For much of the second round, the Green Archers were holding steady in third spot while teams such as University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University, and University fought for the fourth spot.But with gameday left in the elimination round, the Green Archers are left waiting for the result of the game between FEU and Adamson to determine whether they need to take the long road to the Final Four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLa Salle head coach Louie Gonzalez, though, is not focusing on the other team’s campaign especially with the Green Archers struggling to stay consistent at this point in the season.“For me, the problem isn’t the other team,” said Gonzalez in Filipino after a La Salle dropped to fourth seed after a 97-81 loss to UP Wednesday. “The problem right now is my team’s status.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Alaska takes 2-1 lead over Meralco in PBA Governors’ Cup semis Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew De La Salle’s steady cruise in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament has hit a snag.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gonzalez admitted that sudden inclusion of big man Taane Samuel, who got injured in La Salle’s season opener against FEU, late into the season is posing a challenge.Samuel made his return against Ateneo and the Green Archers have gone 0-2 since.“We have to integrate Taane and use him to our advantage, and not to our disadvantage,” said Gonzalez. “The four guys around him need to figure out also on the adjustments they should make.”“Before we were able to put the players into spots where they’re successful and Taane’s unlimited, in a sense that he can do so many things, but one thing that we have to figure out is what should be the best role for him.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal
Atty. Sam Kofi Woods described forests as of vital importance for the livelihood of millions of West Africans and that they provide key ecosystem services of local and global importance.“Educated people and intellectuals did not fail Liberia; greedy and selfish individuals did.”Renowned Liberian Human Rights Activist and former Minister of Labor, Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, has said that Liberia’s democracy is still vulnerable and constantly threatened by leadership deficits which have plagued the nation. In spite of criticisms of this view, Woods said, “I held that to be true (in the past) and do so now.”The Judiciary As a Beacon of HopeWith the growing tension and discontent provoked by the electoral impasse emanating from the recent October 10 presidential and legislative elections currently before the Supreme Court, Atty. Woods declared that the only hope for the country now lies with the highest court.“Our hope ultimately lies in our judiciary, which must now redeem our country. God give us men and women whose integrity will be unblemished, whose love for the nation will be tested and whose faith in you will lead them to give purpose and meaning of their existence,” he implored.He urged Liberians to respect the rule of law. The pursuit of no man’s ambition is worth a drop of human blood,” he cautioned.Speaking at the induction ceremony for officers of the Liberia Federation of Labor Unions yesterday in Monrovia, Atty. Woods said, “After years of elusive peace, tenuous transitional justice (the Truth and Reconciliation process) and cosmetic national reconciliation, our attempt to consolidate our democratic credentials is under threat because we failed to properly reform our institutions.”Officials-elect of the Liberia Federation of Labor Unions being being inducted into office“Educated people and intellectuals did not fail Liberia. It is greedy and selfish individuals who did. Educated or not, if you have no values, no integrity and no love for country, it will make no difference, Woods declared. “The value we place on materialism and wealth corrupts us and denies our nation of what it deserves,” he pointed out apparently making the case against ascribing blame along tribal and other divisions in the Liberian society.Woods warned that Liberia cannot continue to be a problem child in the ECOWAS region and on the African continent. “We must grow up and become responsible adults taking care of each other and building our nation,” he counseled.“No leader however patriotic will save our country individually. It will be our collective will to reform, love for one another and love for country,” Woods admonished.He observed that “We undermine our institutions and compromise them. We use them for personal rather than collective ends,” urging, “We must serve our government because in service to government we perform the highest moral responsibility. However, this must be done with the highest degree of commitment and integrity. Government is often seen as the center for exploitation and ill-gotten wealth.”“People’s desperation is not to serve but to acquire wealth at the sufferings and agony of our people. This is also true for our various organizations. Our reference to leadership deficit is not limited to the Presidency but at all levels of society: our family, religious institutions, professional bodies, etc.,” Woods stated.