Low paid workers must be protected – Shortt

first_img Previous articlePaving the way for the futureNext articleThe Runway is a real pick-me-up admin WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsLow paid workers must be protected – ShorttBy admin – June 9, 2011 592 Twitter Print Facebookcenter_img Linkedin Email Advertisement THE focus of wage cuts should be shifted from those working in the tourism industry to higher paid professions, according to a local politician, who spoke out on behalf of low paid workers.Reacting to comments made by the director of the Shannon College of Hotel Management, reported in a recent edition of the Limerick Post, Labour Cllr Tom Shortt, said that employers were using the recession as a cover to drive down wage costs to already under paid workers.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Shortt said that there had been a strong reaction on the ground, among those working in the tourism industry, to remarks made by Mr. Smyth that the abolition of premium payments for Sunday workers would create jobs.“People employed in the tourism industry are very hard workers and need to be protected.“Sunday is culturally a day off, to spend with family or doing leisure activities, and those who work it are denied that, so the extra sacrifice should be awarded”.Mr Smyth had claimed that the tourism industry was being “strangled by the Joint Labour Committee,” and was outdated.In response, Cllr Shortt said that it was essential to protect low paid workers.“The spotlight should not be placed solely on the service industry.“We should be taxing bankers, consultants, judges and all on exorbitant salaries, who put up huge resistance to any reduction in their wages.“A lot of people were horrified by the payments made to outgoing senators.“This needs to be a much broader debate”.In response to Mr. Smyth’s comment that Ireland does not have “a sense of service to match our wonderful sense of hospitality”, the Thomondgate councillor said that morale was down among workers.“Morale is an issue and will not improve if staff are stripped of minimal working conditions.“The hotel industry benefits greatly from generous tax relief schemes, while the promotion of tourism is also paid for by the state.“While its true that tourism is essential, it is a reflection of a vibrant economy and will only grow with it.“There is the feeling there that employers are exploiting workers, cutting wages and using the recession as cover”.He said that it was easy to pigeonhole the vulnerable in society, who did not cause the economic melt down.Speaking about Minister Richard’s Bruton’s proposals to change basic rates and conditions for low paid workers in the hotel, catering and retail sectors, Cllr Shortt said that Labour is lobbying to ensure that wage levels be maintained.last_img read more

A Raisin in the Sun Recoups on Broadway

first_img In addition to Washington, Jackson, Okonedo and Rose, A Raisin in the Sun features Stephen McKinley Henderson, David Cromer, Jason Dirden, Sean Patrick Thomas and Bryce Clyde Jenkins. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014 Sophie Okonedo A Raisin in the Sun Anika Noni Rose Lorraine Hansberry’s classic American drama takes place in the late ‘50s in a south side Chicago apartment, chronicling the lives of the members of an African-American family. Matriarch Lena (Jackson) plans to buy a home in an all-white neighborhood when she receives a hefty insurance check. Her son Walter (Washington) dreams of buying a liquor store and being his own man, and her daughter Beneatha (Rose) dreams of attending medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face create the drama in this beloved play. Star Files Related Shows Hot off the heels of winning the Tony for Best Revival of a Play, A Raisin in the Sun has announced that it has recouped its entire capitalization. The show, directed by Kenny Leon and starring Denzel Washington, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose, began previews on March 8 and opened on April 3. It will play its final performance on June 15 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Leon and Okonedo both won Tonys for their work on the production. Denzel Washingtonlast_img read more

