School secretaries protest at Minister McHugh’s office in Letterkenny

first_imgSchool secretaries from all over the northwest staged a rally at the office of Education Minister Joe McHugh TD in Letterkenny on today (Sat). The rally took place as union FÛrsa prepare to reveal the result of a nationwide ballot for industrial action in its campaign for fair pay and working conditions for school secretaries.The ballot outcome will be announced on Monday, September 9th. The union balloted its members over the summer after education department officials refused to discuss proposals to overcome a two-tier pay system that leaves most earning just Ä12,500 a year, with irregular, short-term contracts that force them to sign on during the summer holidays and other school breaks.FÛrsa has mounted a campaign for pay justice for school secretaries, most of whom are very poorly paid and have irregular, short-term contracts.This, according to FÛrsa, is because of antiquated and discriminatory employment status, foisted upon school secretaries in 1978, which gives a minority directly-employed public service status, while the majority are employed by school management boards, which determine their pay and conditions. A number of speakers addressed the protest including FÛrsa President Ann Mc Gee. Minister Mc Hugh’s office was closed and the Minister, who was understood to be at another event in Letterkenny, didn’t meet with the protestors.Seeking equal pay and rights at the protest in support of school secretaries outside Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Ten years old Orla Hedigan supporting her mum at the Forsa protest in support of schoolm secretaries outside Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday. (Photos by Eoin Mc Garvey)Supporting school secretaries at the Forsa protest outside Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Councillor John O’Donnell, Kathleen Doherty, Anne Mc Gee, Forsa President and Barry Cunninghan, Forsa outside Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday in support of school secretaries.Forsa President Ann Mc Gee addressing the protest in support of school secretaries outside Education Minister Joe Mv Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Protestors outside Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Barry Cunningham from Forsa addressing the protest supporting school secretaries outside Education Minister Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Lynne O’Doherty and Jack Mc Monagle supporting the Forsa protest outside Education Minister Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Kathleen Doherty addressing the Forsa protest supporting school secretaries outside Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Protestors supporting school secretaries pictured outside the office of Minister for Education, Joe Mc Hugh TD in Letterkenny on Saturday.Representatives from Forsa, public representatives, school secretaries and their families pictured at the Forsa protest outside Minister for Education, Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Ann Mc Gee, Forsa President with Councillors Donal Coyle, Michael Mc Bride and John O’Donnell at the Forsa protest supporting school secretaries outside Minister or Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Pat O’Donnell, Glenties supporting his wife, a school secretary, at the protest by the Forsa union outside Minister Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Protesting in support of school secretaries outside Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.School secretaries protest at Minister McHugh’s office in Letterkenny was last modified: September 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Bombers bring intensity, grab 7-5 series-tying win over Redding Colt 45s

first_imgEUREKA >> Humboldt B-52s head coach Scott St. John said wanted to see some fire and intensity from his players in the second of the three-game series against the Redding Colt 45s, and well, he got it.The Bombers came out on top with a 7-5 hard fought victory over Redding Saturday, putting them at 7-4 overall as they look to take the series from the Colt 45s today at 11:30 a.m.“My guys listened to what I said (Friday),” St. John said. “They actually heard what I was saying and brought the …last_img read more

Pair of first-half goals propel Eureka boys soccer past McKinleyville

first_imgEureka >> The ability to apply the pressure and adjust to pressure is what did it for the Eureka boys soccer team. The Loggers scored a pair of first-half goals to claim a 2-0 win over the McKinleyville Panthers at Albee Stadium on Saturday evening to move within two games of first-place Fortuna in the standings.A strong first-half performance saw the Loggers 3-2 H-DN, 5-4 overall) maintain a slight control of the ball in the defensive third of the Panthers (2-3 H-DN, 3-4 overall). “Our …last_img read more

