to the Minimum Wage – but then claimed that Fine Gael are using this promise as a political cover for wage cuts on the lowest paid.Speaking at Leinster House the Donegal South West Deputy said he welcomed the new Government pledge.However he went on to claim: “Fine Gael have also made clear their intention to cut the wages of hundreds of thousands of low paid workers.  The European Commission and IBEC are pressurising the Government to force down the cost of labour by slashing the wages of the lowest paid – those covered by the Joint Labour Committee agreements and Registered Employment Agreements. “The JLC and REAs cover more than 300,000 of the very lowest paid workers in our society.“They are based mainly in services industries, hospitality and trades, many of whom are part-time and the majority of whom are women.“Many of these workers are living on or below the Governments own poverty line. These are the people who Fine Gael, supported by IBEC and the European Commission, want to target in their quest to drive down wages.”Mr Doherty said it was clear to him that the reversal of the minimum wage cut, although welcome is being used by Fine Gael as political cover for wage cuts on the lowest paid. He said he expected such a policy from Fine Gael – but not Labour.“Workers have a right to know where Labour leader Eamonn Gilmore stands on this issue and I would ask him to make his position known,” he said.“Driving down the wages of the lowest paid will push thousands of families further into poverty. It will also create poverty traps and in some cases a disincentive to work. Crucially it will also damage the economy, as people will have less money to spend in the local economy, resulting in even more unemployment.”He added: “If  Fine Gael are serious about protecting the low paid they will not only reverse the cut to the minimum wage but will also protect the wage rates agreed under the JLCs and REAs.“However if they proceed then it is up to the Labour Party to stand by working people, do the right thing and stop the race to the bottom in terms of wages. “For our part Sinn Fein will continue to campaign alongside trade unions and other campaign groups to make sure that the already poor wages and conditions of low paid workers are protected from further attack.”DOHERTY CLAIMS MINIMUM WAGE PLEDGE WON’T STOP CUTS TO LOWEST PAID was last modified: April 13th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal South West TDminimum wagePearse Dohertylast_img read more

WEATHER ALERT: ‘SNOW STORM ON WAY TO DONEGAL AND BIG FREEZE COULD FOLLOW’ – FORECASTER

first_imgFORECASTERS have issued a weather warning for Co Donegal for Monday, and warn a Big Freeze could follow next weekend with temperatures falling as low as -10C.Peter O’Donnell from Irish Weather Online says latest weather models show that snow showers on Monday and Tuesday will be accompanied by winds gusting to 110km/hr.He says some models are warning of severe cold spell to follow from next weekend, although he says this is less certain at this stage. “We have issued an alert for severe wintry weather arriving on Monday (afternoon to evening) in the form of wintry showers, snow on at least higher ground, and very strong winds gusting to 110 km/hr at times on Monday and Tuesday,” said Peter today.“With somewhat less confidence, we are also looking further ahead to possible severe cold by the following weekend if some models are correct, and that might bring temperatures as low as -10 C over any snow cover that develops, otherwise about -7 C. There might also be limited recovery in the daytime with the possibility of freezing fog and “ice days” where daily maxima are also below freezing.“Confidence on the early phase of strong winds and wintry showers is about 90% now, and remains about 50-60 per cent on the severe cold to follow. It should be noted that the GFS model has begun to show this severe cold on today’s guidance, and the leading European model continues about as before, so now it’s only some of the less reliable guidance that is hesitant on the severe cold.”  MONDAY … Windy and turning colder in stages, with showers or drizzly rain in a strong to gale force westerly, temperatures steady 7-9 C during the early morning hours, then slowly falling to about 3-5 C later in the morning to mid-day for south which will see the cold front passing around 10:00 a.m. to noon, later showers possibly becoming wintry by afternoon and evening especially in Connacht and West Ulster, as temperatures continue to drift down in a strong westerly wind. There could be some hail and thunder with a second cold front arriving during the overnight hours. The overnight period will be very windy with blustery showers of sleet, hail and snow, and possibly some thunder, with temperatures not far from 1-2 C on average (the flow is coming straight from Greenland and over the near Atlantic Ocean surface temperatures of 9-10 C will warm the lower levels of this very cold air to about 3-5 C but those temperatures will only be felt briefly on land near sea-level, then temperatures will fall off rather quickly in the air mass when it loses contact with the ocean — this process will also generate a strong potential for thundery showers some of which could be snow and hail). TUESDAY … Very windy and cold with mixed wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow (accumulating to 3-7 cm on some northern hills) with west to northwest gale force winds 70-110 km/hr, risk of some severe gusts in the north, and temperatures steady in the 2-4 C range possibly dropping to 0-2 C where snow accumulates. The rain-snow line will rapidly fall to about 150m or lower and some of the passing squally showers could be thundery with large hail or snow. Blizzard-like conditions may develop in higher sections of the north. It will feel exceptionally cold in the wind and conditions may become severe for livestock in higher elevations especially. The northern coastal areas will be seeing near-hurricane force wind gusts at times and together with western Scotland they may be experiencing this as a sort of wintry version of a tropical storm force event (force 10-12 winds in the range of 50-70 knots over the North Atlantic both west and north of Donegal Bay).WEEKEND OUTLOOK … Colder again with the possibility of some snow streamers in eastern and central counties, as well as some parts of the northwest. Winds generally from the northeast although ranging from east to a little west of due north as troughs move southwest around the remnants of the earlier storm (by now in the Alps region of Europe). Severe cold may develop during the weekend, but for now we will suggest lows -5 to -2 C and highs -1 to +3 C with variable skies and some sunshine, also some patchy ice fog well inland, streamers of snow near east coast and Donegal Bay. The coldest part of this pattern is suggested for about Monday 11th and could persist for several days. At some point there could be highs below freezing and lows in the -10 to -7 C range, even colder if snow cover developed and clear skies followed. This scenario is the most likely, but there is some chance of a milder outcome with highs in the 4-7 C range and mixed or sleety precipitation in this time frame. WEATHER ALERT: ‘SNOW STORM ON WAY TO DONEGAL AND BIG FREEZE COULD FOLLOW’ – FORECASTER was last modified: February 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily weatherWEATHER ALERT: SNOW STORM ON WAY TO DONEGAL – BIG FREEZE COULD FOLLOWlast_img read more