“My fellow compatriots, the complexities our nation face will not require cosmetic solutions,” he said, noting that it requires radical and deliberate attempts to fulfill the ideals of nationhood. “It will lie in a responsible leadership not led by those in the shadows.He said Liberians have failed to build strong and viable institutions because “we continue to glorify personalities. Our political, social and economic institutions have become small cartels of motley individuals whose sole purpose is to exploit our people and abuse their innocence.”Woods boasted that he left government unblemished. “I served in two capacities in government and I challenge all and sundry about my stewardship. I am on record as the only living Minister whose term at the Ministry of Public Works was audited twice and yet stand tall without any scar of abuse of the public trust.”He said, “I have the patience and time not to be confronted by gossips and rumors but facts and evidence that can be contested in the proper forum deemed by law.”Liberia’s problem, he said, is being compounded by new elements of tribal and group affiliations rather than the quality and value of the character. “Honest men and women have become enemies of the state. Here lies the Liberian Problem and here lies the problem of organized labor in Liberia.On The Economic FrontOn the economic front, Woods said people depend on work to fulfill their need for income to better their lives and the lives of their families, to escape poverty, ignorance, and disease, enjoy recreation and achieve status. Work also involves the production or creation of things that make life better and more fulfilling.“This is why we insisted on the need to review our labor laws and provide decency in the workplace. This is why social dialogue among workers, government, and employers remain a viable vehicle for progress.“It is my thesis that workers in Liberia continue to suffer the wrath of poverty and treated with a large measure of disdain because we have failed to organize because we have refused to come together into strong labor movements rather than small, briefcase labor organizations. We cannot have the force and effect necessary to transform the sector and make workers proud if we do not unite and organize.”Directing attention to the new officials of the Liberia Federation of Labor Union, Woods told them that no government however responsive, no minister however patriotic can offer them the dignity they deserve. “It is by organizing and building institutions larger than yourself and your ego that will provide you the freedom and dignity you deserve.”He gave a brief history of the formation of Labor Unions in the United States, Nigeria, and others and encouraged the new leaders to avoid petty jealousies, infighting, and internal conflict, to realize their potential as an economic force to make a difference in political issues in the future.Woods said “When we organize, we build power and we put ourselves in a better position to get what we want. A renowned union organizer once defined a union as a group of workers coming together to use their power in numbers to make their employers do what the employer would otherwise not do. If we agree that organizing gives us power then it is a no-brainer that WE MUST ORGANIZE, for our economic survival, the preservation of our dignity as human beings, our health, and safety on the job. Our future depends on organizing.”Inducting the officers, Mr. Emmett Crayton, assistant minister for the Trade Union & Social Dialogue at the Ministry of Labor, called for working relations with the government to ensure substantive success for the Union. He encouraged them to work together to realize their objectives.President Alfred B. Z. Summerville pledged his administration’s preparedness to work harder to ensure that the objectives of the Union are realized. He called on members to live up to their commitments to the Union and warned that there will be no handbag unions as members. He spoke briefly about his interactions across West Africa with Labor Unions in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and warned that his administration will do things differently to bring progress.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Darren Fletcher in action for Manchester United Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has been given permission to join West Ham United on a free transfer.The Scotsman is out of contract in the summer and has struggled to break into the United first-team this season as he continues his recovery from a serious illness.Manager Louis van Gaal has now confirmed that Fletcher has been given permission to complete a move away from Old Trafford during the January transfer window.“Fletcher is out of contract at the end of the season and has been granted a free transfer,” said Van Gaal.“He is now in West Ham, I believe. We have to wait and see. He is my third captain, an important guy in the dressing room.“I like him as a human being. But he has not played so much.”