FL House Passes Bill Requiring Parental Consent for Abortions

first_imgUnderage girls seeking an abortion in our state will soon be required to get a parent’s approval under a bill the Florida House passed mostly along party lines on Thursday.The vote was 75-43 to approve SB 404, with two Republicans voting against the measure and four Democrats casting votes in favor of it.The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign it into law. It would then go into effect on July 1.He had asked lawmakers to send him the bill during last month’s State of the State speech, which marked the beginning of the legislative session.According to bill sponsor and Republican Rep. Erin Grall of Vero Beach, the reasoning for the new law is to place more authority in parents and to strengthen the family.She explains, “We have taken the focus off the family far too long to the detriment of our society. I refuse to accept that we should diminish the rights of all parents in the raising of their child because of the acts of a few.”Under the current law, parents and legal guardians must be notified when their child is trying to get an abortion, but do not need to approve the procedure. A waiver process is available through the courts for a pregnant minor with extenuating circumstances. The new bill would apply that same waiver process for parental consent.Democrats argue the waiver process could be intimidating for a young girl and add that the notification process already involves parents. They believe that lawmakers should invest in sex education programs and birth control to reduce the number of abortions.“What is the purpose of this? What is the problem we are seeking to solve? We already have parental notification,” says Democratic Rep. Geraldine Thompson, of Windemere. “We come back year after year after year to talk about abortion when we ought to be talking about how to prevent unwanted pregnancies.”last_img read more

NBBF President Calls on State Govts to Support Sport

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The competition in the last nine years has become a veritable ground for fishing fresh basketball talents. While advising the players to consider the competition as a step to make it in life, the President of NBBF commended the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nasiru  Ajanah, for sustaining the competition even in the face of the current economic recession. In his remark, Justice Ajanah noted that his desire to sustain the competition was borne out of zeal to foster unity of purpose in the development of basketball in the state as well as help to remove idle youths from the street so that they can have brighter future. “We have started achieving result as youths in the state have committed themselves to the game,” he said. While commending the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for supporting the competition with N1million, he assured stakeholders that he will not relent in his effort to further develop the game of basketball in the state. At the end of the competition, Team Kogi defeated Team Okene to win the 9th edition while Team Okehi defeated Team Ofu in the third place game. By Yekini Jimoh in LokojaThe President of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Mallam Tijani Umar, has called on state governments to support individuals and corporate organisations that devote their time and money into sport development. Umar made the call in Okene, Kogi State during the Annual Ajanah Basketball Competition among all the 21 local government councils in the state.According to him, sport is the easiest and best way to mobilised and discourage youths from social vices that are inimical to their lives and the society at large.He therefore called on the Kogi State Government to give a helping hand to those who promote sport in the state, stressing that the Ajanah Annual Basketball Competition deserves the support of the government.last_img read more

