Donegal Deputy seeking to introduce bill slashing TD’s wages

first_img Donegal Deputy seeking to introduce bill slashing TD’s wages Twitter By News Highland – June 21, 2011 Google+ Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty  will this afternoon seek to introduce a Bill to the Dáil that would dramatically cut payments and salaries to politicians.The Reduction in Pay and Allowances of Government and Oireachtas Members Bill 2011 seeks to impose pay cuts of up to 30% on senior office holders including the Taoiseach and Tánaiste.The Bill also seeks to abolish outright an additional nine types of payment including allowances for group leaders, whips and committee chairs.Speaking in advance of introducing the Bill Deputy Doherty said there has been a dramatic decline in the disposable income of the vast  majority of people in recent years.He adding that Unemployment is rising and wages are falling at a time of rising inflation and interest rates hikes leaving many families at breaking point.The Reduction in Pay and Allowances of Government and Oireachtas Members Bill 2011 would cut the Taoiseach’s pay by 30%, the Tánaiste’s pay by 28%, Ministers’ pay by 27% and the Ceann Comhairle’s pay by 36%.In addition the Bill seeks to reduce pay to Ministers of State and other  other office holders on a scale ranging from 20% to 31% and to cut the basic salary of TDs and Senators by 19% and 9% respectively.center_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Newsx Adverts Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Previous articleChildcare network stressing the importance of playNext articleDonegal ICSA calls for extra college spaces for Ag students News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Hugh Jackman, Newsies & More

first_img View Comments It’s Friday, and you know what that means—time to jump into your Wicked jammies, pour a giant glass of wine and get ready for the Lessons of the Week! We’ve learned so much about Jake Gyllenhaal’s flying friends, Hugh Jackman’s dangerous cooking skills and Ramin Karimloo’s taste in ladies, we couldn’t wait to share. Check out this week’s lessons below!Tavi Gevinson Can Get Taylor Swift TixStep away from StubHub. We repeat, step away from StubHub. We have a way better way to get tickets for Taylor Swift’s 1989 world tour: just become BFFs with This Is Our Youth star Tavi Gevinson! Apparently they know each other and they’re practically like this. (We’re crossing our fingers right now. Can a website cross its fingers? Does a website have fingers? Whatever.)Jake Gyllenhaal Has Bee BuddiesSpeaking of Taylor Swift (and when aren’t we), her ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal has been spending some time with some weird, buzzing friends since their breakup. To prep for his role as a beekeeper in Constellations, the star told us he’s “hanging out with some bees” to research the role. Please tell us you went up to a hive and said, “Let’s bee friends.” Bzzzz.Hugh Jackman Cooks En FlambéTony winner Hugh Jackman can pretty much do it all: Comedy, drama, singing, tap dancing, and even gutting a fish onstage in The River (well, sometimes he cuts himself, but that’s a lesson for another day). But his other secret talent is making Crepes Suzette en flambé. Yes. ON FIRE. Hugh, please be careful. No one likes a Wolverine with no eyebrows.The Secret Password Is: (Fart Noise)Guys, it’s finally here! No, not that “I love Idina Menzel” pillowcase you ordered on Ebay. The trailer for Pitch Perfect 2! The clip shows the Bellas going to a secret Riff-Off where they have to make a fart noise to get in. Coincidentally, that’s the same secret password we use for the holiday party!NeNe Leakes Has a Big MouthThe Real Housewives of Atlanta star is stepping into Broadway’s Cinderella this week—what makes her portrayal different from the evil stepmothers who have come before her? According to NeNe, she has the biggest mouth of them all. Hmm, we’re pretty sure Fran Drescher would be willing to fight you on this one, but we’re keeping our big mouths shut.JCM Can’t Put Down the WigEven after recently denying he would be reprising the role he created and originated 15 years ago, John Cameron Mitchell is indeed pulling the wig down from the shelf to play Hedwig on Broadway! Very sneaky, JCM. Don’t worry, we know you’ll still fit into that old Sergio Valente—and we know another three-name celebrity who can give you some diet and exercise tips.The Newsies Left Nasty Parting GiftsWhen the cast of Honeymoon in Vegas told us the stars of Newsies left a few things behind for them in the Nederlander Theatre dressing rooms, we assumed they meant flowers and chocolates. Nope. Apparently, they left gym shorts, roach spray and “the man stench of splits.” Wow, we thought these guys were classy gents, but we guess newsboys will be newsboys.Daisy and Violet Traded PlacesSide Show naturally had to take some creative license while adapting the true story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, but we never knew composer Henry Krieger and book writer and lyricist Bill Russell actually swapped the positions of the conjoined twins to make the songs sound better. You hear that, aspiring composers? If you get stuck, just change history! Works every time.Just Say No To Sneaky TrollsWe always thought On the Town’s troll mascot Chabsey was cute and harmless, but according video blogger Alysha Umphress, he’s a no-good troublemaker. Apparently he’s been running wild in the theater, stealing hats and taking totally unauthorized Polaroid photos. We’d be furious if he weren’t so darn cute.Ramin Karimloo Likes His Ladies RippedOn this week’s Show People, Les Miz star and Broadway’s Sexiest Man Alive contender Ramin Karimloo revealed what really “turns his crank”: Women with giant muscles. Anyhoo, we’d love to chat but we’ve gotta go sign up for Mark Fisher Fitness, buy a 10-pound drum of protein powder and do push-ups for the rest of the night. See you guys next week!last_img read more

