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‘Tips should go to workers and workers alone’ – Mac Lochlainn slams votes against Bill

first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has criticised Fine Gael for their “shameful” decision to again vote against his party’s Protection of Employee Tips Bill. The Bill seeks to give workers a legal right to the tips that they earn and also require employers to display their tipping policy to ensure transparency for customers and staff.By voting against it, Senator MacLochlainn accused Fine Gael of “attempting to deny workers a legal right to the tips that they earn.” Speaking following the passing of the Dáil vote, Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “Fine Gael are the only party who have voted against this Bill however, not content on simply opposing the Bill they now intend on going a step further in seeking to block the Bill from moving ahead through the imposition of a Money Message.“This is a typical tactic used by Fine Gael to block opposition legislation from moving through the legislative process. The only message this sends out to workers in this State is that Fine Gael do not believe that they have any right to the tips that they earn.“Tips should go to workers and workers alone. This is the view of the majority of the Seanad and the Dáil and I believe the view of the public in general.“Sinn Féin will continue working with the trade union movement and others in progressing this Bill. Workers deserve nothing less.” Speaking in the Dáil on Tuesday, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said she was opposing the Bill because it is “fundamentally flawed.”Minister Doherty expressed concerns that the Bill would result in tips being taxed under the PAYE system, resulting in lower take-home pay for workers. She also said the Bill would have negative implications for on workers’ entitlements to social welfare supports.Instead, Minister Doherty said that she intends to amend the Payment of Wages Act 1991 to ensure tips and gratuities cannot be used to make up a person’s wages and to force employers to display their policy on how tips, gratuities and service charges are distributed.‘Tips should go to workers and workers alone’ – Mac Lochlainn slams votes against Bill was last modified: June 21st, 2019 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:Tipslast_img read more

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Giants fan Kamala Harris wears Dodgers cap in Dem debate prep

first_imgWe live in divided times.Americans from New York City to California demonize those they see on the opposite side of an argument, shouting each other down on social media and in the real world.The rift between Giants and Dodgers fans may be too tough for even the most aisle-reaching of politicians, but it appears Kamala Harris is trying her hand.The Bay-raised Democratic presidential candidate — a self-proclaimed Giants fan — donned a Dodgers cap during debate preparation Wednesday afternoon, …last_img

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Finding weather trends

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn continues to trade in a 20-cent range. Weather conditions appear favorable for early planting, which makes above trend-line yields possible. While some in the market estimate there is enough weather premium in Dec futures at $3.75, many think above average yields will bring $3 corn or lower.  Many farmers are hoping for a 50-cent weather driven rally to catch up on sales.  Both sides are keeping corn “stranded” in a narrow trading range.Beans recovered nicely on Friday to stay in the current 60-cent trading range they had been in. Fundamentally the bean story isn’t bullish. There may be a $1+ per bushel weather premium factored in due to La Nina potential in August. Farmers will likely continue holding beans because many are underwater at these levels.  Beans could continue to trade sideways temporarily.A longtime friend of this weekly newsletter sent me an article about a possible correlation of Great Lakes ice coverage and the national corn yield.  While the story was interesting, I’ll just say…I wish it was only that easy.  It seems I read something every day that counters a “weather prediction” from the previous day. Last year people in the eastern corn belt were trying to correlate why corn should be $5.  When it hit $3.50 many farmers were devastated and unprepared.Bottom line — weather is impossible to predict. But on top of that, even when we compare similar “weather-type” years, there are too many variables affecting the market to use the information effectively.  For instance, while the weather was maybe similar in 1983, 1988, 2010, 2011, or 2012, other market situations were still vastly different. Funds are more active now than in the 80s. Farmers debt to asset ratios are different as well as Government and Insurance protection programs. Even seed technology is completely different between 2016 and that of five years ago, let alone the 80s and 90s.I’m not suggesting we disregard weather predictions and historical trends, but it’s important to keep them in perspective. I read recently that using historical weather predictions tend to be correct two out of three times (or 66% of the time).  Are you prepared to place a $50,000 bet on those odds?  Let me give you an example.  Say corn rallies to $4.  If the average 100,000 bushel farmer waits, hoping for $4.50, but ultimately has to sell for $3.50, that farmer gambled away $50,000.There is substantial risk in these markets and there will continue to be until at least July. Take all the weather predictions with a grain of salt and try to develop a long term grain marketing strategy that takes into consideration multiple weather scenarios, rather than hoping it will rain and betting all your grain on it.  If you make plans now with a flexible strategy, weather conditions will have less of an effect on your bottom line in the end.last_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – April 18th, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Topsoil and subsoil moisture declined this week due to less precipitation and warmer temperatures over the weekend, though field work was still limited by soggy fields. There were 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 17th. Oat planting progressed behind the 5-year average,but ahead of 2015. Corn planting remains at zero percent planted. Winter wheat maturity is ahead of schedule, and the crop continues to look great. Some damage to fruit trees is anticipated due to the recent drop in temperatures, but the extent is unknown at this time. While planting was very limited this week, growers continued prep work for the season.View the full report herelast_img

