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Simmons has 31 points, 18 rebs as 76ers beat Wizards

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first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Gordon has 40 and 15, Magic beat Thunder to end Tomas Satoransky’s short jumper trimmed Philadelphia’s lead to 116-113 with 11.4 seconds left, but Jerryd Bayless iced it at the foul line.Sixers coach Brett Brown said he considered removing Simmons from the game, but chose to let him work through it.“We decided to roll with Ben and it’s going to be part of his evolution,” Brown said. “He’s going to have a long career and he has to navigate through this. It’s going to be part of his growth.”Already playing without injured star John Wall, the Wizards lost Beal for the rest of the first half when he took a shot to the face from Bayless on a layup and sustained a bruise. Beal returned in the third quarterEmbiid blocked two shots in a six-second span in the first half. He also swatted Tim Frazier’s shot to start a fast break, took a pass from Simmons and threw down a dunk. Saric made the highlight reel by flipping a behind-the-back pass to Robert Covington driving for a layup a few minutes in.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was in attendance and posed for pictures with fans in the third quarter as he walked through the crowd. One fan yelled: “Take the NFL job.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After cutting a 22-point deficit to single digits with five minutes left, the Wizards started fouling Simmons, who entered the game shooting 56.6 percent from the line. He went 15 for 29, but made six of his last eight. His 24 attempts in the fourth were an NBA record for one quarter, according to ESPN Stats & Info, and the 29 overall set a league mark for rookies.“I have no fear of taking free throws,” Simmons said. “It’s not going to happen for much longer.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJoel Embiid had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and Dario Saric added 24 points to help the Sixers (12-8) win for the sixth time in eight games.Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 22 points and Bradley Beal and Jodie Meeks each had 21 for the Wizards (11-10), who have lost five of seven. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Washington Wizards’ Ian Mahinmi, center, goes up for a shot between Philadelphia 76ers’ Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, left, and Joel Embiid during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania—Ben Simmons foiled the Hack-a-Shaq strategy.Simmons scored 31 points, grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and overcame several intentional fouls, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 118-113 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The Wizards cut the deficit to 14 when Meeks hit consecutive 3-pointers. It was 96-88 when Washington began to send Simmons to the foul line. He missed four of eight free throws as Philadelphia’s lead dwindled to 100-97 with 3:35 to go.“It’s not my rule, it’s an NBA rule,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said about fouling Simmons. “Just trying to do whatever it takes to cut the lead. His free throw percentage is not good at the moment so it gave us a chance to shoot 3s while they hopefully miss free throws.”After Simmons made one and missed one, Embiid grabbed the rebound and got fouled. He made one of two. Beals then missed a jumper and Simmons again went to the line and made both, extending the lead to 104-97.“It’s frustrating, but I trust Ben to step up and he did a great job,” Embiid said.Beal answered with a 3 before Simmons made two more free throws. Simmons then made one and missed one and Embiid fouled out, sending Beal to the line for three. He made all three.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Beijing Hosts FOCAC Summit in September: What is Liberia Taking to the Table?

