first_imgDONEGAL Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has said that slammed the Coalition government over its “scandalous failure” to reduce massive pensions for ex-bankers.The Donegal South West TD’s comments were in response to claims by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan that he was powerless to act on the issue.Deputy Doherty said today: “Last week we heard yet again that senior bankers who were instrumental in the financial crash of 2008 are still receiving massive pensions. “Former AIB CEO Eugene Sheehy receives an annual pension of €500,000. His successor, Colm Doherty, now also retired will receive €300,000 a year when he turns 65.“Given the damage that these individuals caused not only to the banking sector but to the economy, people are right to be incensed that tax-payers’ money is being used to give these people grotesque pension payments.”Mr Doherty went on: “Unfortunately we have heard all of this before. When Fianna Fáil were in government the then Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Finance Minister Brian Lenihan signed off on a €1.5million pension top up to AIB CEO Richie Boucher despite the role he played in the collapse of the bank. While Richie Boucher waived this payment under political pressure the fact that the government was willing to sign off on it should not be forgotten.“While people came to expect this kind of behaviour from Fianna Fáil people are angry that Fine Gael and Labour, now in government are doing the very same thing. They are claiming that they are powerless to act. “However this is not the case. After sustained public and political pressure the late Brian Lenihan introduced an excessive banker’s levy in 2010. This meant that while the government couldn’t stop the payment of the bonuses they could claw back 90% of the money.“Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan know that the same approach could be used to the grotesque pensions of ex-bankers, and indeed for former Government Ministers as well. This could apply to pensions for bankers and indeed former government ministers.“The fact that Finance Minister Michael Noonan falsely claims that he is powerless to do anything about these massive pay-outs is generating substantial public anger.“The Minister for Finance has the power to reduce these payments. The government can and must reduce the massive pensions for former bankers. They could introduce the necessary legislation in December’s budget to apply levies on these payments in order to recoup the people’s money.“Once again Fine Gael and Labour are refusing to do in office what they called for when in opposition.” DOHERTY SLAMS ‘SCANDALOUS’ DECISION OF GOVERNMENT NOT TO REDUCE MASSIVE PENSIONS FOR BANKERS was last modified: November 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DOHERTY SLAMS ‘SCANDALOUS’ DECISION OF GOVERNMENT NOT TO REDUCE MASSIVE PENSIONS FOR BANKERSlast_img read more


first_imgFIVE Donegal men banned from driving in Northern Ireland have launched a legal case challenging driving bans being imposed in the Republic.The Road Safety Authority withdrew applications for the imposition of three other bans for other offences as the bans in Northern Ireland had since expired.In the cases of the five men, they were all caught drink-driving in Derry and Tyrone in 2013 and 2014. They had all pleaded guilty to the offences and had not attempted to appeal those convictions.Details of the grounds for the legal challenge were not given to Letterkenny District Court.However the Road Safety Authority, which implements northern bans south of the Border, is contesting the case.Solicitor Jacqueline Maloney, acting for the RSA, has provided Judge Paul Kelly with a written submission on the case.Judge Kelly told Ciaran McLaughlin, a solicitor for some of the men, and Ms Maloney, that he had just received the RSA legal arguments.He said it was a hefty submission.“I have just received this today so I will need some time to consider it,” said the judge.He adjourned the case until March 19 for hearing.It is the first case of its kind before the courts.In the Republic driving bans in Northern Ireland are enforced through an RSA application to the local district court.Motorists from the North who are banned from driving in the Republic have their bans imposed by simple administration after receiving a notice of the conviction from the RSA.One of the cases struck out yesterday involved Shaun Smith, Coylin Court, Ramelton. He had been challenging an Irish Republic ban after pleading guilty to drink driving in Derry in January last year.Ms Maloney asked for the case to be struck out because that one year ban had now expired.A second man had his case struck out as he had appealed a driving ban imposed in Tyrone for using a mobile phone and had the ban overturned.No reason was given for the withdrawal of another case involving a man from Inishowen who had been banned in 2012 for six years after being arrested for drink driving in Derry city centre.All those trying to prevent a ban in the Republic can continue to drive whilst the case is ongoing.FIVE CONVICTED DRINK DRIVERS CHALLENGE DRIVE BANS FROM NORTH was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 by John2Share 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)last_img read more


