PLANS to increase the National Minimum Wage have been met with divided opinions by a number of business groups.The Small Firms Association has condemned the Low Pay Commission’s recommendation of an increase in the National Minimum Wage.Linda Barry, SFA Acting Director, said “There is no justification for any increase in the National Minimum Wage at this time. Small firms, many of which have yet to feel the economic recovery, have been further destabilised by Brexit. On behalf of the small business community, the SFA calls on the Government to reject the increase proposed by the Low Pay Commission.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Small businesses are the backbone of the Irish economy, accounting for 98% of all businesses and half of private sector employment. Small firm owner-managers have identified wage inflation as the biggest threat to their businesses in the coming year. The recommendations of the Low Pay Commission are out of touch with the reality that these businesses are facing. Additional cost pressures will put jobs in small firms in jeopardy,” Barry continued.“Many small companies will give pay rises this year, but the minimum wage must take into account the situation of the most vulnerable businesses. Brexit-related exchange rate movements have already left Irish firms 19% less competitive in the British market than they were in December 2015. Competitiveness is crucial if small businesses are to maintain and create jobs – the Irish minimum wage is already 6% higher than the UK equivalent and an increase will only make the situation more challenging,” Barry concluded.The Restaurants Association of Ireland say that an increase in the minimum wage will have a disproportionate negative impact on rural restaurants and the rural economy which is yet to see signs of recovery like that of urban areas. If the recommended increases are accepted, the RAI predict restaurant closures in rural and border counties.Trade union Unite has slammed what it termed an “insulting” recommendation by the Low Pay Commission.If this recommendation is accepted by the Government, the lowest-paid workers will suffer a real pay cut after inflation at a time when profits in some low-paid sectors have been soaring.Commenting, Unite Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly said:“The Low Pay Commission has missed an opportunity to use the National Minimum Wage as a strategic tool to start ending the scandal of low pay and ensuring that no-one earns below the Living Wage.“Instead, at a time when some low-paid sectors – such as hospitality – are booming, with profits over 40 per cent above pre-crash levels, workers are being told that they are worth just 10 cent more. That is an insult to low-paid workers.“The recommendation makes almost no progress on bringing low-paid workers up to the Living Wage: instead, it may actually drive workers further into poverty, since they will suffer a real pay cut after inflation.“Unite is urging the Government to reject the Commission’s recommendation and announce a real increase in the Minimum Wage – thus telling low-pay employers that poverty pay is not OK”, Jimmy Kelly concluded. Email Facebook Advertisement Previous articleThere’s Mr. F*ckin’ Caplis – John Caplis is 12 Years a TeacherNext articleGarda appeal for missing Limerick teen Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print BusinessNewsIncrease in the minimum-wage divides groupsBy Staff Reporter – July 22, 2016 848 WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin
A Lifford man has been told by a Judge that he should walk to his local betting shop the next time he wants to put on a wager.Michael Patrick Brown, of Coolatee, Lifford appeared at Letterkenny District Court on a charge of illegal parking.The court heard that the 37 year old parked on double yellow lines on Main Street, St Johnston on February 8th last. Judge Paul Kelly told Brown he would need to walk a little bit the next time he wants to visit the bookmakers instead of parking outside it.He fined the accused €80.LIFFORD MAN ON PARKING CHARGE TOLD TO WALK TO BOOKIES was last modified: September 17th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)
A Donegal woman has presented a kind donation to the North West Cancer Centre following her recovery from breast cancer.Joanne Doherty from Moville received such outstanding care during her treatment at Altnagelvin Hospital that she was inspired to raise funds for the much-valued service.Joanne was first diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and has thankfully come out the other side. As she celebrated her 50th birthday this year, Joanne decided to do something different and have an online birthday fundraiser in lieu of gifts.She also held a successful coffee morning in the Grencrow Hall in Moville in January 2019.Joanne’s fundraisers have raised a fantastic £3,055 in support of the cross-border North West Cancer Centre. She and her family recently visited Altnagelvin to present the donation to the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust), which was gratefully received by staff members Tara McIntyre and Caroline McLaughlin. Cancer survivor gives back with generous donation to Altnagelvin was last modified: March 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Altnagelvindonationjoanne dohertyNorth West Cancer Centre
Dr Robert Gess with the fossil discovered near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. Dr Gess describes his discovery as a truly exciting addition to the record of earth’s history. (Images: Wits University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Robert Gess Evolutionary Studies Institute, Wits University +27 46 625 0009 or +27 82 759 5848. RELATED ARTICLES • Lifetime award for top scientist • Open-access research data for SA • Research output rises, papers double Rudo MungoshiThe recent ground-breaking discovery of a fossilised scorpion near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape provides evidence for the oldest known land living animal in Southern Africa.Discovered by Dr Robert Gess from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, this unique 360 million year old specimen was recently named Gondwanascorpio emzantsiensis.Dr Gess said the fossil was the only known land animal from Gondwana, a former supercontinent comprising Africa, South