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first_imgAlexander Nuetah is an Assistant Professor of the University of Liberia – Advertisement – By J. Alexander NuetahSince 2000 when China held the first Ministerial conference to inaugurate the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Beijing has deepened its engagements with the continent and taken its relations to new heights. In 2006, Beijing hosted the first FOCAC Summit which brought together heads of state from countries across the African continent. Following the Beijing Summit, China announced the China-Africa Development Fund (CADFund) in June 2007 with an initial capital of $5 billion. The intent of the CADFund was to strengthen bilateral trade, investment, and credit between China and African countries. At two subsequent forums held in 2010 and 2015, China further increased its Africa Development fund respectively to $30 and $60 billion, leading to further expansion in its engagement with the continent. This has resulted into increased aid, bilateral credits, debt cancellation, and a boom in Sino-Africa trade and investment. For instance, trade volume between China and Africa has increased from about $10 billion in 2000 to over $170 billion in 2017 while the stock of China’s outward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Africa has risen from US$500 million to more than US$41 billion during the same period.China has also strengthened its engagements with African countries in the areas of industrialization, modernization of agriculture, infrastructural development, human capital development, green development, poverty alleviation, public health, people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and peace and security. Liberia has not missed out on the China-Africa bonanza. For instance, total trade between the two sides has grown from just about $161 million in 2000 to more than $2.13 billion in 2017, while the stock of FDI outflow to the country has risen from less than $6 million in 2003 to over $290 million in 2016. Liberia has also witnessed China’s massive involvement not just with its post-war human capital development but also development of its infrastructure. Cardinal among China’s marks on infrastructure financed through Chinese grant include the University of Liberia’s new Fendall buildings that comprise of teaching, administrative and dormitory facilities for faculties and students, the Jackson F. Doe referral hospital in Tappita, Nimba County, the ongoing ministerial complex project, and the renovation and refurbishing of the Samuel K. Doe Sports complex in Paynesville.On 25 July 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping, at the meetings of BRICS nations in South Africa, announced that Beijing will host African countries at the FOCAC Summit in September under the theme, “China and Africa: Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future through Win-Win Cooperation”. The Chinese leader further urged BRICS nations to strengthen cooperation with Africa, support its development and make BRICS-Africa cooperation a model for South-South cooperation; and encouraged them to actively carry out cooperation with African countries in such areas as poverty reduction, food security, innovation, infrastructure development and industrialization in a way compatible with their national conditions, and help African countries develop their economic structure, contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2063 of the African Union and thus enable Africa, an ancient continent, to gain strong vitality. Such call indicates Beijing’s desire to champion the cause of Africa’s development.The Chinese have proven that a nation ravished by poverty can lift its people from such conditions if the state so prioritizes to do so; it has learned from its bitter experience of famine in the 1950s that a nation can attain food security if the appropriate attention is given to its agriculture; it has succeeded in transforming its economy from an underdeveloped one to not just the largest exporter in the world but also the world’s second largest economy. So, China knows what it takes to pull a nation out of a state of deprivation to sufficiency and so has asked BRICS peers to help rescue Africa.So, as Africa goes to Beijing in September, prospects for the expansion of CADFund and the involvement of other BRICS member states are high; and expectations of African leaders are even higher. Beijing will not disappoint. It has expanded the CADFund at each succeeding Summit since its establishment, and it’s now engaged in an ambitious “Belt and Road Initiative” which is expected to feature high at the Summit, as it tries to link the initiative with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the AU 2063 Agenda, and the development strategies of individual African countries. China has also clearly drawn up its two-stage development plan covering the period 2020 through the middle of this century. President Xi has also reemphasized Beijing’s priorities for Africa’s development in his BRICS’s address.But does Liberia, under this new government, have a clear vision of what its development priorities are, and the role China can play in contributing to the achievement of such goals? And, as Liberia prepares for the Summit, what is it expected to put on the table that fits not just into Beijing’s priorities but attracts its continued interest? In Beijing’s “win-win” engagement strategy, countries must know what their interests are and take it to the table.  There is a common parlance that if you don’t know your destination, any road takes you there. But development in the eyes of Beijing does not tread that path.To maximize your wins from Beijing’s “win-win” strategy, you must know what your priorities are and take them to the table. So, as Liberia goes to Beijing, it must have a clear idea of what its “pro-poor agenda” is, and how it can attract Beijing’s attention in the midst of competing agendas.  Key areas of interest could be the role China could play in agricultural development to ensure food security; improvements in relevant infrastructure to spur economic growth; diversification of the economy to reduce reliance on the extractive sector and build its resilience, and an expansion of existing programs in human capital development. If these are parts of Liberia’s “pro-poor agenda”, China has shown great strength and could be of greater help. About the Author: J. Alexander Nuetah is an Assistant Professor at the University of Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Deep fear created over prospect of future elections – Fmr Speaker