first_img10.35PM UPDATE: THE first rains and winds from the powerful remnants of ex-Hurricane Katia are coming ashore in Donegal now, with storm force winds according to all the main forecasts in the early hours and getting stronger in the afternoon.There are fears that the wind gusts – the worst since September 1961 – could bring down power lines.The storm could now last until Tuesday, the BBC in Belfast has just reported. And irishweatheronline has just updated for Donegal saying: “Donegal and north Ulster further east, the strongest winds are now likely noon to 6 p.m. when the gradient increases there.”Winds South to South Westerly will rise to around 70 miles per hour into the early hours. Because of the tropical air, temperatures overnight may not fall any lower than 12C to 15C.Rainfalls of 10-30 mms are expected, amounts dependent on tracks of heavy showers.The full force of the storm will be felt from about 5am to 6am over County Donegal according to the latest information from Met Eireann (RTE), the UK Met Office (BBC) and It is likely to continue at that pace for several hours, possibly through until 6pm and although they will ease, it will still be very stormy. The BBC says high steady winds of 70mph will continue throughout Monday, only tailing off tomorrow night.High waves of 8-15 metres and large swells can be expected with some local flooding likely especially around high tides (morning and evening hours tomorrow).Two weather warnings (Ireland/UK) are from midnight below:WEATHER ALERT IRELAND: 00hrs-1800hrs, Monday 12 September 2011 IWO – Strong winds and gusty showers or thunderstorms spreading in from the southwest Sunday night and easing mid-day Monday although some severe gusts could then continue in the north. Peak gusts may reach 90 mph (about 80 knots) in the northwest and much more locally in any severe storms further south. Some wind damage may result. There are also risks of coastal flooding from very high tides and large waves, swells. WEATHER ALERT UK: 00hrs-1800hrs, Monday 12 September 2011 UK Met Office – The remains of Hurricane Katia will move eastwards across northern Scotland during Monday, bringing a spell of very windy weather to the UK and also heavy rain to western Scotland. The strongest winds are expected to affect parts of Northern Ireland during the morning, before moving east across central and southern Scotland and into northeast England by evening. However, areas further south will not be immune, with the potential for strong gusts, particularly to the east of high ground. The public should be prepared for the risk of disruption to transport and of the possibility of damage to trees and structures.HURRICANE KATIA STORM LATEST SATELLITE PIX: EVENT COULD LAST ALL DAY MONDAY was last modified: September 12th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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 weatherdonegaldaily.comhurricane katiaHURRICANE KATIA STORM LATEST SATELLITE PIX: EVENT COULD LAST ALL DAY MONDAYlast_img read more

Tracy, Pirates will meet on Monday

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Littlefield also met last week with Atlanta third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez. Tracy’s five-year stint as Dodgers manager ended on Monday by what officially was termed a “mutual agreement” with general manager Paul DePodesta. – Tony Jackson Mulder update: St. Louis lefty Mark Mulder said he woke up at 4 a.m. Friday with a throbbing throwing arm after getting hit with a line drive by Joe Randa during the Cardinals’ 6-2 victory in Game 2 over San Diego on Thursday. “It’s just bruised, sore and stiff,” Mulder said after a long treatment session. “It looks pretty cute. I couldn’t throw today, there’s no way.” Mulder expects to know more today once the swelling goes down, but he has no idea when he’ll throw again – partly because it’s unclear when he would pitch next week if the Cardinals advance to the NL championship series, which could happen with a win in Game 3 tonight at Petco Park. Former Dodgers manager Jim Tracy will be in Pittsburgh on Monday to interview for the Pirates’ managerial vacancy, Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield told the Pittsburgh media on Friday. Former Oakland manager Ken Macha, a suburban Pittsburgh resident, is scheduled to interview for the same job Sunday. Tracy is believed to be the favorite for the job because of his relationship with Littlefield, who was Montreal’s player development director during the late 1990s while Tracy was the Expos’ bench coach under then-manager Felipe Alou. The new manager probably will be publicly introduced as the Pirates’ new manager by late Monday afternoon so he can attend the club’s organizational meetings, which begin on Tuesday in Bradenton, Fla. center_img Roster moves: Colorado Rockies outfielder Dustan Mohr opted for free agency after refusing an assignment to Triple-A Colorado Springs. … Minnesota dropped designated hitter Matthew LeCroy off the 40-man roster and outrighted him to Triple-A Rochester along with outfielder Jason Tyner and third baseman Glenn Williams. Also, Twins general manager Terry Ryan declined the $8.5 million option on the contract of left-handed pitcher Joe Mays, who will received a $500,000 buyout and become a free agent. 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