Man Utd legends thrash Bayern in 1999 charity rematch

first_imgSolskjaer again started on the bench as he did in the Camp Nou final, but he wasted little time after coming on for Andy Cole, turning home the opener after Dwight Yorke was denied.With Ferguson back in the dugout as manager for the day, there was a feelgood factor in the air at Old Trafford for United’s 5-0 win after a troubled season for the current generation.David Beckham made the most of his return to Old Trafford with Manchester United’s legends © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYIt was the first time Ferguson, 77, had managed a United team since his retirement in 2013.He sat with ex-England boss Steve McClaren, his assistant 20 years ago.The reunion match, in aid of the Manchester United Foundation, was also the first time Ferguson had been on the pitch since undergoing major surgery after suffering a brain haemorrhage last May.Rolling back the years, David Beckham was firing cross-field balls, Jaap Stam showed no mercy at the back and Paul Scholes bossed the midfield.Alex Ferguson was back in the dugout as manager for the day as his side beat Bayern Legends in a charity 1999 treble winners’ reunion © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYThey faced a star-studded Bayern squad that included Lothar Matthaus, Stefan Effenberg, Sammy Kuffour and Carsten Jancker from the 1999 starting lineup, as well as former Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis.Solskjaer went off midway through the first half and skipper Peter Schmeichel followed suit shortly after Dwight Yorke scored a superb second for United Legends.Thanks to their two late goals against Bayern, United remain the only English club to win a treble made up of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in one season.As the latest man charged with trying to engineer a return to those glory days he was such an integral part in, Solskjaer’s efforts were greeted with enthusiasm by a crowd in excess of 60,000.Popular as he is, the reception for Solskjaer was eclipsed by the one afforded to Beckham.The former England skipper, 44, sold to Real Madrid in 2003 after a fall-out with Ferguson, got a standing ovation every time he went to take a corner.Louis Saha (2nd R), one of the handful of non-treble winners playing for United, slotted home the fourth in the 85th minute as he turned home a Jonathan Greening cross © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYChanges aplenty punctuated the second half rather than goals, with Stam, Scholes and Denis Irwin among those to be replaced to rapturous applause.Nicky Butt netted United’s third of the afternoon 11 minutes from time as he coolly stabbed home a Louis Saha cross.Saha, one of the handful of non-treble winners playing for United, slotted home the fourth in the 85th minute as he turned home a Jonathan Greening cross.In a fitting finale, Beckham got behind the Bayern backline and showed quick feet before firing home in front of the Stretford End, leaving Ferguson wreathed in smiles and the crowd on their feet in delight.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United ’99 Legends celebrate a goal against Bayern Munich in a charity match © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, May 26 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tormented Bayern Munich once again as the Manchester United manager scored in his club’s side beat on Sunday.Twenty years after Solskjaer scored the last-gasp winner that helped Alex Ferguson’s side beat Bayern in the Champions League final, the current United boss joined his old team-mates for a charity match against the Germans at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Out-of-contract midfielder focusing on the short-term with Man Utd

first_img Michael Carrick’s contract expires in the summer Michael Carrick is enjoying his football rather than worrying whether he will still be a Manchester United player next season.This is the midfielder’s 10th campaign at Old Trafford, during which time he has collected five Premier League winners’ medals and a Champions League.Carrick’s time in the north-west could soon be up, though, as the midfielder’s contract expires in the summer.Arsenal, Newcastle and even the Chinese Super League have been mentioned as possible destinations, but the 34-year-old is only concerned about enjoying himself with United and England.“I don’t know, to be honest,” stand-in captain Carrick said when asked about his future.“I don’t expect to play every game – this week the run of games we’ve had to play would be a big ask for me.“I’ve probably played 25, 26, 27 games or something so far, so it’s not bad.“I want to play every game because you’re used to playing most games, but it’s just how it is.“I’m just enjoying playing at the moment. How long is it going to last? When you get to this stage, you don’t know, so I am just trying to enjoy it for what it is and see where that takes me.” 1last_img read more

Corning boys basketball team moves to 18-0

first_imgCorning >> For the first time in more than a decade, the Corning High boys basketball team welcomed Paradise to town for a league contest. Friday’s winter homecoming game kicked off Westside League play between Paradise and Corning. Corning won round one, 60-41, to stay unbeaten at 18-0 and 3-0 in WSL play. Paradise dropped to 7-10, 1-2. Corning, off to its best start since third-year coach Kurt Wilkins grabbed the reigns of the program, received a game-high 24 points from top scorer Noah …last_img read more