FERRIES SET TO RUN AGAIN ON SWILLY AND FOYLE

first_imgTHE FOYLE Ferry between Greencastle and Magilligan will begin operations again this Friday.And a weekend service between Buncrana and Rathmullan will operate again in June, followed by a full daily service in July and August.The routes are threatened with closure every year due to a lack of funding but subsidies from Donegal and Limavady councils have been released again to allow the services to operate.  FERRIES SET TO RUN AGAIN ON SWILLY AND FOYLE was last modified: March 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FERRIES SET TO RUN AGAIN ON SWILLY AND FOYLElast_img read more

Vipers SC sack head coach Miguel da Costa

first_imgMiguel da Costa has been at Vipers SC for two seasons (File Photo)After winning the 2017/18 Uganda Premier League, news reaching PML Daily indicate that Vipers SC have sacked head coach Miguel da Costa.Da Costa has been in charge of the Kitende based side for two years, winning one league title and also reaching the Uganda Cup final last season.Vipers on Tuesday afternoon released a statement confirming that they had indeed sacked Da Costa.“The Vipers SC management has today the 17th July 2018 as part of its restructuring process and preparation for the CAF club competitions and upcoming Uganda Premier League season relieved it’s head coach Miguel Jorge Da Costa of his services to the club as coach, read the statement.“Vipers SC would like to thank Coach Da Costa for his commitment and service to the club and wishes him success in his career advancement going forward.In his first season, he led Vipers to a second place finish in the league and also saw the side eliminated in the initial stages of the CAF Confederations Cup where they lost to South African club Platinum Stars over two legs.PML Daily contacted one of Vipers’ senior players who asked for his identity to remain a secret and he confirmed the proceedings.“Yes i have also been told by the club officials that the coach (Miguel da Costa) has been sacked, he said.“We are still not sure as to why it has happened but there will be a team meeting in the next few days where hopefully an explanation will be availed to us.The development comes barely a week after the Venoms were eliminated from the CECAFA Kagame Cup at the quarter finals stage by Kenyan giants Gor Mahia.The Kagame Cup is officially the last tournament that the Portuguese take charge of Vipers in and it remains to be seen who his replacement will be.Comments Tags: miguel da costatopvipers sclast_img read more

One of these players will likely be Raiders’ first pick

first_imgAllen, playing in … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)INDIANAPOLIS — After a week at the NFL Scouting Combine, realistic options for the Raiders at No. 4 are beginning to crystallize.Plenty can still change in the less than two months between now and the draft, but here are the players who seem to be the five most likely Raiders after Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden submit their card for the fourth pick on April 25.Kentucky edge Josh Allenlast_img read more

Bochy inches closer to milestone win in blowout led by Giants veterans

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.BALTIMORE — The bad days have outnumbered the good for both Jeff Samardzija and Evan Longoria since they joined the Giants, but on Sunday in Baltimore, the veterans shared the spotlight in a game the duo can consider one of its best.Longoria tied his season-highs with three hits and three RBIs while Samardzija recorded his fourth quality start in the last two years in a 8-1 series-clinching win over the worst team in …last_img read more

Celebrating Africa

first_imgAlready the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development predicts that Africa’s economic growth this year will reach 5.8%; a real increase on last year’s 5%. It’s expected that the substantial spin-offs arising from an African hosted 2010 World Cup will help to spur this growth even further, creating a better continent for us all to live in.Between now and 2010, we at the International Marketing Council of South Africa will be vigorously marketing South Africa to the world. But we are fully aware that while 2010 may be hosted by us, it is essentially an African event.We particularly give our support to the five African countries on whose shoulders the hopes of Africa will be carried at the 2006 World Cup. To Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Tunisia – all of us on the continent will be watching your progress with excitement and hope that when South Africa hosts the 2010 event one of you will be the defending champion.Go well and bring the World Cup back to Africa!ENDSIssued by:        Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of:    The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC)Tumelo Kumalo (011) 483 0122 tumelok@imc.org.zalast_img read more