Whether you view it as a betrayal of workers or as an economic necessity, the traditional pension plan appears destined for extinction as more companies move to reduce their future financial obligations to retirees. One can rail against the apparent hypocrisy that these decisions are made by well-paid executives with posh retirement benefits, of course. But digging deeper, some companies are being more responsible than others, sculpting pension alternatives to reduce the risk that future retirees won’t have enough savings. As of last year, just 37 of the nation’s 100 largest companies were still offering a traditional pension plan for newly hired workers, down from 42 the previous year and 50 in 2002, according to Watson Wyatt Worldwide. In 1985, nearly nine out of 10 offered a traditional defined plan. Steve Vernon, a Universal City-based pension actuarial for Watson Wyatt, said the trend away from traditional pensions has accelerated over the past two years. Economics are why. “The pension costs go up as interest rates go up or the stock market goes goes down,” he said. That began happening in 2000, which increased the costs of servicing pensions. “What’s unfortunate is this period is an aberration in our economic history. We had never seen this before,” Vernon said. He also believes that a traditional pension plan is better for retirees than a 401(k) because they receive a monthly check for as long as they live. And some companies that are reviewing their retirement programs are now deciding to keep their traditional pension plans. “But you never see a headline Company Decides to Keep Its Traditional Pension Plan.’” Burbank-based The Walt Disney Co. offers a traditional pension plan to new full-time employees and they also have the option of participating in a 401(k), said company spokesman David Caouette. The Century City-based defense giant Northrop Grumman Corp.’s benefits package includes a defined benefit pension plan that provides retirees with an annuity and a monthly check. “We feel that for the kind of business we’re in with the kind of employees we’re trying to attract, … it’s a competitive arrangement and it’s affordable as we’re doing it right now,” said Dennis Wootan, the company’s corporate director of benefits administration and services. Then there is Biotech giant Amgen, founded in 1980, which has always offered a 401(k) plan, said spokeswoman Anne McNickle. The company contributes an amount equal to 5 percent of every paycheck to each individual’s Amgen retirement and savings plan, whether or not the staff member is contributing to it. In addition, Amgen matches 100 percent of staff contributions to the plan up to 5 percent of pay. So if you contribute at least 5 percent of your pay to the plan, the total company contribution is 10 percent. Company contributions, as well as staff contributions, are immediately 100 percent vested. “It is a generous package,” McNickle said. “Amgen, we do feel, is a great place to work and we’re always looking to attract the best and the brightest and certainly our retirement packages reflect that.” The trend away from traditional pensions is reaching the government level, as evidenced by the Department of Energy’s decision to tell contractors it will no longer pay for pensions for new hires. Given that this trend is unlikely to reverse, the most obvious concern is money: Is the loss of pension benefits being offset with increased company contributions to 401(k) plans and other retirement alternatives? Less apparent, but maybe more important, are some key nuances to how companies structure these pension alternatives: Are they adopting defaults that automatically enroll workers in a 401(k), automatically divert some salary into that account, and automatically allocate those savings to a logical investment? Some companies are being more generous than others. International Business Machines Corp., for example, closed its traditional pension to new hires starting in 2005 and recently announced that those hired earlier will have their benefits frozen after 2007. To compensate, the computer maker doubled the 401(k) matching contribution for recent hires, and will do the same for all workers starting in 2008, paying dollar for dollar on up to 6 percent of salary that an employee defers into the account. More significantly, IBM is adding a lump-sum contribution of up to 4 percent of salary regardless of whether an employee defers any pay into the 401(k). That means IBM’s share of a worker’s retirement savings could reach 10 percent of salary or more than three times the rate typical of many 401(k) plans. Verizon Communications Inc. also will be offering a guaranteed match of up to 6 percent of salary for 50,500 managers whose pension benefits will be frozen in July, plus an additional “performance-related” contribution of up to 3 percent contingent on the telephone company’s business results. But despite the apparent similarities between the two companies, IBM has adopted a more progressive approach that addresses some of the inertia that workers exhibit when it comes to 401(k) plans. For starters, IBM is automatically enrolling new hires in the 401(k) plan with a default contribution rate of 3 percent deducted from their pay. Further, the lump-sum contribution for all workers won’t be contingent on IBM’s performance and will be granted even for those who choose not to defer any salary. Taken together, these policies promise to force more IBM workers past the initial hurdle of merely signing up for a 401(k) plan. Research has shown repeatedly that employees who don’t participate in their 401(k) often