African infrastructure invite for BRICS

first_img20 August 2013South Africa President Jacob Zuma has invited businesses from the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries to partner with Africa in its drive to develop the continent’s infrastructure.Addressing the first meeting of the BRICS Business Council in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Zuma noted that South Africa, as part of its push for increased regional integration and cross-border trade within Africa, was a strong promoter of both private and public sector investments on the continent.“Over the last few years, the South African Reserve Bank approved nearly 1 000 large investments into 36 African countries.”Intra-African trade levels were still far below their potential, Zuma said, owing in large part to under-developed production structures and inadequate infrastructure – a major theme of the meeting between BRICS and African leaders at the 5th BRICS summit in Durban in March/April.African infrastructure initiative“In my capacity as the champion of the AU’s [African Union’s] Presidential Infrastructure Initiative, I warmly invite you to collaborate with us in realising the delivery of infrastructure on the continent,” Zuma told the gathering of business leaders.“We specifically champion the North-South corridor with its particular emphasis on road and rail infrastructure, initially from Durban to Dar es Salaam and ultimately from the Cape to Cairo.”Zuma noted that South African state corporations, including electricity utility Eskom and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, were already intensifying, or preparing to intensify, their investments in African infrastructure projects, particularly in electricity supply and road infrastructure.The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) had invested a total of R6.2-billion in 41 projects across 17 African countries in 2012, the bulk of these being in mining, industrial infrastructure, agro-processing and tourism.Within South Africa, Zuma said, the government was on course to spend in excess of R4-trillion on infrastructure over the coming years, focusing on rail, roads, energy, water, sanitation and communication.“There is a lot of scope indeed for mutually beneficial partnerships within the BRICS community which will create much-needed infrastructure in Africa,” Zuma said, adding that Africa’s success story augured well for the BRICS-Africa relationship.African free trade areaThe rate of return on foreign investment in Africa was already higher than in any other region in the world, Zuma said, and the continent’s potential – given its mineral wealth, agricultural resources, young population and growing middle class – was enormous.In addition, the East African Community (EAC), Common Market for Eastern and Central Africa (Comesa) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) were working on creating free trade area that would join the markets of 26 countries with a combined population of nearly 600-million people and a GDP of US$1-trillion.This, Zuma said, “will form the basis for an Africa-wide free trade area, which could create a single market of 2.6-trillion US dollars.”Zuma noted that a key outcome of the BRICS summit in Durban had been the agreement to establish a BRICS development bank to help finance infrastructure development in the BRICS and other developing countries.“BRICS leaders plan to meet again on the margins of the G20 Summit in Russia next month and we will consider the progress report from our finance ministers in this regard,” Zuma said, adding: “I trust that this meeting will provide further impetus to the BRICS-led new development bank.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

African courage, European victories in Brazil

first_img1 July 2014Africa’s challenge at the 2014 Fifa World Cup was brought to an end in the round of 16 after Nigeria and Algeria bowed out of contention on Monday. Despite the losses, there were positives to take out of two battling performances.Nigeria, the African champions, were the first to fall, beaten 2-0 by France at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia.The contest was level at the break, but the French found two late goals to advance to the quarterfinals.GoalPaul Pogba put them in front in the 79th minute after Victor Enyeama, who had kept 21 clean sheets for Lille in France’s Ligue 1 in the past season, made a mess of dealing with a corner, which allowed the Juventus midfielder the chance to head his team into the lead.The tie was decided two minutes into additional time when Joseph Yobo netted an own goal.‘We didn’t deserve to lose’“Every defeat is painful, especially when the players follow their instructions and play well, as they did against France. We didn’t deserve to lose, but that’s football and we have to accept it,” Nigeria’s coach Stephen Keshi said after the contest.“We have to keep going forward and move on to something else now. There’s no point looking for guilty parties. The team plays, wins or loses together.“I’d like to thank the Brazilian public for their support during all of our games. I couldn’t have hoped for more from them.”France’s coach Didier Deschamp commented: “Nigeria played a very physical game and had a real presence across the pitch. It was a challenge to go up against that, but we managed it.”Pushed all the wayAlgeria pushed Germany all the way at the Estadio Beira-Rio, but in the end the European powerhouse continued with its remarkable record of having reached the quarterfinals of every World Cup since 1938. They needed extra time to advance, however.Coach Joachim Low’s side pushed hard for victory over the North Africans, but goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi continually stonewalled them. Two minutes into extra time, though, Andre Schuerrle finally found a way past the goalie.Extra time opening goalLaunching a swift counter-attack, the Germans attacked down the left, with Lukas Podolski sending in a low cross for Schuerrle, who cleverly redirected the ball, passed a little behind him, into the Algerian net.In the second last minute, Germany opened up the Algerian defence again. Mesut Ozil set up Schuerrle for another shot on goal, but when it was stopped on the goalline it came out to Ozil and he made no mistake, blasting it into the African team’s goal, despite the efforts of two defenders to cover behind Mbolhi.Almost immediately, Algeria hit back with a superb flowing move which was expertly finished by Abdelmoumene Djabou with a one-time shot from the left post after the ball had been curled in from the right.‘We’re very disappointed’After the match, Algerian goalkeeper Mbolhi, who was named man of the match, said: “We played against a very strong Germany team and conceded two goals late on. We’re very disappointed because we felt we had a chance. Fitness wasn’t the decisive factor.Taking something positive out of the clash, he added: “We’re part of Algeria’s footballing history because we’re the first team to have come this far and we can build on this for the future. We owe it to our coach that we made it into the Round of 16. We’d like to thank him for everything he’s done for and with the team.”Low’s thoughtsGermany’s coach Joachim Low admitted his team had been pushed all the way before clinching victory. “You need to catch your breath after a game like that, and at the end it was sheer force of will that got us the win,” he said.“We didn’t get into our rhythm in the first half and lost a lot of balls, but we were the better team after the break and in extra time.”France and Germany will next meet in the quarterfinals at the Estadio do Maracana on Rio de Janeiro on Friday.last_img read more