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Farmer-led movement for soil health receives $4 million boost

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A revolutionary effort to support on-farm conservation has added a new partner representing major agricultural companies, food companies and environmental groups. The new collaboration will accelerate the Soil Health Partnership‘s leadership in helping farmers adopt practices that protect natural resources while potentially increasing profits.At the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, the industry-leading companies and environmental organizations today announced the launch of the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative. Its goal is to support, enhance and accelerate the use of environmentally preferable agricultural practices.The Midwest Row Crop Collaborative’s founding members include Cargill, the Environmental Defense Fund, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Monsanto, PepsiCo, The Nature Conservancy, Walmart and the World Wildlife Fund.  The overall shared goal is to help achieve a 45% nutrient loss reduction by 2035 across the Upper Mississippi River Basin – chiefly nitrogen and phosphorus.As part of this effort, the Collaborative has committed to raise $4 million over five years to augment the Soil Health Partnership, a farmer-led initiative of the National Corn Growers Association established in 2014.With more than 65 farm sites already enrolled in nine Midwestern states, the new funding commitment recognizes SHP as the leader in field-scale testing and measuring of management practices that improve soil health. These practices include:Growing cover crops to prevent erosion and nutrient losses,Implementing conservation tillage like no-till or strip-till, andUsing advanced, science-based nutrient management techniques to reduce nutrient loss.“Through healthy soil, farmers can play a major role protecting water quality and the environment-while also optimizing their crop yields and economic returns,” said Nick Goeser, director of the SHP. “We’re honored to welcome the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative to our program. Their support will amplify our research and communications efforts in helping farmers find practices that work best for them.”The new alliance will help SHP achieve the goal of enrolling 100 farms a full two years earlier than planned. It also underscores SHP’s key milestones and early vision, a vision advanced by initial and continuing funding from Monsanto, Walton Family Foundation, NCGA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These early supporters helped form SHP’s operating and data collection structure, while recognizing common goals.“As a farmer, I am committed to soil health because I know we have to constantly improve how we care for our land and how we farm it,” said Roger Zylstra, a farmer in Lynnville, Iowa enrolled in the SHP. “This funding commitment is significant to me because now we have more support from the large food and ag companies as well as environmental groups pushing for change. They’re showing us we don’t have to do it alone.”last_img read more

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Electronic Arts Continues To Weather More Storms

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout The hits just keep on coming for beleaguered Electronic Arts this month. After the meltdown of their SimCity launch, the company is now dealing with the resignation of their CEO and the announcement of a new security exploit that could harm users of EA’s Origin distribution platform.CEO John Riccitiello announced the end of his six years at the helm of EA yesterday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The resignation goes into effect on March 30.In his farewell letter to EA employees, Riccitiello cited the shortcomings in EA’s financial results as the primary reason for his departure.“It currently looks like we will come in at the low end of, or slightly below, the financial guidance we issued to the Street, and we have fallen short of the internal operating plan we set one year ago. And for that, I am 100 percent accountable,” Riccitiello wrote.Given the technical troubles the company has faced of late with the aforementioned release of SimCity, speculation will no doubt occupy industry analysts’ minds about the connection between the events. While it is doubtful SimCity’s problems were directly responsible for Riccitiello’s departure, it could have very well been the indirect straw that broke the camel’s back.Meanwhile, at the Black Hat security conference in Amsterdam last week, researchers Donato Ferrante and Luigi Auriemma from security firm ReVuln demonstrated a zero-day exploit that could affect users of Origin, enabling malicious code from third-party servers to be downloaded onto a user’s machine rather than the gaming software they were looking for. Related Posts The vulnerability, which is related to a similar problem found with the Steam gaming platform, exploits a Uniform Resource Identifier flaw within the Origin client application that’s installed locally, a flaw that could enable attackers to manipulate an origin:// link that would normally be used to connect to the Origin service. By inserting a modified origin:// link, the exploit could enable the download of a Windows dynamic link library (DLL) file, which could effectively begin the process of owning a victim’s computer.The ReVuln researchers’ report is compelling, but it is important to note that this exploit is only hypothesized at this point, and not something that has been seen in the wild yet. Still, Origin users should be sure they are always prompted for confirmation whenever they click a link that should go to the Origin service, just to be safe. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… brian proffitt 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Electronic Arts last_img read more

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How can BJP-Sena form govt. amid mutual distrust: Chavan