Dutch asset manager PGGM to cut 200 jobs in major reorganisation

first_imgPGGM, the €178bn Dutch asset manager, has announced an extensive reorganisation to increase its “battle-readiness” and drive down the cost of its services.As part of the revamp, which aims to cut structural costs by €50m over the next three years, at least 200 of its 1,275 full-time employees are to be made redundant, it said.PGGM said the reorganisation would affect all parts of the organisation and warned that it would not rule out forced redundancies.Chief executive Else Bos said: “The Dutch pensions market is becoming increasingly dynamic, and PGGM needs the agility to anticipate these developments.” She said PGGM needed to reduce the costs of its products, as price had become increasingly important to its clients.She said the reorganisation must also create space for new services, although a spokesman at PGGM declined to elaborate on exactly what these plans might entail.PGGM is asset manager and pensions provider for seven pension funds, including the €140bn healthcare scheme PFZW and the €8.5bn pension fund for general practitioners (SPH), with more than 2.5m participants in total.The provider also offers its institutional clients pensions administration and board support.Two years ago, APG, the €390bn asset manager of the large civil service scheme ABP, announced a similar reorganisation, leading to 800 job losses among its then 4,155 staff, to be spread out over a four-year period.last_img read more

Brazilian Players Expected in Singapore Today for Super Eagles

first_imgFemi Solaja with Agency reportAhead of the two friendly matches against the Teranga Lions of Senegal and the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Singapore, Brazilian players invited for the international matches are expected in the Asian nation today. The former world champions are expected to face Africa’s highest ranked team Senegal on Thursday and Nigeria on Sunday.THISDAY learnt from the Brazil Football Confederation (CBF) website that the technical crew of the team were already in Singapore since Friday and will begin to receive the players today.To represent the Selecao are players whose club commitment ended on Saturday while the rest who played for their respective clubs late yesterday will start their trip to the Far East this morning.They had already identified the Kallang Football Hub as a training site ahead of the two matches. Five training sessions have been proposed for the team. These will hold at 5.30pm local time in Singapore on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.During the concentrated period in Singapore, the Brazilian team will be staying at the JW Marriot Singapore South Beach Hotel.Meanwhile, excitement is already building up in the island city-state of Singapore for the Brazil/ Nigeria friendly.The islanders have had a taste of Brazil five years ago. It was gathered from the leading publication in Singapore, The Strait Times that a sellout crowd of 51,577 turned out at the National Stadium to catch Neymar’s dazzling tricks and flicks, as the superstar forward scored all four goals in the five-time world champions’ 4-0 friendly win over Japan.According to the publication, fans will be able to catch Neymar and his colleagues brand of Samba football again.The Straits Times stressed that Nigeria’s duo of Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi and Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi appear to be the attraction of fans in the city.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kuhl earns first win in 2 years as Pirates top Brewers 7-2