Tax planning in an unusual year — Prevented planting indemnity payments, Market Facilitation payments and cost-share payments

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management & Director, Ohio State University Income Tax SchoolsWith unprecedented amounts of prevented planting insurance claims this year in Ohio and other parts of the Midwest, many producers will be considering different tax management strategies in dealing with this unusual income stream. In a normal year, producers have flexibility in how they generate and report income. In a year such as this when they will have a large amount of income from insurance indemnity payments the flexibility is greatly reduced. In a normal year a producer may sell a part of grain produced in the year of production and store the remainder until the following year to potentially take advantage of higher prices and/or stronger basis. For example, a producer harvests 200,000 bushels of corn in 2019, sells 100,000 bushels this year and the remainder in 2020. As most producers use the cash method of accounting and file taxes as a cash based filer, the production sold in the following year is reported as income in that year and not in the year of production. This allows for flexibility when dealing with the ups and downs of farm revenue.Generally, crop insurance proceeds should be included in gross income in the year the payments are received, however Internal Revenue Code Section (IRC §) 451(f) provides a special provision that allows insurance proceeds to be deferred if they are received as a result of “destruction or damage to crops.”As prevented planting insurance proceeds qualify under this definition, they can qualify for a one year deferral for inclusion in taxable income. These proceeds can qualify if the producer meets the following criteria:Taxpayer uses the cash method of accounting.Taxpayer receives the crop insurance proceeds in the same tax year the crops are damaged.Taxpayer shows that under their normal business practice they would have included income from the damaged crops in any tax year following the year the damage occurred.The third criteria is the sometimes the problem. Most can meet the criteria, although if producers want reasonable audit protection, they should have records showing the normal practice of deferring sales of grain produced and harvested in year 1 subsequently stored and sold in the following year. To safely “show that under their normal business practice they would have included income from the damaged crops in any tax year following the year the damage occurred” the taxpayer should follow IRS Revenue Ruling 75-145 that requires that he or she would have reported more than 50% of the income from the damaged or destroyed crops in the year following the loss. A reasonable interpretation in meeting the 50% test is that a farmer may aggregate the historical sales for crops receiving insurance proceeds but tax practitioners differ on the interpretation of how this test may be met.One big problem with these crop insurance proceeds is that a producer can’t divide it between years. It is either claimed in the year the damage occurred and the crop insurance proceeds were received or it is all deferred until the following year. The election to defer recognition of crop insurance proceeds that qualify is an all or nothing election for each trade or business IRS Revenue Ruling 74-145, 1971-1.Tax planning options for producers depend a great deal on past income and future income prospects. Producers that have lower taxable income in the last 3 years (or tax brackets that weren’t completely filled) may want to consider claiming the prevented planting insurance proceeds this year and using Income Averaging to spread some of this year’s income into the prior 3 years. Producers that have had high income in the past 3 years and will experience high net income in 2019 may consider deferring these insurance proceeds to 2020 if they feel that this year may have lower farm net income. Market Facilitation PaymentsWhen the next round(s) of Market Facilitation Payments (MFPs) are issued, they will be treated the same as the previous rounds for income tax purposes. These payments must be taken as taxable income in the year they are received. As these payments are intended to replace income due to low prices stemming from trade disputes, these payments should be included in gross income in the year received. As these payments constitute earnings from the farmers’ trade or business they are subject to federal income tax and self-employment tax. Producers will almost certainly not have the option to defer these taxes until next year. Some producers waited until early 2019 to report production from 2018 and therefore will report this income from the first round of Market Facilitation Payments as taxable income in 2019.Producers will likely not have the option of delaying their reporting and subsequent MFP payments due to the fact they are contingent upon planted acreage reporting of eligible crops and not yield reporting as the first round of MFP payments were. Cost share paymentsIncreased prevented planting acres this year have many producers considering cover crops to better manage weeds and erosion and possibly qualify for a reduced MFP. There is also the possibility that producers will be eligible for cost-share payments via the Natural Resources Conservation Service for planting cover crops. Producers should be aware that these cost-share payments will be included on Form 1099-G that they will receive and the cost-share payments will need to be included as income.You are advised to consult a tax professional for clarification of these issues as they relate to your circumstances.last_img read more