Keep an eye on insect threshold levels

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is no surprise that, after a very mild winter, insects are becoming a big concern for Ohio growers. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Field Agronomist Ryan Terry talks about what insects are causing damage early and what can be done to protect the crop. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

Google Buys DocVerse: People as Important as the Technology

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… The news that Google is buying DocVerse is now official.The reasons why Google bought this small company can be learned by taking a look at the people who started this small company out of Seattle.Shan Sinha and Alex DeNeui worked at Microsoft before launching DocVerse in 2007. Sinha ran product strategy for Sharepoint and SQL, 1.6B and $3.0B products, respectively. DeNeui served as program manager on the SQL Server Strategy Team and the program manager for the WinFS ISV Team.The two have built a strong company that will help Google in its battle with Microsoft. Sinha and DeNeui know Microsoft products. They know the Microsoft processes and its culture. DocVerse understands the challenges of working on deeply collaborative technologies. That’s a goal for Google as it continues to develop Google Apps. The DocVerse application installs a lightweight plug-in that is installed in the background of the user’s machine.The plug-in opens a widget in the document sidebar that includes a unique link. Any time a user makes an update to a Microsoft docment, the plug-in syncs the web page that is associated with the document. Every modification gets synced. When multiple people work on a document, the updates are made through the plug-in and versions are stored online.Syncing will become increasingly important for companies as more of the workforce uses smartphones. Google does a good job with email synchronization. But enterprise collaboration tools have a higher level of complexity. Co-editing, for instance, has to carry from the PC to the mobile device among mulitple users. Interestingly, Jive Software uses the DocVerse functionality for their product add-on: Jive Connects for Microsoft Office. The competition is getting fierce in the enterprise space. We wonder how this competition will affect the DocVerse relationship with Jive.center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#news alex williamslast_img read more

Facebook’s Latest App-Permissions Change Could Land It In German Court

first_imgTags:#Facebook#privacy#web Facebook has changed the way it seeks permission to share users’ personal information with third-party apps and games, a move that could land the social network in a European court. A German consumer advocacy group is threatening to sue the social network unless it gives users a clear choice on whether they agree to share information.Why Privacy Advocates Are Angry What has provoked the Federation of German Consumer Organizations  is Facebook’s decision to drop the “Allow” and “Don’t Allow” buttons used in choosing whether to share personal information with a game or app. Rather than offer the choice in a no-nonsense permissions page, Facebook now shows in the App Center a page with colorful images and a single button that reads, “Play Game.” Under the button is the list in gray font, which could make it seem less important than text in bolder type.Avi Charkham, co-founder of MyPermissions, lists five design elements on Facebook’s new page that he claims play down the fact that in choosing to play a game, people are giving up lots of information. To see exactly what’s being shared with the app developer, users have to roll over a question mark that then shows they are giving up their name, friends list, email, user ID, networks and “any other information you made public.”Getting such information to advertisers is the core of Facebook’s business model – which naturally leads to pressure to push the envelope on privacy. “Facebook will push the concept of consent to the breaking point,” said David Jacobs, consumer protection fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center.Has Facebook Crossed The U.S. Line?To the Federation of German Consumer Organizations, Facebook crossed the line with its latest site change. In the U.S., though, that line is blurry. Under a recent Federal Trade Commission order, Facebook is required to first obtain “affirmative, express consent” from a user before sharing information with a third party. In addition, the company has to “clearly and prominently disclose” the information shared.Facebook did not respond to a request for comment. Presumably, it believes that by agreeing to play a game, users are also agreeing to share personal data. Also, rolling over a question mark for details could technically satisfy the disclosure requirement. “Having the user click to use the app probably counts as affirmative consent,” Jacobs said. “But the App Center disclosures might not be clear and prominent.”Pressure On Privacy Won’t Stop Whether or not the recent changes meet U.S. or German requirements, it’s unlikely the company will stop looking for ways to mine the wealth of information it collects from provide. In a recent interview, Facebook engineer Andrew Bosworth, whose mission is to find ways to increase ad dollars from the company’s mobile app, said he is exploring ways to use a smartphone’s audio sensor to trigger relevant ads. For example, if you’re at a Bruce Springsteen concert, then you might be in the mood for buying the artist’s latest album.The site is also investigating the money-making possibilities of sending ads based on a user’s place and time. “Maybe you’re walking past somewhere we know you’ll like and it tells you there’s a deal you can get,” Bosworth told Technology Review, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Ads don’t have to be a distraction.”Facebook’s Balancing Act Like other Internet companies, Facebook is fishing for profits in the ocean of user information it gathers. But Facebook is unique in that it has to balance selling the information people think they are sharing only with friends while also respecting their privacy. That’s a high-wire act that’s likely to require constant adjustments to avoid a disastrous fall. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification antone gonsalveslast_img read more