Brennan Hired As Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Kevin Brennan has been hired as an assistant coach for the Drake University women’s soccer team, head coach Lindsey Horner announced on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Brennan was previously the head men’s and women’s soccer coach at Cardinal Stritch University (NAIA) in Milwaukee, Wis. Brennan served as the men’s head coach for five seasons and as the women’s head coach for four seasons. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Wolves from 2003 to 2007. Brennan started his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant for both the Cardinal Stritch men’s and women’s soccer programs. “Kevin is a great addition to our staff and athletic department,” Horner said. “He is an experienced coach that has proven to be successful. He knows how to help his student-athletes reach their potential, both individually and collectively, while valuing the student-athlete experience. We are looking forward to working with Kevin to utilize his strengths both on-and-off the field in our pursuit of championships.” Brennan won 52 matches during his tenure as the men’s head coach at Cardinal Stritch, while he led the women’s program to 29 victories, nearly double the amount of wins for the Wolves in the four previous seasons before he took over. Brennan guided the Wolves’ men’s team to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles in 2012 and 2013. He received the league’s coach of the year award each season, including 2012 when he guided Cardinal Stritch to its first-ever NAIA National Tournament. The women’s team won a program-record 15 matches in 2015 and scored the most goals in program history with 49. Brennan holds a bachelor’s degree in sports organization and management and a master’s degree in sports management from Cardinal Stritch. Breenan is a native of Bristol, England.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Ulster Tyres celebrates 40 years in business!

first_imgToday, 2nd January 2018, is a very special day in the history of a local tyre company, Ulster Tyres. 40 years ago, on January 2nd 1978, Ulster Tyres was founded by husband and wife team, Joe & Brighid McGinley.Prior to this, Joe had been working for a long number of years in the tyre industry. After a number of years serving as a director in another tyre company locally, he saw an opportunity for an opening in the tyre trade offering tyres to the specialist tyre retail trade, the car dealership sector and the consumer retail market and after taking the plunge to open their own business, they have now grown Ulster Tyres to become the biggest tyre distributor in Ireland.Ulster Tyres, Ballybofey in 2018.Reflecting on the past 40 years Joe commented, “Celebrating our 40th anniversary is more than a milestone, it’s a launch point into our next era of successful product offerings and for customers who depend on our services. Environmental sustainability, road safety and social responsibility have always been a commitment of ours and these are still of the utmost importance to our brand.” “Our first premises was located beside Whitehouse Motors in Ballybofey but the business quickly outgrew this premises, and in 1980, we moved to a purpose built warehouse and tyre fitting unit in Stranorlar & we have never looked back. In 1982, we opened a second outlet at Port Road in Letterkenny and 1984 we trebled our warehouse space and then in 2000 we added a multi-million euro extension to our premises at Stranorlar.” says Joe.Ulster Tyres continues to expand in 1993.Ulster Tyres in 2000. After they completed a multimillion pound investment.Ulster Tyres, Letterkenny in 2017.Ulster Tyres place their success on their vision, customer service & offerings. They are known for doing things differently. Their vision and their teams hard work ethos has made them the most respected industry leader in providing the best products services and solutions in their industry through constant innovation. At Ulster Tyres they adhere to strict professional standards and are known to set themselves apart from their competition.Brighid a native of Annagry, was the financial controller & joint director of the company. Three of their four children have also been involved in the business over the years. Anne Marie, Yvonne & Fiona have all worked in the business and Fiona, now runs the company.Pictured outside the FAI are Joe, Brighid & Anne Marie McGinley presenting a sponsorship cheque to Tommy Gaynor & Michael O Connor for Best Goal Score in the League of Ireland in 1983. Tommy Gaynor went on to play for Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough.“Our parents instilled core traditional values in us growing up in a family business, that the customer must always be looked after & we owe alot of this to the team we have had over the past 40 years, they have all played a part in our success and that shows today, 40 years on. They have been a driving force because they offer and deliver exceptional customer service. It’s not always about offering the right brands at the right price, our team are committed to continuing our traditional values & visions and I am looking forward to bringing the business along to the next big milestone.” says Fiona. “We have had a long association with our local community, one of them being The Finn Harps Soccer Club and we encouraged soccer players in the League of Ireland for a number of years, by sponsoring a “league of Ireland’s top goal score”, which was an incentive for players from across Ireland’s clubs to score, we presented the winner each year with a cash prize! I wanted to make sure I gave the players an incentive to encourage them to score plenty of goals”. commented Joe.Ulster Tyres has storage capacity of over 60,000 square feet. They offer a substantial array of products to both trade and retail customers throughout Ireland and locally. The company & their team are highly respected as a single source point of information within the industry and are now the longest established tyre wholesaler in Ireland. They have over 200,000 tyres in stock at any one time.“From constantly introducing innovative business practices our core values from integrity, respect, accountability, open and honest communication, leadership and innovation have stood to our Ulster Tyres brand & name” concludes Fiona. Ulster Tyres celebrates 40 years in business! was last modified: January 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:40 yearsBallybofeyBrighid McGinleyJoe McGinleyULSTER TYRESlast_img read more