XBRL: Financial Content Management Language

first_imgOver the last week Jon Udell of InfoWorld has had a podcast and a number of blog entries about XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language). Since 2000, many have expected to see a revolution in the accounting and financial industry because of XBRL.  It just didn’t happen though because industry acceptance was lacking.  But that seems to be changing.  In October 2005, the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Federal Reserve Board launched an XBRL project that mandates banks to submit quarterly reports in XBRL format.  8300 banks are now participating.  The SEC is also moving towards standardizing XBRL as the language for exchange and reporting of financial information.  EDGAR Online is providing company financial statements in XBRL format.  And XBRL is gaining ground in Europe too.XBRL as a standard exchange format will revolutionize the way financial data can be communicated, often shaving days or even months off of existing processes.   Company financial records can be consolidated.  Manual re-entry or data transformations will be eliminated.  XBRL will further commoditize/standarize datasets operated on by accounting software and ERP packages.Further, XBRL will form the foundation for software tools and applications that will help corporations provide the greater transparency that compliance regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley have been demanding.  Financial comparative analyses of companies can be run at the push of a button. This will be a huge plus for securities analysts and investors.Technologies like XBRL and ECM (Enterprise Content Management) document and records management are key towards giving companies and their auditors greater control in finding corporate information.last_img read more