first_img Associated Press Television News Written By WATCH US LIVE Chad Kuhl’s long climb back to the starting rotation is complete. Kuhl pitched five effective innings for his first win in more than two years, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled by the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 on Friday night.Kuhl (1-1) gave up a long solo home run to Ben Gamel in the second but otherwise kept the Brewers at bay to pick up his first victory since June 15, 2018. The right-hander missed the second half of 2018 and all of 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made the team this year as a reliever before being thrust back into the rotation due to a slew of injuries.“Big league wins are hard to come by and it’s really cool, just to get my team a chance to win, that’s all I ever wanted,” said Kuhl, who threw 84 pitches in his longest outing since his return.The Pirates backed Kuhl with a 14-hit attack after managing five runs total during a four-game slide. Bryan Reynolds had three hits and four RBIs, and Colin Moran and Cole Tucker also had three hits apiece.Reynolds hit a solo homer off Adrian Houser (1-2) in the second and a two-run double in the eighth to give Pittsburgh’s shaky bullpen plenty of cushion.“Tonight felt really good,” Reynolds said after lifting his average from .174 to .205. “I think we’re on the right track. I’m not going to say that anything’s cleared up yet, but tonight’s definitely moving in the right direction.”Christian Yelich hit his seventh home run for the Brewers, but Milwaukee managed just five hits against Kuhl and five relievers. The Brewers have dropped three of four since taking three of four from NL Central-leading Chicago last weekend.“These are our guys and we have to stay the course with them,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “But we’ve got some guys, who, through the course of the year, just haven’t gotten going.”Houser, who limited the Pirates to one run in five innings on July 27, wasn’t quite as efficient this time. He ran into trouble in the fourth when the Pirates turned five singles into three runs, helped by a rushed throw from Milwaukee shortstop Orlando Arcia that allowed runners to advance. Houser ended up working seven innings, allowing four runs and nine hits.THE BIG 5-0Counsell celebrated his 50th birthday on Friday. The team “celebrated” by waking him up just past midnight while in the middle of the flight from Minneapolis to Pittsburgh.“It was actually how I knew I was 50 because I was really tired and felt old and half asleep by midnight,” Counsell said.The team put together a star-studded video that included players like Hall of Famer Jim Thome and longtime major league pitcher C.C. Sabathia and friends wishing him well. The Pirates ran the video on the left-field scoreboard during Milwaukee’s batting practice.TOUGH MARKET?The Pirates are in the midst of a franchise-wide reboot that’s begun with a thud. The team has the worst record in the majors as the trade deadline approaches. First-year general manager Ben Cherington finds himself in a tight spot. The team has put a premium on acquiring more talent, but what trade chips the Pirates have (namely outfielder Gregory Polanco, who entered Friday hitting .070 on the season) are struggling.“There’s no one player that you know we can’t talk about,” Cherington said. “There’s no one player that we need to move either.”TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: OF Avisail Garcia got the day off. Counsell pointed to Garcia’s heavy workload since veteran Lorenzo Cain opted out of the 2020 season as the main reason to let Garcia — hitting .208 over the last week — sit.Pirates: RHP Keone Kela left just five pitches into his third appearance of the season due to right forearm tightness. Pirates manager Derek Shelton said the move was made out of an abundance of caution. Pittsburgh currently has five relievers on the injured list. … RHP Kyle Crick (right shoulder/lat strain) threw another bullpen session on Friday and could be nearing his return. Crick last pitched on July 27.UP NEXTBrewers: Josh Lindblom (1-0, 6.62 ERA) faces the Pirates for the second time this season when he takes the hill on Saturday. Lindblom allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings against Pittsburgh on July 28.Pirates: Derek Holland (0-1, 7.36 ERA) will make his 300th major league appearance in the second game of the three-game set.Image credits: AP LIVE TV COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 22nd August, 2020 08:33 IST Kuhl Earns First Win In 2 Years As Pirates Top Brewers 7-2 Chad Kuhl’s long climb back to the starting rotation is complete. Kuhl pitched five effective innings for his first win in more than two years, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled by the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 on Friday night First Published: 22nd August, 2020 08:33 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