Man City are favourites on Sunday, but Chelsea look strong

first_imgThe Community Shield is the weekend football highlight – although the beginning of the new domestic season has been overshadowed by a quite magnificent Olympic Games.Over the next three weeks I’ll look at each of the three local teams’ chances for the forthcoming season as well as previewing that weekend’s fixtures. I’ll start with Chelsea.The Champions League and FA Cup holders are 11/5 outsiders to win the Wembley curtain-raiser in 90 minutes, with Premier League winners Manchester City the 13/10 favourites with the draw at 12/5.It promises to be an intriguing match and one which will give us an insight into how manager Roberto Di Matteo sees his starting XI for next weekend’s trip to Wigan. I think the 11/5 is too big for Chelsea despite their surprise 3-1 reverse at Brighton last weekend.Chelses boss Di Matteo has every reason to be optimistic.The Blues are 9/2 to wrestle back the title with Manchester United 13/5 and City even-money to win it again.Correct me if I am wrong but they only nicked the title in extra time against 10-man QPR, who knew they were safe. Some of the odds suggest they won at a canter.We have any number of Blues specials at BetVictor and a few that caught my eye included:Top London club: 8/13 (certainties)Season match bets (handicap):Chelsea – 4.5 points v Arsenal EvensChelsea +3.5 points v United 4/5Chelsea + 6.5 points v City 4/5Chelsea – 9.5 points v Spurs EvensWe have a season-long handicap on the Premier League, offering 15/1 for every club with Manchester City scratch and the rest having a handicap:Thus PL Handicap 2012/13; EW ¼ First 4 and ALL Clubs at 15/1; handicaps include:Man City ScratchUnited +3Chelsea +6Arsenal +10Spurs +15Liverpool +16Fulham +33QPR +37Other Blues specials:To go through the 2012/13 league season undefeated: 250/1To be undefeated in the league at Stamford Bridge: 20/1To be undefeated away from home in the league: 66/1What will Chelsea win? Markets include:No trophies: 1/2Any major trophy: 6/4Premier League and FA Cup: 25/1Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup: 250/1Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup: 750/1Top Chelsea Premier League goalscorer:Torres: 6/4Sturridge: 4/1Hazard: 6/1Lampard: 8/1Oscar: 10/116s bar.Chelsea have three league fixtures during the month of September; QPR (A), Stoke (H) and Arsenal (A) and we are asking how many points and wins will they pick up in the month?League wins in September?Under two: 5/4Two: 11/10Three: 9/2Points in September?Under six: 6/5Six or seven: 23/20Over seven: 9/2For all your weekend odds check out week, as well as previewing the opening day, we will look at the season-long prospects for Fulham as we see them at BetVictor.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Build Like This

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img In 2008, when my business partner and I decided to form a design/build firm, we agreed to build to the highest standard of sustainability and to do so cost-effectively. With all our projects, we hoped to achieve a synergy between designing for human comfort, building in response to the site, and achieving long-term durability. We quickly agreed that the Passive House standard, which was just being introduced to the United States, would be the most comprehensive and clear measure of our success. To demonstrate that we had the ability to reach the standard, we built our first prototype, a house we called the GO Home. To reach the Passive House standard in Maine’s cold climate, we developed a new way to design and build homes collaboratively. The GO Home, completed in 2009, was Passive House certified, achieved LEED platinum, and was named the U.S. Green Building Council’s residential project of the year.Since building the GO Home, we’ve refined our design-and-build approach in completing several other high-performance projects. This house in Bath, Maine, is based on one of our design-plan packages that delivers (depending on the site) a house that could meet the Passive House standard, that’s comfortable and attractive, and that has a modest base cost—roughly $160 per sq. ft. Here is how we achieve such grand results on such a low budget. Design it to be compact Wendy and Bill came to us because they were interested in building the smallest and most sustainable home they could for their retirement. Of the plans we offer, they chose to work with our 1000-sq.-ft plan, which includes one bedroom; two bathrooms; an open kitchen, dining, and living space; and a small study.The shape of the house was influenced by… last_img read more