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first_imgFollowing the announcement that President David Granger had unilaterally selected a new Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in the person of Justice (retd) James Patterson, there has been much debate and controversy surrounding the legality of such a move.More importantly, this decision has, to a large extent, created deep fear and anguish over the prospect of future elections.This is according to former Speaker of the National Assembly, Attorney-at-Law Ralph Ramkarran, who, in his weekly column, ‘Conversation Tree’, declared that Guyanese have been victims of rigged elections in Guyana since 1968. More specifically, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and its supporters have been those victims.Ramkarran recalled that for democracy to be restored to Guyana, it took 24 years of hard and painful struggle, during which Guyana’s economic and social development was severely damaged; and he said the country is still recovering from that period.“The deep fears of the PPP, arising from the initial impasse over the selection of the Chair and now the eventual breakdown of the process, must be instilling deep fear and anguish over the future and the prospect of being rigged out of office for another twenty-five years,” he opined.Ramkarran was keen to point out that the PPP went to extraordinary lengths over the past 10 months to find 18 Guyanese willing to agree to have their names submitted to President Granger for consideration to be appointed to what he described as one of the most difficult, controversial and thankless of jobs – Chair of GECOM.And according to him, of the last six names submitted, two immediately stood out and met the President’s criteria of ‘fit and proper,’ which he has been referring to continually.While many of the other nominees are also well qualified, Ramkarran said, no one can seriously assert that the political persuasion of either of these two men, if any, would influence their decisions. He was referring specifically to retired Major General Joe Singh and Attorney-at -Law Teni Housty. Ramkarran noted that Singh had been a highly respected Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, and was Chair of GECOM for the 2002 elections, which were credibly held. And Housty is a well-respected, well-qualified, senior experienced, lawyer and former President of the Guyana Bar Association.Meanwhile, in addressing another matter, Ramkarran said that while the PPP has announced that it would mount a constitutional challenge to the President’s appointment of a Chairman for GECOM, he believes the best time for this was after the President had rejected the first six names, and in so doing had suggested that the names should be of only judges, former judges, or persons qualified to be judges.“The results of the case, which was filed after the Leader of the Opposition had submitted a second set of names, showed that it could have been possible to obtain an order from the court directing the President to choose a name from that first six,” he explained.But having submitted two further sets of six names, each at the invitation of the President, the Opposition Leader had been deprived of the opportunity of having the court issue an order in relation to the first six names.He insisted that the Constitution provides thus: “If the Leader of the Opposition FAILS to submit a list as provided for,” only then can the President proceed unilaterally to make an appointment of a judge, former judge, or person qualified to be a judge to the post of GECOM Chairman.Ramkarran pointed out that the Opposition Leader had submitted a list which was amended twice by the substitution of names. He said that in that case, the Opposition Leader did not fail to submit a list, and the President’s appointment is therefore void.Touching on the PPP’s decision of declaring non-cooperation with the Government, Ramkarran said it is not the first time in the PPP’s history that non-cooperation was declared.He recalled that after the 1973 elections, at which the People’s National Congress (PNC) had seized a two-thirds majority, the PPP had declared non-cooperation and did not take up its seats in the National Assembly for 18 months.“The PNC did the same after 1992, and did not take up their seats in the National Assembly for long periods of time in the years thereafter.In both cases, the respective governments had carried on their business with little disruption, but with great bitterness.“Based on past history with the PPP and PNC, the PPP’s non-cooperation would mean very little in practical terms to the government’s agenda,” Ramkarran asserted.last_img read more

Local Derby Girls preparing for final home match

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first_imgThe match will be taking place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the fast paced, exciting action beginning at 7 p.m.Tickets are currently on sale from any of the Derby girls, and can also be bought at the door the day of the event for $8.As per usual, the event will also be looking to help raise food donations for the local food drive, and those in attendance are being asked to donate any non-perishable items they can.- Advertisement -Speaking of food, the local Derby Girls will be hungry for the taste of victory, as the team is coming off a home loss to the Rated PG RollerGirls.For more information on the event, to purchase tickets or to find our more about the Energetic City Roller Derby Association, visit the Club’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Mattel faces third toy recall

