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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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Trainer Allen Aldrich set to return to Humboldt County Fair once again this summer

first_imgFERNDALE >> Growing up in Pleasanton in the 1960s and ‘70s meant you were inevitably around the horse-racing industry.The town wasn’t that big and it seemed half the people in Pleasanton were involved with horses in some capacity. For Allen Aldrich, his initial involvement was indirect, from his time working at the Pleasanton Fairways Golf Course that was located in the infield of the race track.“I worked at the course and was around the horses every day,” recalled Aldrich. “I would be out …last_img

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Frankie Montas adds new pitch in critical spring with A’s

CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceMESA, Ariz. — There’s no better time for Frankie Montas to battle to make the Athletics’ starting rotation.The right-hander was a huge part of the A’s playoff run last year. He compiled a 3.88 ERA in 11 starts and displayed the best command of his career. But perhaps more important than a solid 2018 performance is baseball’s contractual restrictions.Put simply, Montas is out of minor league options. The A’s would …

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Village B&Bs for 2010 visitors

first_img3 January 2008Construction of bed-and-breakfast facilities has begun in the rural hinterland of South Africa’s Limpopo province in preparation for expected visitors during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, as well as to provide rural communities with access to sustainable income through tourism activites.The project, funded through a €1.7-million donation (about R15-million) from Irish Aid, is under way in the Muhlava, Sekgopo and Thabina villages outside Tzaneen in the Mopani district municipality.The site where these accommodation establishments are being constructed is about 30 minutes’ drive from Polokwane, a town which will host some World Cup matches.The project is expected to be completed by December this year.Project Manager Elvis Ntlwane said the project was one of the municipality’s local economic development projects, which seek to improve the livelihood of poor communities through tourism.The project has already created short-term jobs for more than 300 builders and labourers, including women and disabled people.“Cultural exhibition centres will also be built where crafters, dancers and story-tellers can showcase their skills and products,” Ntlwane said, adding that the project aimed to cater for the 2010 World Cup and beyond.Tour guide centres have already been established in the local municipalities of Greater Tzaneen, Greater Letaba, Greater Giyani, Ba-Phalaborwa and Maruleng to promote the district as a tourist destination.The rural district boasts some famous natural and cultural tourist attractions, including the home of South Africa’s most famous “mystic”, Rain Queen Modjadji, outside Modjadjiskloof.The area also has the largest concentration of a single cycad species in the world, while the district’s eastern-most town, Phalaborwa, is one of the busiest entrances to the world-famous Kruger National Park.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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‘Born-frees’ to help build a more prosperous SA

first_img24 May 2014Young South Africans, especially those born in 1994, when the country first attained democracy, are looking forward to contributing to a more prosperous South Africa.The “born-frees”, as they are known, voted for the first time in the country’s general elections a few weeks ago, and are looking forward to taking part in running of the country and contributing to the economy.Tshifhiwa Magadzhe, 20, from Limpopo province, was among the born-frees attending Jacob Zuma’s inauguration for a second term as President of South Africa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday.The second-year information technology student at the Tshwane University of Technology told SAnews that she couldn’t wait to get her diploma and become part of the workforce.Asked what democracy means to her, she simply said it meant more opportunities for the previously disadvantaged and a better life for all. “I have voted so that people’s lives can be changed for the better and so that the country’s economy grows,” Magadzhe said.“Democracy also means equal opportunities for all,” she said, adding that the government needed to create more opportunities for young people to enable them to become part of the system.Twenty-year-old Steven Mason, a second-year administration student from North West province, echoed Magadzhe’s sentiments. “I am glad that our country offers plenty of opportunities for young people. As young people we are given opportunities to be part of the system,” he said.Other young people are looking forward to starting their own businesses and creating job opportunities for the unemployed youth.Jason Wilkins, a third-year business management student, told SAnews that he wass looking forward to starting his own business empire. “Government must take the interests of young people to heart,” he said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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New Study Paints iPhone Owners as Materialistic, Fickle Egomaniacs

first_imgsarah perez Taken on their own, it’s hard to say whether these stats are indicative of anything about iPhone owners specifically, or if they could apply to any group of smartphone-owning mobile users. That’s why the report compares the iPhone and Blackberry owners on each topic. When studied this way, iPhone owners beat Blackberry owners in every category where “winning” is actually the equivalent of being a materialistic, flaky, fickle dolt…well, at least in our opinion. To spin the findings even further in Blackberry’s favor, one of the questions involved asking the mobile users how they “see” themselves. 40% of the iPhone owners claimed they were an “intellectual” while only 36% of Blackberry users said the same. Propped up against the other results, it’s an almost laughable claim.Don’t Buy this HypeClearly, this survey wasn’t meant to be an in-depth examination of the smartphone toting population – in fact, it’s more likely just a publicity stunt to generate talk about Retrevo. Given the questions asked, there were bound to be some “rather interesting” findings, no matter how the respondents answered. And by keeping the sample size to a low number – only 445 individuals – there’s no guarantee that these folks are representative of the population at large in any way. After all, who signs up for online surveys anyway? While the panel of participants was distributed across gender, age, income and location in the U.S., what’s undisclosed is how the questions were asked – was this done scientifically or were they leading questions designed to generate these sorts of results?  We’d bet on the latter. Still, you have to wonder if there isn’t a tiny bit of truth hiding in these numbers somewhere. Could it be that those who buy Apple’s smartphone are a little more wrapped up in mobile life than those whose smartphone purchase probably had more to do with accessing company email in a timely fashion? That may be possible, but that wouldn’t exactly be an incredible reveal if so, now would it? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Apple#Features#NYT#Trends#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Are iPhone users really that bad? We’re not buying it. It’s odd that a consumer electronics shopping site would sponsor a study that paints such a lousy picture of iPhone owners, but that’s exactly what Retrevo.com has done. For whatever reason, the results of their recent report on smartphone owners in the U.S. has returned some unflattering figures about those who own Apple’s ubiquitous handheld, the iPhone, as compared to the more business-minded folks who choose a Blackberry instead. According to this study, iPhone owners are more likely to judge potential partners based on their gadgets and not their college degree, handle breakups via email or text, and yet somehow still think of themselves as “intellectuals” despite the fact that they spend more time than their counterparts texting, watching videos, and visiting adult sites on their phones. Really?If you’re an iPhone owner yourself, you’re probably going to be taken a bit aback by these findings. For example, the study claims that “cool gadgets” make a person three times more attractive to an iPhone owner than a college degree. Meanwhile “old” gadgets are a turnoff to one in three iPhone users. And yet, if that person spends a little too much time with said gadgets, one in four iPhone owners will break up with them. One in three will do it via email or text message.last_img read more