intend to sign up, but never get around to it, sacrificing the “free” company match through this inactivity. Verizon’s plan enhancements will be lost on those who don’t sign up on their own. This creates vulnerability that some employees may not prepare for the new post-pension reality with greater retirement savings. In a study of one large industrial company that switched to auto-enrollment, employee participation in the 401(k) jumped substantially under the new policy. Among new hires, just 5 percent opted out of the program, leaving 95 percent enrolled. Before the new policy, only about 75 percent enrolled voluntarily, according to the analysis by John Beshears and David Laibson of Harvard University, James J. Choi of Yale University and Brigitte C. Madrian from University of Pennsylvania. Two other differences between the IBM and Verizon plans that deserve attention are the default rate of 401(k) salary deductions and the default choice of investment for contributions. Though better than nothing, IBM’s default 3 percent deduction is insufficient to maximize the company match of up to 6 percent. Naturally, employees are free to boost their salary deferral to 6 percent, but here again research has shown a human tendency toward inaction. Experts fear that a savings rate of 6 percent 3 percent from salary and 3 percent from IBM’s match may not produce a sufficient nest egg. Likewise, experience suggests some employees may not move their savings away from the “stable value” mutual fund that IBM uses as the default investment for 401(k) contributions. Designed more for safety than growth, a stable value fund could prove far too conservative to provide adequate savings. Madrian says a better starting point would be a “lifestyle” fund geared toward a worker’s age. IBM, like many companies, is waiting to see if a pension reform bill in Congress will provide authorization to be less conservative. Verizon pays all of its 401(k) match in company stock until age 50, when employees can allocate half to other investments. While stock is a common 401(k) option, a default like Verizon’s can put too much money at risk in one vehicle. There may be little danger of the disastrous results this produced for Enron and Worldcom employees, but the shares of both IBM and Verizon have been money-losers in recent years. Like those who criticize Social Security, some argue that any default 401(k) enrollment and deduction is a paternalistic intrusion on a person’s privacy. But judging from the long-ago sacrifices in pay that were required to win hearty pensions, it’s fair to say that preference for a secure future persists, as does a company’s duty to help. 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Finn Harps kick-off their 2011 Airtricity League First Division campaign against a Limerick side who were one of only two teams to leave Finn Park with a league victory last season. And since Mervue United pulled out of Ballybofey on 7th May last with a shock 3-2 victory, no other side has managed to depart with the full haul of points. James Gallagher and his new look squad will be hoping to extend that run on Friday. Gallagher is likely to give competitive debuts to Gareth Harkin and Conor O’Grady, while Paddy McLaughlin looks set to start again in his first game back at the club. Ciaran Coll, who missed all of last season with injury, should get the nod at left-back. Kevin McHugh – scorer of fifteen goals in 2010 and is now just two goals away from overhauling Con McLaughlin as Harps’ second top goalscorer of all time – will again be the man that Harps turn to for goals this year. Much of Harps’ success this season could hinge upon the newly appointed club captain staying injury and suspension free. Harps will be minus the services of Garbhan Friel (knee) and Gary Merritt who is away with the Irish Schools panel. Aaron O’Hagan is doubtful. With the fixture list having been redrawn just over a week ago, Harps had been expecting a trip to the banks of the Lee in their opening fixture, but instead were handed a home fixture against the Pat Scully managed Limerick.The Shannonsiders have had a great pre-season and Scully feels that they are capable to winning the First Division title this year. And, of course, in their ranks is former Harps player Chris Breen who could make his Limerick bow against his former team-mates. “We’re expecting a really tough game,” said Harps boss ahead of the season opener. “It’s probably a tougher start than what was originally scheduled for us (Cork away). Limerick have been the form team in pre-season, scoring three and four goals in every game they’ve played. “On top of that, Pat Scully said he wants to win the league this year so if they feel like they can make a statement like at the start of the year we have to believe they have a really strong side. They’ll be tough to beat but it’s a game we’re going into looking to win.” The Harps Manager was full of praise for the work his squad has put in over the last six weeks since returning to pre-season training. “I need to give credit to the players for the condition they came back in, it made pre-season fairly easy. A lot of them have come back in much better physical shape to when they came back for pre-season last year. They have definitely improved in that regard. “Speaking to the players, they have been saying it has been the toughest pre-season they have ever done, which is very encouraging from our point of view. It’s fantastic to see them really pushing themselves, trying to improve their overall fitness,” he said. So what is Gallagher’s hopes for the season and does he see an improvement in last season’s eight place finish? “We’ll not really know until we get up and running. You could play twenty pre-season games but when the real stuff starts it’s a completely different story and we won’t know where we’re at until we start playing the first few games. “I would expect Limerick, Shelbourne, Waterford and Cork to be the main ones leading from the front. We would be hoping to keep in touch with those four sides for as long as we can, as opposed to sides like Longford, Wexford, and Athlone – teams we were embroiled with last year.