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first_imgNEW YORK – The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Mattel Inc., announced late Tuesday that it is recalling more than 700,000 Chinese-made toys that have excessive amounts of lead paint. The recall covers 675,000 units of various Barbie accessory toys that were manufactured between Sept. 30, 2006, and Aug. 20, 2007. The action also involves 90,000 units of Geo Trax Locomotive Toys and 8,900 Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys, both from the company’s Fisher-Price brand. The Big Big World products were sold at retailers nationwide from July through August of this year, while the Geo Trax toys were sold from September 2006 through August of this year. The announcement marks Mattel’s third major recall of Chinese-made toys because of lead paint in a a month. Mattel’s last recall, announced on Aug. 14, covered about 19 million toys worldwide. They included Chinese-made toys that either had excessive amounts of lead paint or had small magnets that could easily be swallowed by children. On Aug. 1, Mattel’s Fisher-Price division said it was recalling 1.5 million preschool toys featuring characters such as Dora the Explorer, Big Bird and Elmo because of lead paint. That action included 967,000 toys sold in the United States between May and August. Lead can cause brain damage when ingested by young children. Under current regulations, children’s products found to have more than .06 percent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall. Robert Eckert, chairman and chief executive of El Segundo, Calif.-based Mattel, warned at a press conference last month that there may be more recalls of tainted toys as the company steps up its investigations into its Chinese factories and retests products. Still, Tuesday’s announcement is yet another blow to Mattel, which had cultivated an image of tightly controlling production in China. The CPSC is also considering a possible investigation of whether Mattel notified authorities as quickly as it should have in connection with the Aug. 14 recall. With more than 80 percent of toys sold worldwide made in China, toy sellers are nervous that shoppers will shy away from their products during this year’s critical holiday season. In June, toy maker RC2 Corp. voluntarily recalled 1.5 million wooden railroad toys and set parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line. The company said that the surface paint on certain toys and parts made in China between January 2005 and April 2006 contain lead, affecting 26 components and 23 retailers. In July, Hasbro Inc. recalled faulty Chinese-made Easy Bake ovens, marking the second time the iconic toy had been recalled this year. The recalled toys from the Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band line have two bongos, including one with a yellow and green plastic drum base and a blue drum surface. The other bongo is yellow and has a green plastic drum base with an orange drum surface with “It’s a Big, Big World” printed on it. The toys were sold with animal-shaped accessories including a monkey, bird, tambourine and drum stick. The recalled toys in the Barbie accessory line included a Barbie Dream Puppy House, which had lead paint on the dog; a Barbie Dream Kitty Condo playset, which had lead paint on the cat; and a Barbie table and chairs kitchen playset, which had lead paint on the dog and dinner plates.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Property prices in Donegal set to boom in 2017

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first_imgIn the Sunday Time’s Property Price Guide, it has been predicted that the CSO average housing price of €110,800 will rise by 5% over the course of 2017. Prices of semi-detached houses and apartments in Letterkenny and Buncrana got a major boost in 2016, with price rising by 8.8% year-on-year, and investors returning to the county.Speaking to the Sunday Times, Paul Franklin from Franklin’s estate agents says; “Global uncertainty will undoubtedly affect property values in 2017.” “Brexit is uniquely unpredictable and the dramatic fall in the value of sterling will no doubt continue to stifle interest from the UK and Northern Ireland, where 42% of our clients are based.”“Letterkenny appears to be quite resilient to adverse outside factors. The town has a strong commercial, entrepreneurial spirit with a supportive local community. Infrastructure has improved dramatically and the region now draws people from around the country.”A second-hand three-bed semi, which would have been worth €80,000 in 2014, is expected to fetch a massive €130,000 in 2017.Similar rises can be seen with a second-hand 4-bed in a town, which would have gone for €90,000 in 2014, has gained a massive €65,000 in value; being worth €155,000 in 2017. The only property type to decrease are large country homes with land, which on average would have been worth €350,000 in 2014. The price fell by €5,000 in 2015, and remains at an expected €345,000 in 2017.Property prices in Donegal set to boom in 2017 was last modified: January 8th, 2017 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:buncranadonegalletterkennypaul franklinpropertylast_img read more

SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT DELIVERS HUGE SUCCESS FOR NORTH WEST BUSINESS

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first_imgOne of Northern Ireland’s largest indoor karting centres is toasting its success after a programme of investment delivered an 18% increase in sales in the past 12 months.Campsie Karting, Derry expanded its portfolio of leisure and corporate entertainment services with a £100,000 investment in a new state of the art 10,000 sq ft indoor paintball arena and an 18 hole indoor crazy golf course. It has helped increase visitor numbers from 1,300 to 2,000 per month in 2014 ranging from adrenalin fuelled racing enthusiasts to families, groups, businesses and stag and hen parties.The significant expansion includes the recruitment of three additional full time members of staff to an existing workforce of 10 full and part time employees, with further recruitment targeted in 2015.Eamonn Gallagher said, “We have invested heavily in our new 10,000 sq ft indoor paintball arena and an 18 hole indoor crazy golf course to expand our services offering for a range of customers and we reaped the rewards in 2014 with a significant increase in sales and visitor numbers from across Northern Ireland.“As a four star attraction, this investment means that we now boast the largest indoor paintball arena on the island of Ireland alongside the largest professionally designed indoor karting circuit in Northern Ireland and we are looking forward to welcoming even more visitors throughout 2015 to experience our excellent facilities.” Mary Blake, Tourism Development Officer at Derry City Council is thrilled to see this level of growth in business for Campsie Karting, “We are seeing a marked increase in activity tourism and visitors to the rural area seeking action packed days and fun filled nights.“Cutting edge activities offer opportunities for groups, individuals and families and Eamonn’s investment is being rewarded by a marked increase in visitors.”Campsie Karting is a local activity provider located within the Tyrone and Sperrins, which boasts a wealth of natural landscape, amenities and recreational activities to captivate any visitor.Steeped in history and legend, with majestic highlands, lush rivers and rugged valleys, the Tyrone and Sperrins is one of Northern Ireland’s most unspoilt and wild areas.It is well known for its spectacular countryside, stunning mountain ranges and beautiful undiscovered landscapes that makes it ideal for a break in the outdoors.The region has an array of ancient treasures to explore and for the more adventurous pursuits there are a range of outdoor recreational activities including angling, equestrian, food and drink, spa and relaxation, cycling, walking, golfing, paintballing, zorbing, go-karting and water sports. For more information on Tyrone and the Sperrins visit: www.nitb.com/Destinations/TyroneSperrinsSIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT DELIVERS HUGE SUCCESS FOR NORTH WEST BUSINESS was last modified: April 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

WORK SET TO BEGIN ON HISTORIC NEW RAILWAY WALKWAY IN TERMON

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first_imgIncluded in the photo arePatric Hilferty , Dan O Donnell, Jim O Donnell ( Landowners) Joe Mc Hugh, Mary Doherty Manager at Craoibhin, Inga Bock, Recreation Officer DLDC, Cilene Mc Fadden, & Fred Gallagher members of Comhlacht Forbartha an Tearmann.Missing from Photo – Michael Mc Bride, Noreen Trearty & Eugene Trearty.FEATURES: On Sunday afternoon last a small group gathered to mark the first sod being turned on an exciting new project in Termon, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. The Railway Line that runs through the Termon area is being developed by Local Community Group Comhlacht Forbartha an Tearmann as part of  county wide initiative to get the old Lough Swilly route the Derry- Burtonport railway line reopened as a walk and cycle path.Work is due to begin on 3km stretch of land from Currin to Barnes in the coming days. Initially the land is being cleared of debris and fallen trees by local excavator Dan O’ Donnell. It is hoped that with the continued help of other community groups and local farmers that the route can be developed from Letterkenny right through to where the Creeslough development group carry on the work right through to Falcarragh and onto Burtonport and indeed the islands off Donegal.So if you are a landowner or a community group along the railway please get in touch with Mary here in the Craoibhín or Inga Bock at Donegal Local Development Company.Comhlacht Forbartha an Tearmann are the umbrella group for Croaibhín Community Centre in Termon, where the project is being led by Mary Doherty and Local Volunteer Eugene Trearty.WORK SET TO BEGIN ON HISTORIC NEW RAILWAY WALKWAY IN TERMON was last modified: October 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Featuresnewslast_img read more