Blackmagic Updates Firmware, Then Immediately Takes it Down

first_imgA new Blackmagic update featured RAW 4K video and improved audio, but was quickly taken offline.[UPDATE: Blackmagic has officially released firmware update 1.8 as of June 24, 2014. It’s the exactly the same as the “beta” mentioned in this article.]For many professionals the relationship with Blackmagic cameras is complicated. They have incredible specs but for some reason the firmware is not up to par. Simple problems like a clunky user interface and the ‘black sun’ problem have plagued all 4 current Blackmagic camera models, causing many people to purchase from other camera manufacturers instead.Blackmagic has known about these problems for some time, but addressing these issues has taken longer than filmmakers had hoped. However, a new update to the Blackmagic camera line surfaced today, then miraculously unsurfaced (in what can only be described as a beautiful mistake).Courtesy of ponysmasher The Blackmagic firmware 1.8 update was accidentally posted on their website earlier today and then taken down soon after, but not before it was downloaded by a few lucky filmmakers.Terry Frechette of Blackmagic Design addressed the unofficial update earlier today [via NoFilmSchool] :There was a false download sent around (no idea who started it). This is not a software release we have approved. We don’t support it and it should not be installed on cameras.So there’s a chance that it has a few bugs in it. However,  it does seem to come with some cool new features for all 4 cameras. Like…Blackmagic Production Camera 4KUpdated user interfaceLossy compressed RAW DNG recording supportAddresses an issue where pixel artifacts are seen in edges with strong highlights while shooting in 1080 modeAdds autofocus support for compatible EF lensesBlackmagic Cinema CameraUpdated user interfaceAdds autofocus support for compatible EF lensesImproved debayering when shooting to ProRes or DNxHDImproved focus peaking displayImproved ISO handling when shooting at ISO 1600Improved general audio performanceIris setting is retained when switching between camera recording and clip playbackBlackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraUpdated user interfaceImproved performance when recording using internal microphonesImproved instances where a grid-like pattern may occur in some flare highlightsGeneral improvements in autofocus with active MFT lensesAdds supports for stabilization in MFT lenses without physical O.I.S switchesImproved support for Sigma MFT lensesImproved support for Lumix 12-42mm PZ lensImproved support for Olympus 60mm f/2.8 MFT lensIris setting is retained when switching between camera recording and clip playbackBlackmagic Studio CameraImproved phantom power compatibilityAddresses an issue with interlace video being output as progressive videoWhile this update is unofficial, it does give up a pretty good glimpse into what the next update is going to look like. Most notably the ability to shoot RAW 4K footage. This should make it a very interesting competitor to popular cameras on the market including the GH4. Improved audio features should make it much better for syncing up dual system audio in post.Focus peaking is now green, courtesy of ponysmasherAgain, this update is not official and could cause major damage to your camera. But if you are still interested in trying it out you can probably find it online. We anticipate the official download of this update to be released very soon. We’ll let you know when the new update officially hits on the PremiumBeat blog and Twitter. Links:Blackmagic Design Updates Its Cameras’ Firmware – Download Version 1.8  – SoftpediaBlackmagic 4K Camera Gets RAW, But Firmware Update is Taken Offline – NoFilmSchoolAny more features that you think Blackmagic should add before it officially goes live? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Noida village vows to end tobacco use

first_imgTobacco will soon be a thing of the past in the land of wrestlers. In a first, the mahapanchayat in Noida’s Sarfabad village has vowed to eliminate tobacco and its products in a bid to secure a healthier future for its youth.The panchayat has asked the village residents to abstain from selling or using tobacco. Such products would be a strict no-no for the younger generation henceforth.Initiated by the wrestlers-dominated community of the village, the move is aimed at urging the state government to impose a blanket ban on the use of tobacco products. The plan will act as a pilot project and subsequently spread to other rural pockets of the district.The panchayat has given its final word on the social menace and anybody found violating the same will have to pay dearly.Shopkeepers of Sarfabad village set fire to their tobacco products to show their support.Over 20 shopkeepers in the village brought their tobacco products and destroyed them in a bonfire to express support for the move.According to Sukhbir Pehelwan, a wrestling coach and organiser, the panchayat has completely banned tobacco and its use in the village.”Anybody found selling tobacco or its products would have to shell out Rs 1,000 as fine. Whoever is found chewing tobacco will be fined Rs 500. And we have decided to reward any person who informs us about anyone selling or using tobacco with Rs 100. The fines will be realised by the panchayat itself,” Pehelwan said.”If other states such as Haryana and Gujarat can ban it, why can’t Uttar Pradesh? A health recent ministry report has disclosed rising number of cancers in the country are caused by tobacco use. It has not only become a health hazard but a social evil. We aim to eliminate it completely,” he said.advertisementThe members of the panchayat would, on Monday morning, hand over a memorandum to district magistrate MKS Sundaram, addressed to the state government urging it to impose the ban at the earliest.”We have thought to make Sarfabad a model village in eradicating the use of tobacco in the state. We would soon begin awareness programmes in other villages too. We have given time to the government till August 30. If it does not do anything about it, we would turn this campaign into a movement,” Subodh Yadav, an international wrestler and 2011 Asiad gold-medalist said.Five villages in Noida – Sarfabad, Sorkha, Garhi Chowkhandi and Behlolpur have practised wrestling as a traditional sport and have produced numerous state, national and international players. Sarfabad, with a population of around 10,000, has over 150 professional wrestlers, practising the sport at various forums. Of them, three have wrestled on the international level while around 50 have participated in national events.Though the panchayat has started the campaign against tobacco, it would soon add alcohol to the list to prevent the younger generation of the village from falling prey to wrong practices which can only harm their health, a panchayat member said.last_img read more