America, Australia, India and Antartica. “At that time South Africa was quite close to the South Pole, whereas all other important fossil sites of this age were deposited around landmasses that were situated near the tropics during the Devonian,” explained Gess. The Devonian is a geological period dating back around 400 million years.Dr Gess described the finding as a truly exciting addition to the record of earth’s history that would build the reputation of country as an exceptional paleontological hub. “For the first time we know that not only scorpions, but whatever they were preying on, were already present in the Devonian period.”He added: “This finding is the first page in the history of land living animals in Southern Africa. My research is taking the story deep into time when the first true trees began to spread, creating diverse niches for invertebrates and ultimately terrestrial vertebrates.”Scorpion fossil discovered at Waterloo FarmDr Gess discovered the scorpion buried in rocks at Waterloo Farm near Grahamstown after spending a several every week splitting shale with a pen knife and a small masonary chisel.“I chipped off the mudstone covering a pincer. I immediately recognised that it was a scorpion pincer. It was a great moment,” he said. He said he could probably have mistaken it for a plant fragment had he not spent much time researching the area, going back almost twenty years.Dr Gess believes that the fossilised scorpion might have fallen or was washed into an estuarine lagoon and rapidly buried in extremely fine grained oxygen- depleted mud that could have prevented its decay.The weathering of the landscape brought the rock layers close to surface, where they were unexpectedly exposed by road works in 1985. It was the first time rocks were exposed to the light after 360 million years.“The estuarine muds were in turn covered with sand and eventually buried deep in the earth’s crust where they were transformed into rock still bearing the imprint of scorpion bits,” he said.Earliest life moved on to landAccording to Dr Gess, the movement of life onto land began during the Silurian Period, more than 420 million years ago. The first wave of life that moved from water onto the land consisted of plants which gradually increased in size and complexity throughout the Devonian Period.This initial colonisation of land was closely followed by plant and debris-eating invertebrate animals such as primitive insects and millipedes.By the end of the Silurian period about 416 million years ago, predatory invertebrates such as scorpions and spiders were feeding on the earlier colonists of land.During the Carboniferous period around 360 million years ago, early vertebrates – four-legged creatures – in turn left the water and started feeding on the invertebrates.“For the first time we know for certain that not just scorpions, but whatever they were preying on, were already present in Gondwana in the Devonian,” said Dr Gess.By the end the Devonian period, Gondwana had a complex terrestrial ecosystem, comprising invertebrates and plants which had all the elements to sustain terrestrial vertebrate life that emerged around this time or slightly later, he said.Other discoveriesDr Gess has also discovered 20 different types of fish and numerous plant species at the Waterloo farm.These include jawless fish, such as Priscomyzon, armour plated placoderm fish, Acanthodian “spiny sharks”, ray finned fish and lobe finned fish.In 1999 and 2008, Dr Gess worked closely with the SA National Roads Authority to rescue large samples of rock that were going to be destroyed to upgrade the road. “I have been painstakingly working through them since then. The sample is a scientific treasure trove that keeps me going.”
North Korean supporters sing ahead of the free skating pair, figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — To pour on the charm at the Pyeongchang Olympics, North Korea has turned to ball-gown clad singers, pompom-waving cheerleaders and two of its most influential women. And the media, the South Korean public and the Olympic audience worldwide seem to be thoroughly enjoying the spectacle.But should they be?ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Some went so far as to film cheerleaders’ rooms from outside their windows, the report said. TV Chosun, voyeuristically shooting through room windows, claimed an exclusive of the North Korean cheerleaders watching South Korean TV shows. The Yonhap News agency published photos of cheerleaders inside a women’s restroom washing their hands and waiting in line outside toilets.North Korea has sent women south to win hearts and minds before.The idea dates back to Kim Jong Il, the current leader’s father, who dispatched:— a 288-member cheering squad to South Korea for the Busan Asian Games in 2002;—306 women to Daegu for the 2003 Universiade;— a 125-member squad for the Incheon Asian Athletics Championships in 2005.Kim Jong Un’s wife is an alumnus of the cheering squads. She went to the Incheon event.The squads are usually made up of young women, often students or government workers from Pyongyang, selected for their looks, musical skills and family standing.At their first appearance at a competition, an ice hockey game featuring the joint North-South women’s team, they started off with a popular North Korean song called “Happy to Meet You.”That had been a matter of concern. Read Next View comments US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon PLAY LIST 01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:45Australian student detained in N. Korea ‘released, safe’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Pretty much every song performed in public in the North is political (as is everything else; that’s what totalitarianism means, after all), and even tunes that might sound like simple love songs are almost always devoted to Kim Jong Un or one of his predecessors.In a later game, one squad held up masks of a handsome young man, which some observers speculated was Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung. That would have clearly run afoul of organizers’ expectations. Officials quickly denied the rumors, though it remains unclear who the mystery man was intended to be.