Beggars, Lamanis, spoiling Goan culture: Minister

first_imgPanaji: The Goa Tourism Minister, Manohar Ajgaonkar, wants to oust beggars and Lamanis (members of a nomadic tribe), from the beaches of the State as he believes they are spoiling Goa’s culture.Earlier this week, the Minister, who belongs to regional outfit Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), stirred a controversy when he said that Lamanis and beggars will be banned from the State as they don’t fit in its culture and Goenkarponn (Goanness or Goan identity).The Lamanis, known for their colourful attire, hail from Karnataka. They are usually seen selling balloons, trinkets, and handmade clothes on beaches.Protecting Goanness“Goa, Goans and Goenkarponn” was the key focus of development of Vijay Sardesai-led Goa Forward Party when it joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government post-Assembly election. Ever since then, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and his Ministers have been talking about the need to protect Goanness.Mr. Ajgaonkar, while speaking to reporters on Monday, had said that his Ministry would take action against the Lamanis who are involved in illegal businesses. “Outsiders, who can uphold Goenkarponn should be allowed to stay, the rest should be chased away. These Lamanis should be stopped [from coming to the State]. A wrong message is sent because of them and the reputation of Goans is spoilt.”He also defined Goenkarponn with an example of “a drunk Goan,” who, according to Mr. Ajgaonkar, never misbehaves. “A drunk Goan will never make a scene on the street. You would not even know that he is drunk. That is Goan culture and Goenkarponn.” Tourism squadsTwo days after this press conference, the Minister proposed reviving Tourism Squads, which were defunct till now, as part of his mission to crackdown on illegal activities along the State’s coast. The squads comprise tourism officials and Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) personnel. They will be tasked with sharing information on drug peddling and prostitution rackets to the Goa Police. Mr. Ajgaonkar has also said that the drug trade is flourishing in the State because the police were tacitly sympathetic to the activity. “Our officers know how the drugs are coming in [the State]. I will tell the CM that wherever drugs are found, the concerned officer of the area should be suspended.”The Minister said, “If the beggars, Lamanis, and hawkers carry out their business within legal parameters, and maintain the culture of the State, nobody will stop them [from doing their business on beaches].” The Tourism Department is also considering to issue ID-cards to beach shack employees to prevent Lamanis and hawkers from impersonating as shack staff during raids.North Goa Superintendent of Police Karthik Kashyap told The Hindu on Friday that the State police has never targeted people who do their work legally. He said the Goa Tourism Trade Act provides for ban on selling wares, like balloons, on beaches.last_img read more

Punjab govt. approves new sand, gravel mining policy

first_imgThe Punjab government on Wednesday approved policy changes to enable the government to grant contracts by auction of mining blocks in strategically established clusters through progressive bidding instead of the earlier process of auction by individual mines.The move is aimed at increasing the royalty receipt of the State exchequer, provide adequate supply at fair price to the consumer, and curb illegal mining.An official statement said it was also decided that the department of Mining would launch an online Punjab Sand Portal for sale of sand to all consumers, small or medium. “All transactions-payments will be captured through online real-time monitoring system. The sale of sand would be controlled by electronic documentation linked to central documentation, with modern facility, and the daily progress report would be uploaded on the portal,” added the statement.Notably, during 2017-18, four e-auctions of minor mineral mines were held. Due to speculative bidding in these auctions, it resulted in a significant number of mines being auctioned at very high prices. However, many of the contractors failed to operationalise these mines, which led to dearth of supply of sand and gravel, causing the market price of these commodities to remain high.Surrender of licencesThe Cabinet also approved a policy to allow promoters to surrender the licences in case they are unable to develop colonies or complete development works in colonies.“The policy was necessitated in view of the difficulties faced by such promoters,” said the statement, adding that these promoters will now be able surrender the licences issued to them under the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995, subject to certain conditions.The Cabinet also gave its nod for an ordinance to amend Schedule 1-A of Indian Stamp Act, 1899, to enable increase in the stamp duty rates. It also decided to amend the industrial and business development policy of 2017 to give investment incentive by way of net SGST on intra-State sale.last_img read more