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Cartoonist Crusader Launches Fundraiser for Nikola Tesla Museum

first_imgInventor Nikola Tesla may finally get the recognition he deserves if cartoonist Matthew Inman has his way. In a bid to buy the land on which Tesla’s former Shoreham, New York laboratory sits, the creator of The Oatmeal has launched an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to come up with $850,000 in 45 days.Inman’s efforts seem likely to be successful: in less than 48 hours, the fundraiser has already pulled in more half a million dollars!Welcome to Wardenclyffe The $850K goal is half of the $1.6 million needed to buy the land on which Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory sits. A non-profit is seeking to purchase the land, which still has the old laboratory as well as the foundation for an experimental tower Tesla built to attempt to deliver wireless energy. The State of New York will provide a matching $850,000 grant, if the non-profit can come up with the rest.The money raised in Operation Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum will go towards the land itself… Inman’s launch of the Operation details that there will still need to be money raised to actually put together a museum once the land is purchased. So Inman has also called for corporate sponsorship for the project, such as J.P. Morgan, whose founder supported Tesla during his lifetime; Tesla Motors (obviously); and as atonement for Thomas Edison’s alleged crimes against Tesla, from General Electric – the company Edison founded.“The Internet will love you forever, I promise,” Inman wrote to GE.Big Name DonorsBeyond the strong success of the general fundraising campaign, Inman is getting some of the big-name love he seeks. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk didn’t put company money into the project, but did pledge some of his own cash to the cause. Publisher Tim O’Reilly and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales have also made the call for donations.There is still an “if” here. Another purchaser is interested in buying the land and converting it to retail/commercial use. Inman outlined that his effort could still be outbid.Tesla is a particular cause for Inman, who made the case for “Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived” in his typically cutting style earlier this year. That particular cartoon stirred up some controversy, particularly with its raw criticism of Edison, who got a lot of the credit that Inman and many others feel should have gone to Tesla.“…The only thing Edison truly pioneered was douchebaggery,” Inman’s stated in the comic. Inman’s Earlier Tesla Dust-UpInman’s passion on the topic of Tesla is almost legendary in the geek community. Forbes social media editor Alex Knapp took exception to Inman’s original Tesla comic and was blasted by Inman for his troubles.Inman’s gift for fundraising is also legendary. When he accused the site FunnyJunk.com of stealing content from The Oatmeal site in 2011, he was threatened with a defamation lawsuit by FunnyJunk lawyer Charles Carreon unless Inman paid the owners $20,000 in damages. Incensed, Inman’s response was unique: he would raise $20,000 in donations, take a photo of the money raised, and mail the attorney for FunnyJunk that photo along with a drawing of Carreon’s mom seducing a Kodiak bear. The money would be donated to the National Wildlife Foundation and the American Cancer Society.This led to Carreon personally suing Inman, the National Wildlife Foundation and the American Cancer Society (a suit that would later be dropped). And the fundraiser? That would raise a staggering $211,223.04, which Inman photographed, as promised.Given Inman’s enthusiasm for Tesla, and the past responsiveness of his fan base for his causes, Inman may indeed get the Goddamn Tesla Museum project on track: land, museum and all.Tesla picture by Napoleon Sarony (1821-1896) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Tags:#Non-Profits#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Asian Games 2010: Sodhi wins gold in men’s double trap event, ends India’s gold drought

first_imgRonjan Sodhi ended Indian shooters’ gold drought at the ongoing Asian Games by grabbing the yellow metal in the men’s double trap individual event in Guangzhou on Sunday.Sodhi shot 186 (139+47) to win the gold after qualifying second.The silver went to United Arab Emirate’s Shaikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum (182), while the bronze was bagged by Qatar’s Hamad Ali Al Marri (181) who finished on the podium after winning a shoot-off.The other Indians in fray, Asher Noria (134) and Vikram Bhatnagar (130) could not make it to the finals after finishing 11th and 16th respectively in the qualification round.Sodhi, Noria and Bhatnagar had clinched a bronze in the team event earlier in the morning.The Indian trio combined for a score of 403 after shooting 139, 134, 130 respectively.The Indian shooters’ medal count at the ongoing Asian Games now stands at one gold, two silver and four bronze.Sodhi, in fact, has been in fine form this year winning two silver medals in the Delhi Commonwealth Games last month.Earlier this year, the Arjuna awardee shot a perfect 50 hits out of 50 clays to set a new world record score of 195 and clinch the gold in the Double Trap event of the ISSF World Cup held at Lonato, Italy.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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