‘When people question your honor, it hurts,’ says Ronaldo

first_img“When people question your honour, it hurts,” he said on Tuesday. “It hurts a lot mainly because I have a big family, a wife and an intelligent child who understands a lot of things.”“This is a case I’m not comfortable expressing myself on. But once again, my innocence has been proven. It makes me proud,” said the Juventus and former Manchester United and Real Madrid star. Lisbon, Portugal | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo told Portuguese television on Tuesday that “2018 was the most difficult year on a personal level.”Ronaldo had to deal with rape allegations last year after former model Kathryn Mayorga filed a complaint in September alleging she was sexually assaulted by the footballer in 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room.The case was dismissed in a Nevada court in June, though the filing did not say if Ronaldo had agreed a settlement.He denies the accusation, although he has reportedly acknowledged that he paid Mayorga in an earlier settlement. Cristiano Ronaldocenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Raiders hit the road knowing they won’t see Mahomes until December

first_imgOAKLAND — The Raiders didn’t look despondent as they departed the Coliseum Sunday, not to return until November.Why?Kirk Cousins isn’t Patrick Mahomes and the Minnesota Vikings don’t play offense like the Kansas City Chiefs. You could say the same about Jacoby Brissett and Indianapolis and Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears in London.It gets tougher on Oct. 20, when the Raiders take on Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field, and DeShaun Watson has done some good things for the Houston Texans, …last_img read more

Fast Qantas wi-fi to debut.

first_imgQantas’s new free wi-fi will debut on one of its domestic Boeing 737-800s next week but it will be the second half of the year before another plane similarly equipped plane joins itReal-world tests on the airline’s system have produced download speeds for individual passengers of between seven megabits-per-second  (Mbps) and 12 Mbps.  A smart TV running at 3-4 Mbps comfortably displays streaming service Netflix in high definition without buffering.The airline had already signed up Netflix, Foxtel and music service Spotify as partners and announced Monday that local service Stan would join the fold with an offer of a 90-day subscription that will be included in the fare.Passengers flying on the airline’s wi-fi enabled B737 will receive a code that will allow them to log-in to Stan’s library of films and TV shows on the plane and on the ground using up to three devices during the three-month period.The partner content will be available from mid-April after the wif-fi system goes online for customers next week. Qantas is using the faster Ka band technology, rather the Ku band system that passengers have found frustrating on some airlines, accessed through the NBN’s Sky Muster satellites. The airline has stress tested it under a full load and says it will be 10 times faster than the slower system.The airline said one of the reasons there had been so much testing was that it was working to reduce lag and buffering.“It’s quite a technical thing to do when you are trying to maintain a constant, high-bandwidth connection with a satellite as you’re travelling at 900 kilometres per hour,’’ the airline said in a statement.“Even when we switch Wi-Fi on for customer use, we know there’s still more fine-tuning for us to do. “That’s why we’re deliberately waiting about six months before rolling it out to the rest of our domestic A330 and B737 aircraft.’’The B737 will operate mainly on East Coast routes and the service is expected to be available on the entire domestic fleet some time in 2018.Meanwhile,  the airline is calling on tech firms to help with its innovation program through a new initiative called AVRO Accelerator. Named after the airline’s first aircraft, the program gives start-ups a chance to work with Qantas Group mentors on ideas to streamline the travel experience, design smarter ways of working, unlock the potential of new technologies and help solve business problems.Up to 10 teams will ultimately be chosen for the 12-week program which was designed in partnership with Australian corporate accelerator Slingshot.“Customer needs keep evolving and the limits of technology are constantly expanding, so there is a clear business imperative for us to find new ways to improve how we operate,’’ Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said.“We’re looking forward to opening up our doors to ideas that are different, challenging and truly innovative. Ideas that could benefit from the expertise and scale at a company like Qantas to refine them and make them a reality.’’The program will look at areas such as creating seamless journeys, building connected platforms and ways of making the airline more efficient without impacting safety.last_img read more