“Because the cheerleaders and the performance squads are Koreans like us, it’s natural to have a good feeling toward them,” said Shin In-kyun, president of the Korea Defense Network, a nonpartisan group of defense experts. “But we should not forget the intention of the brutal North Korean regime that’s hidden behind it.”“Right now, it seems we are distracted,” he said. “North Korea’s operation is working.” Wozniacki irate over opponent’s ‘unfair’ grunting in Qatar win Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The sister’s arrival generated a good deal of serious reporting, juxtaposed with the presence of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife. But she got a full dose of the tabloid treatment from the moment she arrived.There were some extremely unlikely comparisons to Ivanka Trump, who is expected to attend the Games’ closing ceremony. South Korea’s TV Chosun television network put together a separate report to analyze her fashion and appearance and pointed out her freckles and makeup. One analyst even speculated she might be pregnant.The reporting was “a personal insult and diplomatic mistake,” the Citizens’ Coalition for Democratic Media, a media watchdog, said in a report.It was hardly the exception.South Korean broadcasters focused on the legs of the North Korean cheerleaders to highlight their bodies, while they tended to show the heads and chests of North Korean men on the day of their arrival in the South, while images of the cheerleaders’ black ankle boots and bare calves were repeated frequently.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Despite the focus on campy weirdness and implications of salaciousness, the North’s feminine touch in Pyeongchang is a potent — and deliberately manipulative — political statement. Young and attractive women, intended to put a “soft” face on the North’s totalitarian regime, have long been one of the ruling Kim family’s favorite propaganda tools.North Korea, one of the most patriarchal of societies around, deployed two of its most powerful women to spearhead its Olympic diplomacy campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCompletely overshadowing a 90-year-old statesman who was nominally in charge of the North’s delegation, Kim Jong Un sent his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, who while still just 30 years old is head of the ruling party’s Propaganda and Agitation Department.He also shocked Seoul by sending Hyon Song Wol, who is better known as the lead singer of the domestic cadre-pleasing, miniskirt-wearing Moranbong Band. She is now also a senior ruling party member. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Mohun Bagan Mohun Bagan to question Kamo Bayi over performance against East Bengal Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:11 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohun Bagan East Bengal Calcutta Premier Division A The Green and Maroon brigade have expressed their disappointment over the display by striker Kamo Bayi in their last three crucial games… Mohun Bagan officials are taking stock of the performance of the Calcutta Football League (CFL) and Kamo Bayi has been at the centre of their attention.The striker, who finished as the second highest scorer in the competition, couldn’t make as much impact especially in the high profile derby against East Bengal last weekend. He didn’t score against Mohammedan Sporting, Peerless and East Bengal.“The technical committee is not satisfied with his performance in last three matches. We have noticed a lack of effort. We will meet him to understand as to why he couldn’t perform in the key games. We are not blaming him for anything. However, we are keen to understand his side of the story,” informed Mohun Bagan official Debashish Datta. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. It is believed that the striker will be let go of his duties once his contract expires at the end of the month.Meanwhile, East Bengal have expressed their interest in signing Bayi.“For me, Kamo has been the best player in this season’s CFL. Honestly, we don’t know what is to be done with him, as our Indian strikers, too, are very good. But if Bagan do release Kamo, we will certainly think about him,” said coach Khalid Jamil on Tuesday.
Kolkata: Forensic experts have found in their preliminary investigation that negligence over erecting the structure on wet soil during monsoon without taking proper precaution was the reason that led to the collapse of a portion of a pandal during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at Midnapore College Ground.A team of experts from the State Forensic Science Laboratory visited the spot and inspected the collapsed structure.Sources said that their investigation had revealed that more precaution should have been taken while setting up the structure. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere were deep puddles all over the ground. Since the soil was wet, it didn’t grip the structure properly and it has come up as one of the major causes behind the collapse of the pandal.It has also been found that the structure had also turned heavy due to the rainfall.It may be mentioned that some people had even managed to climb up the structure when the Prime Minister was addressing the rally. It also made the structure heavy and as per the forensic experts, it could have been another cause behind the collapse. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA team comprising three senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs visited West Midnapore on Tuesday to probe the incident.The officers including Secretary (Security) S K Sinha and Joint Secretary Arti Bhatnagar held meetings with the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of West Midnapore. They also visited the spot. They will be preparing a report in this connection.The district authorities are also preparing a report in this connection. Though initially it was claimed that there was negligence in the part of the Public Works Department, it was later found that it has executed its work without any fault. It has been stated that the Special Protection Group (SPG) plays a crucial role in such cases, as it was related to the security of the Prime Minister.A case has also been lodged under section 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code in connection with the incident.Meanwhile, five persons were arrested in the past 24 hours on charges of attacking policemen, after the Prime Minister’s rally.