R5bn investment for Joburg CBD

first_img18 July 2008Johannesburg is reaping the rewards of South Africa’s Urban Development Zone tax initiative, first proclaimed five years ago, with some R5-billion being invested in designated areas in the country’s largest inner city.Of this amount, investments to the value of R1-billion had already been completed, with various projects contributing to the creation of an estimated 40 000 short- and long-term jobs in the construction industry.“Only two projects have not started, while the rest are under implementation,” said the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality’s acting programme manager for spatial economic development, Lebo Ramoreboli.The tax incentive encourages businesses to refurbish existing buildings or to build new assets in the inner city and to offset the cost of the development against the taxable income of the company through an accelerated depreciation allowance.Another five yearsWhile most of the cities struggled with the complexities of the process and investors complained that the period was too short – leading to the extension – Johannesburg had been able to get the UDZ tax incentive successfully on the road.The municipality officially re-launched the second five-year term of the UDZ tax incentive at Turbine Square in Newtown on 14 July. Turbine Square was one of the first developments to be undertaken by a private investor under the tax incentive. Melding the old with the new, it is one of the most visually pleasing projects in the city.All the municipality’s UDZ partners were invited to the launch, where they were congratulated and thanked for their on their ongoing investment in the inner city and the confidence they had shown in the incentive.Key partners included Afhco Holdings, which has revamped 82 buildings in the inner city to date – the majority for residential purposes – and financial services group Absa, which is developing a whole compound in Ferreirasdorp.The Absa development, according to Ramoreboli, was probably the biggest UDZ development in the inner city so far.The national Treasury originally intended for the tax incentive scheme, which targeted the inner cities of 13 metropolitan areas across South Africa, to run for five years only.Extended boundaryWhile already stretching over 1 800 hectares of high density inner city property – most inner cities in South Africa comprise about 650 hectares of built environment – the metropolitan municipality wants the boundaries of the zone to be further extended.“The initial UDZ areas were selected on the basis of substantial dilapidation. These areas were haemorrhaging because of capital flight [out of the inner cities],” said Ramoreboli.But since the tax incentive was introduced in 2004, the municipality’s economic development department received numerous requests from investors to increase the UDZ boundary – and it is currently negotiating with the National Treasury to do this.Areas that are being pushed for inclusion are Mayfair and Brixton, where residential development will be encouraged, and Booysens and Selby, which already have a strong industrial character and where office development will be encouraged.In the meantime, Newtown, Braamfontein, and City and Suburban are booming; Marshall Town, Ferreirasdorp, Bellevue, Wolhuter and Selby have relatively smaller projects, though these are still sizeable in number; but Hillbrow, Berea, Yeoville and Doornfontein are not faring as well.The urban development zone tax incentive now officially expires in March 2014.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Arum open to Pacquiao-Matthysse but not in April

first_imgFILE – This file photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows boxing promoter Bob Arum gesturing while speaking at a press conference for boxers Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTOTop Rank chief Bob Arum is open to the possibility of making a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse of Argentina happen.Just don’t expect it to happen soon with Arum planning to pit Pacquiao against a different opponent in Mike Alvarado for the Filipino boxing icon’s scheduled ring return on April 14. Alvarado is also promoted by Top Rank.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:06Manny Pacquiao trains in LA for last time before Keith Thurman fight01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:29Police 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 READ: Pacquiao wants Matthysse; Arum picks AlvaradoIn an interview with BoxingScene.com, Arum said a Pacquiao-Matthysse bout is “something that he’s willing to explore in the future,” according to the story.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Well, [it wasn’t possible to do next] because nobody’s ever talked to Matthysse, about whether he’s ready [to even fight in April]. I think some writer asked [Pacquiao] if he’d want to fight, and he said ‘yes,’” Arum explained in a separate interview. “Would he fight Matthysse down the road? Why not? But we were up against a deadline in April, so at that point not having talked to the opponent, it was a non-starter.”The potential duel surfaced after Matthysse called out Pacquiao among the top fighters he want to face this year following his eighth-round knockout of Tewa Kiram of Thailand last month at The Forum in Los Angeles where he won the WBA “regular” welterweight belt.center_img MOST READ The 39-year-old Pacquiao then, added fuel to Matthysse’s comments in a interview with the Manila Bulletin a week ago.“I want Matthysse,” Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin. “This is the fight that I like… a fight fans would also like to see. I can fight in April or even May.”Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) hasn’t fought since yielding the WBO welterweight title to Jeff Horn in a controversial decision last July in Brisbane, Australia.If the fight eventually comes to fruition later in the year, it promises to be no cakewalk for Pacquiao with the 35-year-old Matthyse armed with knockout power, having won 36 of his 44 fights by stoppage against four losses.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Gold drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program View commentslast_img read more