Research seeking the stink bug’s natural enemies

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When Celeste Welty unzips the white, nylon cage, none of the stink bugs inside move.“They’re very tranquil,” she says.Why wouldn’t they be?  Inside their cage, they enjoy spa-like conditions with all the sunflower seeds and nuts they can feed on, the warmth of the sunlight coming through the window beside them and a few house plants to make it feel like the outdoors, though they’re in a lab.Young offspring clutch the walls of a separate cage inside what appears to be a refrigerator but instead is a warming chamber.Such special treatment for the brown marmorated stink bug, which farmers despise and homeowners often flick out of the way when they discover them indoors during the cold months.Thriving on a range of fruits and vegetables, the marmorated stink bug has damaged or destroyed enough crops in Ohio and across the United States to get the attention of entomologists nationwide.Welty, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist, is involved in a 15-state study to determine the best, and ideally natural, way to get rid of the marmorated stink bug. The study is one of several being done on stink bugs through Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.The brown marmorated stink bug is a foreigner to the United States, and in the absence of natural predators here, its populations are exploding, particularly in the mid-Atlantic region. Arriving in the U.S. from China, the grayish brown bug was first detected in Allentown, Pa. in 2001. Six years later, one was reported in Ohio. Known hotspots for the insect in Ohio are Columbus, Cincinnati, Marietta, Dayton and Youngstown.How the first brown marmorated stink bug got to the U.S. is unclear, but often it is carried through boxes or packages, a hitchhiker of sorts, Welty said.“They like to nestle down into protected, narrow spaces, and that’s often present in packing materials,” she said. “That’s why they’re known to go in cargo and hang out.”Three years ago, a grower in eastern Ohio ordered a shipment of snow fencing, the perforated plastic fencing that comes in large rolls. When the grower unrolled the fencing sent from Pennsylvania, he found live stink bugs sprinkled throughout.From Welty’s colony of marmorated stink bugs, she takes the eggs and places them outside the lab on plant leaves. Two days later when she retrieves them, she hopes some have been attacked by the bug’s natural predator, the tiny Trissolcus japonicus wasp. Also a native of China, the wasp was detected in the United States in 2014 and has since been found in eight states but not yet in Ohio. And nowhere in the U.S. is it plentiful — at least not plentiful enough to keep down the marmorated stink bug population.“The wasp appears to be spreading on its own, but it’s so early on in the introduction of the wasp that we really don’t know,” Welty said.Welty and entomologists across the U.S. are hoping to happen upon some T. japonicus wasps in their states.“We’ve known for a number of years now that this one species of wasp would be great to have,” Welty said.  “The stink bug is a terrible pest in agricultural crops, and we want to know how to control it with more sustainable methods than just spraying a lot.”A second major stink bug study being done through the college examines the effect of stink bugs on soybeans in Ohio. Entomology Associate Professor Andy Michel is leading the research into the species of stink bugs that prey on soybeans: the green, the brown, the red shouldered and the brown marmorated stink bug.Michel is on the second year of a three-year project funded by the Ohio Soybean Council and the North Central Soybean Research Program to determine what species of stink bugs cause the most damage to soybeans and how prevalent the bugs should be before spraying.Seizing on developing soybean seeds, stink bugs attack the plant using their wide and sharp mouths, which extend to nearly half the length of their bodies.“They pierce through the pod, go on to the seed, then add enzymes and saliva to suck up the nutrients,” Michel said. “In the end, it looks like a shriveled up, brown, discolored seed.”Often this damage is not apparent until harvest, because the pod usually retains its shape, despite the smaller seed. That makes it important to scout early for stink bugs and control them if necessary, Michel said.Drought conditions encourage the spread of stink bugs so unusually dry summers including 2016 and 2012, saw some of the state’s worst infestations, Michel said.In one soybean field, stink bugs caused a 30% yield loss in 2012.Stink bugs of any species can be tricky to spot outdoors. They hide well — stationing themselves on the underside of leaves and the back side of flowers. They’re easy to miss, that is, until they come indoors and drop from a ceiling down onto a table. Try to squish them with your hands and they’ll leave you with a parting gift: a smelly stain on your skin that can’t easily be washed off.“We’re not necessarily looking to defeat the stink bug. I think what we’re looking for is an integrated way to manage the bug. Just because you have stink bugs in your field doesn’t mean you need spray,” Michel said.That’s because stink bugs could develop a resistance to pesticides, some stink bugs don’t cause as much harm to soybeans as others and some species are actually beneficial, being natural enemies of other soybean pests.“We want growers to be able to identify stink bug species and determine when their field is at risk for economic damage,” Michel said, “and therefore when they should start spraying.”last_img read more