first_imgIt was the responsibility of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena to provide a stable government for the people of Maharashtra, senior Congressman and former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Tuesday. In the event that the BJP-Sena power-sharing talks fail and the Sena approaches the Congress with a proposal on government formation, it would place the matter before the Congress high command and discuss it with its allies, said Mr. Chavan.“These are ifs and buts… in case we do receive such a proposal from the Shiv Sena… To the best of my knowledge, no such proposal has come to us,” said the senior Congressman, speaking to reporters in Karad in Satara.Mr. Chavan said he wondered how the saffron allies could form a government given the mutual distrust between them at the moment. “It appears that there is a major hitch in their government-formation talks. On the one hand, the Sena leadership is talking of a 50:50 power-sharing deal having been settled with [Union Home Minister] Amit Shah. Now, it seems that there is a wide gap between the Sena’s understanding and Chief Minister Fadnavis’ statements that no such secret deal was cut,” he said. “Both parties [Sena and BJP] should hold a press conference to tell the voters of the State what was decided between them in order to end this confusion.”Mr. Chavan had won a stiff three-way fight in the Karad South Assembly segment and defeated his rival, the BJP’s Atul Bhosale, despite high-decibel campaigns by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Karad and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Satara.The Leader of Opposition (LoP) would be elected from the NCP in the event the BJP and the Sena succeeded in forming the government, he said. For the first time in the State’s political history, he said, the Congress will not have an LoP from its own ranks.Mr. Chavan acknowledged that the Congress had fallen short in formulating a clear poll strategy and that it was dogged by leadership crises. Still, he said, people had responded to their campaigns highlighting the BJP’s government’s hollow assurances and severe shortcomings. He also said the Congress-NCP coalition had suffered in at least 25 Assembly segments owing to Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), which queered the pitch for both the opposition parties and again benefited the BJP-Sena alliance.“We were willing to enter into an alliance with the VBA ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Had we fought together, then not only Mr. Ambedkar, but perhaps six to seven VBA leaders would have been returned as MPs,” Mr. Chavan said. refuting the VBA’s allegations that the Congress had not allowed the party to grow.last_img read more

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Age doesn’t matter as De Ocampo still ‘best stretch four’ in PBA at 35

first_imgAt 35-years-old with a lot of mileage, Ranidel de Ocampo may not be the same player he once was, but Meralco head coach Norman Black thinks the veteran forward still has a lot left in his tank.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDe Ocampo, who was traded to the Bolts as the main piece of a three-team deal on Monday, is in his 13th PBA season and will turn 36 in December.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “I don’t really look too much on age. I believe Arwind is 35-years-old an he’s playing one of his best basketball right now,” Black, who shared four titles with de Ocampo at Talk ‘N Text, told INQUIRER.net Tuesday. Pumaren’s double duty for Adamson, GlobalPort up for discussion by PBA Board Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments “We’re not going to ask him to play 40 minutes for us, we just need him to play his role as a floor spacer and post-up.”Black also thinks de Ocampo can still play for “another four years if he wants to.”“I personally feel he’s not the type of player who depends on athletic ability. He is a very intelligent player.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Santos, who has been playing really well for the San Miguel Beermen this season, is actually 36.De Ocampo, who joined Meralco in practice for the first time Monday, was a star during his nine year stay with Talk ‘N Text where he won six championships and two Finals MVP awards.Black is convinced de Ocampo is still one of the best big men in the PBA.“Ranidel is still one of the best, if not the best stretch four in the league today,” he praised.The champion coach added he doesn’t plan on using de Ocampo for an extended period of time on the court. What Black expects from him is to do what he does best: Shoot 3s and post-up.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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College GameDay Officially Headed To Clemson vs. Notre Dame Next Saturday

first_imgCollege GameDay's next stop will be at the Clemson vs. Notre Dame game.College GameDayMuch to the chagrin of Indiana football fans, ESPN’s College GameDay is officially headed to Clemson ahead of the Tigers’ big contest against Notre Dame next Saturday. The Tigers and Irish will be meeting on the gridiron for the first time since 1979.Indiana fans, including ESPN’s Dan Dakich, had been making a push to get GameDay to come ahead of the Hoosiers’ Big Ten affair against Ohio State. Alabama vs. Georgia, one of the biggest SEC games of the year, was likely also considered.See you in a week, @ClemsonFB and @NDFootball. pic.twitter.com/tzHB1H4ilA— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 27, 2015Back in 2013, GameDay was on-hand for two of Clemson’s home games. The Tigers beat Georgia in their opener, but lost to Florida State mid-season.last_img read more

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Ontario to increase mercury disability payments to affected First Nations

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario government says it is moving to ensure people who receive mercury disability payments are properly compensated by retroactively indexing payments to the rate of inflation.The government says more than 200 people in the First Nations communities of Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong receive the payments, which have been frozen since 1985.Mercury contamination has plagued the English-Wabigoon River system since a paper mill in Dryden, Ont., dumped 9,000 kilograms of the toxic substance into the river systems in the 1960s.The contamination closed a thriving commercial fishery and devastated Grassy Narrows’ economy.The government said Friday it remains committed to cleaning up the mercury contamination in the English and Wabigoon Rivers.A health survey earlier this year found the health of people living in the northern Ontario communities was “significantly worse” than other First Nations.“Increasing these disability payments will help change people’s lives for the better,” said Greg Rickford, Ontario’s minister of Indigenous affairs.“These payments have been frozen for over 30 years and that is unacceptable,” Rickford said in a government statement.“This is one small part of the work we are doing to address the longstanding challenges faced by people in Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong.”The release said current beneficiaries will receive retroactive payments if they received benefits prior to March 31, 2018.“The requests from people of both communities receiving these benefits … finally comes to reality,” Wabaseemoong Independent Nations Chief John Paishk was quoted as saying.last_img read more

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