RESIDENTS RETURN TO HOMES AFTER ARMY TAKE LIVE GRENADE FROM ESTATE

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first_imgOfficers from the Crimes Scene Investigation unit at today’s grenade find. Pic by Brian McDaid.Residents of a Letterkenny housing estate have returned to their homes after a grenade was removed by a specialist army unit late this afternoon.The explosive device was found by local man Bernard Houston while taking part in a clean-up on the Glencar Park housing state.Mr Bernard Houston and his family at the scene where the grenade was found. Pic by Brian McDaid.Mr Houston and his family returned to their home this afternoon after their ordeal. Nobody was hurt during the incident.The Explosives Ordnance Disposal team arrived from Athlone and took the grenade away.It is not known how the device came to be at the location but it is understood it was beneath the surface and was disturbed by Mr Houston as he was cleaning an area with a shovel.Local Gardai cordoned off the area form just after 11am this morning after the frightening discovery. RESIDENTS RETURN TO HOMES AFTER ARMY TAKE LIVE GRENADE FROM ESTATE was last modified: April 19th, 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) Tags:ArmydonegalGardaiGLENCAR PARKgrenadeletterkennylast_img read more

POLL: Is the proposed minimum wage of €9.55 per hour enough?

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first_imgFrom January 2018 the minimum wage is set to increase to €9.55.The minimum wage is currently €9.25, and when it increases full-time workers will have an extra €12 each week.This is the fourth time the minimum wage has increased since 2011, in an effort to meet the Programme for Government commitment of establishing €10.50 as the National Miniumum Wage. According to the CSO, around 10.1% of workers currently earn the minimum wage or less.However, two weeks ago Ireland’s living wage increased to €11.70 (according to The Living Wage Technical Group).The living wage is based on the concept that work should provide an adequate income to enable individuals to afford a socially acceptable standard of living.Workers’ union Unite have welcomed the increase, yet are still disappointed that it falls €2 short of the living wage. Is the proposed minimum wage of €9.55 per hour enough?No, it should be closer to the Living WageYes, it is a fair amountIt should remain at €9.25UnsureVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comIs the proposed minimum wage of €9.55 per hour enough?Commenting, Unite Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly pointed out that yesterday’s modest increase follows what he described as the ‘derisory’ increase of 10 cents last year.“Unite has consistently argued that what is needed is a medium-term strategy to bring the Minimum Wage to the Living Wage. In that context, today’s modest increase only slightly narrows the gap with the Living Wage of €11.70, which has been independently calculated as what is needed to provide a minimum acceptable standard of living.“Poverty pay is endemic in Ireland: we have one of the highest incidences of low pay in the industrialised economies.“Low pay is not only bad for workers and their communities – it is also bad for business, resulting in higher staff turnover with the associated costs, reduced productive and low staff morale.“While today’s modest increase is welcome, it follows on last year’s derisory 10 cent increase and still leaves the Minimum Wage over €2 short of the Living Wage. “What is needed in the medium term is not only a strategy to align the Minimum Wage with the Living Wage, but also a strategy to bring down costs such as rent, which in Dublin accounts for over 40 per cent of the Living Wage”, Jimmy Kelly said.Moreover, Worker’s Rights Senator Ged Nash has apprehensively welcomed the increase, yet maintains that the government “is making extremely hard work of their pledge” to increase the minimum wage to €10.50 per hour.Senator Nash said; “While modest, the Low Pay Commission’s recommendation to increase the rate by 30 cent an hour to €9.55 is a welcome but very small step in the right direction.“Frankly, this government has a lot to be modest about when it comes to delivering on its own promise that work should pay. “With a miserly 10 cent increase last year and a modest 30 cent recommended for next year, the Fine Gael-Independent Alliance government is making extremely heavy weather of their pledge to hike the minimum wage rate to €10.50 per hour.“Even when combined, the two increases over which they have presided still falls short of the 50 cent increase we managed in a single year and on foot of the first Low Pay Commission report which was published this time two years ago.“According to the CSO, there are around 130,000 workers on the national minimum wage. If the government is serious about reaching its own published target, then they need to work closely with the Low Pay Commission to develop a road map to €10.50 which in itself is €1.20 short of a Living Wage which now stands at €11.70 per hour.”POLL: Is the proposed minimum wage of €9.55 per hour enough? was last modified: July 19th, 2017 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:living wageminimum wagepolllast_img read more