Yet Another Rant About Buildings and Food

first_imgI saw a commercial the other day for yet another new prepared food product, Marie Callender’s Home-Style Pasta Creations, sold in microwaveable plastic containers that heat the pasta and sauce separately, presumably making them taste more like something you make at home. I don’t know how they taste, but it sure looks like they will produce a lot of plastic waste if they are successful. I was never a big fan of eating packaged meals at work myself, but I do realize that they are relatively inexpensive, and while not as cheap (or as healthy) as homemade meals, they are definitely easy.Why do we need everything to be easy?I recognize that we live in a fast-paced world, driving frantically from place to place, trying to fit work, play, family, hobbies, and exercise into days that often seem too short. It does seem to me that this type of lifestyle is ultimately a self-destructive one that we should strive to change. Getting back to food, one problem we face is that very few people cook anymore. Whether it is an issue of time, will, ability, or a combination, a large portion of our meals are either eaten out; ordered in; or prepared in a store or factory, brought home, heated, and eaten. We do this because it is easy. It doesn’t necessarily taste better, it certainly isn’t healthier, and it doesn’t cost more than cooking it yourself.Not casting stonesWhile I enjoy cooking, and do so often, I will be the first to admit that I eat out more than I should. Although my fast-food habits lean toward burritos and pizza, and I almost never eat at chain burger or chicken places, I must admit that I am occasionally tempted by those advertisements for $2.99 value meals. Think about it: you can barely buy the raw ingredients for that price even if you wanted to cook it yourself. But then again, how bad will it taste and how much will it clog my arteries? These cheap meals are an indicator of our skewed priorities. We may not realize it, but food is pretty cheap, if not necessarily healthy or tasty. Food costs as a percentage of income have consistently fallen for several decades.As a society, we have become addicted to cheap things. Whether it is a meal, a TV, a computer, or even a house—we always look for the “best” deals, and are proud when we get them, myself included. But are those deals as good as they seem? Lots of cheap fast food can lead to obesity, diabetes, and other long-term health problems. I finally gave up on cheap Windows-based PCs that kept crapping out and paid real money for a Mac (which, incidentally, still cost about 80% less than my first computer). For too many years, people bought houses based on the best price per square foot, which, as my buddy Peter Pfeiffer points out, is like buying cars by the pound. I am hopeful that with the reset in real estate values, we will begin to see more value placed on quality and efficiency in our buildings, displacing some of the emphasis on quantity.Let’s get our priorities straightIt’s time to change how we value the things in our lives. We need to be willing to pay more for quality and stop trying to buy quantity at bargain basement prices. This goes for food, household products, and the houses we put them in. I am willing to spend more for high-quality food from locally owned businesses, live in a better, smaller home that is efficient and healthy, and purchase quality products that will last. I’m not all the way there yet; I still find it hard to pass up a bargain, but I am trying to make the change. If we give it a shot, we should end up healthier, happier, with a little less stuff in our smaller houses, and with fewer plastic lunch containers to throw out at the end of the day.last_img read more