“I think if we can keep pace with those four sides – clubs with a much bigger budget than ours – it would be a fantastic achievement for the club,” said Gallagher. “It’s a long, hard season and a lot of things can happen so we’ll just see where it takes us.”Finn Park, Friday 4th March 2011 – Kick-off 8.00pm MATCH SPONSOR: Highland Bakery Suspended: NoneDoubtful: Aaron O’HaganInjured: Garbhan Friel (knee)Unavailable: Gary MerrittForm Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: D-D-L-W-D-W (9 pts)Limerick: L-W-W-D-L-W (10 pts)Finn Harps Pre-Season Results (Harps goalscorers in brackets)29th January 2011 – Finn Harps 1-1 Sligo Rovers (o.g.)6th February 2011 – Finn Harps 0-0 Derry City (Harps won 4-2 on pens)18th February 2011 – Letterkenny Rovers 2–2 Finn Harps (McMenamin, Brolly)19th February 2011 – Finn Harps 8-0 Swinford (McHugh 3, Bonner 2, Friel, Brolly, o.g)23rd February 2011 – Finn Harps 2-3 Northern Ireland Amateurs (Mailey, McHugh)28th February 2011 – Finn Harps 3-0 Cockhill Celtic (McLaughlin, McHugh, Whoriskey) EndsHARPS HOPING LIMERICK WILL BE FIRST SCALP OF SEASON was last modified: March 4th, 2011 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 protest has been organised a protest in a Donegal village to demand safe road crossings with adequate signage.Chairperson on Muff Sinn Féin, Daithi McGonigal, has said that his party’s local cumann has organised the protest.The protest will take place on Saturday between 12.30 and 1.30pm across fom the Squealing Pig Bar. Mr McGonigal said “We organised this protest after concerns were raised by many local residents regarding the crossings which the council installed in the village.“Local people are concerned that the crossings cannot be seen by drivers and that the new signage is not visible enough to give adequate warning.“The community is demanding proper crossings on this extremely busy road before someone is hurt, or worse.“I would urge everyone in the community to join us and let the council know that we demand safe crossings for our children. “We will be joined by local Councillor Jack Murray who is committed to securing safe crossings to the village.”VILLAGERS ORGANISE PROTEST OVER UNSAFE ROAD CROSSING was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 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) Tags:muffprotest
One strike from ecstasy before David Eckstein’s ninth-inning single, the Astros dropped to an agonizing 0-5 with a chance to clinch the NLCS. Photo gallery: Cardinals vs Astros HOUSTON — Whoa there, Astros. Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals aren’t ready to hand over that NL pennant just yet. With Houston only one tantalizing out from its first World Series, Pujols saved St. Louis by hitting a stunning three-run homer off Brad Lidge in the ninth inning, and the Cardinals rallied for a 5-4 victory Monday night in Game 5 of the NL championship series. Pujols’ shot over the train tracks high above the left-field wall sent the series back to St. Louis for Game 6 on Wednesday night, with Mark Mulder set to face Houston’s Roy Oswalt. The Cardinals also staved off the wrecking ball at Busch Stadium, scheduled for demolition as soon as their season is over. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week One moment, Minute Maid Park was buzzing. The next, it was silent. After winning pitcher Jason Isringhausen closed it with two innings of scoreless relief, shocked fans filed quietly out of the ballpark. Lance Berkman’s three-run homer in the seventh off Chris Carpenter gave Houston a 4-2 lead, sending the crowd into a deafening roar. The Astros then put the series in Lidge’s normally sure hands. But, trying for his fourth straight save in the series, he couldn’t come through. After Lidge retired his first two batters in the ninth, the pesky Eckstein grounded a single to left on a 1-2 pitch. Jim Edmonds worked out a walk and Pujols, who failed to deliver with runners on all night, drove an 0-1 pitch over the limestone facade. Astros starter Andy Pettitte, in the dugout and ready to celebrate with his teammates, mouthed the words “Oh, my’ as the ball left the park. Pujols took a moment to watch it sail while Lidge sunk into a crouch on the mound. When Pujols got back to the dugout, manager Tony La Russa grabbed him for a huge hug. “He just told me, /\x27/The Great Pujols,” ‘ the slugger said. “They’re going to be ready in St. Louis. We just need to win two before we lose one.” With a chance to reach the World Series for the first time in their 44-season history, the wild-card Astros drew a revved-up crowd that was ready to party. Some wore those bright, old rainbow jerseys, and even owner Drayton McLane was jumping out of his box seat now and then. When they went ahead late, a nice touch of symmetry seemed to be in store: Exactly 45 years ago Monday, Houston was awarded an expansion franchise at an NL meeting in Chicago. That’s where the winner of this series will go to face the White Sox but it’s not over yet, thanks to Pujols. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Are you looking for the perfect employee for your business in Co Donegal?Have you a position in a deli, an office, on a construction site or in a shop which you need filled?Well, your search is over. Donegal Daily has gained an incredible reputation for placing employees in positions in various companies across the county.All it takes is a simple email to email@example.com and we can place a raft of potential employees for your vacant position in your inbox.It’s as simple as that.Our daily readership of more than 50,000 people provide us with a huge database of people looking for work in their chosen field or simply looking for a change of career direction. And we can give you access to that database in just one email.If you have advertised for an employee elsewhere but can’t seem to find the right person, email us now on firstname.lastname@example.org and let us tell you more.And if you want to hear from a number of satisfied local companies who have found their perfect employees through us, simply click on https://www.donegaldaily.com/category/jobs/#0The search to fill that vacant position is now over.Shop assistant, office worker or construction? We’ll find you the perfect employee was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 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) Tags:Donegal DailyHiringjobsPositionsrecruitmentvacant
Residents from Oileán Thoraí have today made their way to Dublin to protest outside Dáil Éireann in a stand against the ‘new’ boat that will provide a ferry service to and from the island.Located 15 kilometres off the coast of West Donegal, locals fear that the ‘new’ ferry, The Queen of Aran – which is 42 years old – is not fit for purpose and will struggle to make the crossing, which is often choppy. Islanders say that they will not welcome the boat and it will not be permitted on the island.Instead, locals are campaigning for a purpose-built boat that can adequately connect Tory Island with the mainland. Owner of The Queen of Aran, Arranmore man Seamus Boyle, says that the boat will undergo extensive refurbishment before it is due to make its first crossing on Easter Sunday.Speaking to RTÉ last week, King of Tory Patsy Dan Rodgers called on Minister Joe McHugh to “stand up” for the islanders.“My heart is broken on behalf of the Tory Island community,” he told Eileen Magnier.Islanders say new ferry not fit for purpose | More: https://t.co/wb1UiWvLKn pic.twitter.com/7ZyYs4zDle— RTÉ News (@rtenews) February 9, 2018 “We are again begging and pleading with [Minister McHugh] to stand up and give us good news once and for all within the next week or so. If not, we are going to take this further.”True to his word, the King of Tory is leading the protest this afternoon in Dublin.Speaking outside Dáil Éireann today, Donegal TD Pearse Doherty says that the government should buy out the contract, which will cost €400,000.“Nobody on the streets of Kildare would put up with buses of 42 years of age. Nobody would travel on the Luas into Dublin if the Luas was 42 years of age,” Doherty said.Families are now considering leaving their homes on their island, which has a population of 120 people, to move to the mainland.TD wants Government to spend €400,000 to buy out Tory ferry contractTory Island residents stage protest outside Dáil over ferry controversy was last modified: February 15th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ferryking of toryPearse Dohertyqueen of aranTory Island
Speaking at the pre-departure briefing to announce the mission, Iqbal Sharma, Chief Director, International Trade at DTI, says that these five sectors were chosen “because that’s where we think the quickest bites will be.”“While investment from the US has been good, this mission aims at increasing investment in existing sectors as well as highlighting new opportunities in which South Africa has pockets of excellence that can be grown with US investment.”Responding to questions about how the South African delegation will respond to concerns about BEE, Sharma said that “government’s BEE regulations are aimed at changing the way business is conducted in South Africa. BEE is a mechanism to promote equitable growth and development in a sustainable manner. The experience of BEE has shown that not only is it a moral imperative, but it also makes excellent business sense.”Commenting on the response to the mission, Sharma says, “The level of interest has been very positive and we expect some important investment announcements to be made as a result of the mission.”Minister Mphalwa will address an investment conference in New York and will highlight South Africa’s economic success and the strong support the government is giving to the outsourcing industry.Says Margaret Dingalo, Stakeholder Relations Director at the International Marketing Council of South Africa (which has partnered with the DTI to host this Mission) “Our US investment drive will showcase the boundless possibilities available to investors. We believe that such initiatives will help achieve South Africa’s 6% growth target, as well as enhance our tourism, trade and investment prospects ahead of 2010.”The IMC’s Margaret Dingalo and Dr Raymond Ngcobo, Chief Director, Strategic Competitiveness Unit (EIDD).EndsIssued by: Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry and the International Marketing Council of South AfricaEnquiriesFor more information about the mission, or to schedule interviews, please contact:Mr. Brian Soldaat, Investment promotion & facilitation, Department of Trade and IndustryTelephone: 012 394 1238/ 082 635 7174Email: Brians@thedti.gov.za