Payment concerns as thousands of jobs to go in Donegal tonight

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter With thousands of people in Donegal set to lose their jobs again from midnight tonight, the issue of the amount currently paid through the Pandemic Unemployment Payment has been raised in the Dail this afternoon. The rate of the payment was reduced from 350 euro almost a month ago, falling to €300 for workers who were previously earning over €300 a week.A rate of €250 applies to those whose pre-Covid earnings were between €200 and €300 a week.The Tanaiste was urged to reverse the cuts in the Dail by Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty.Deputy Doherty says that 350 was appropriate then and it’s appropriate now:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/pearsePUPdail1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Responding, Leo Varadkar says in order to extend the supports into 2021 difficult decisions had to be made:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/leoPUPdail1pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan WhatsApp Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Payment concerns as thousands of jobs to go in Donegal tonight Previous articleSurgery cancellations at LUH as Covid escalation plan implementedNext articleAnn Marie McGlynn runs for Ireland in Poland this weekend News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – October 15, 2020 Facebook Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitterlast_img read more

Primary production of phytoplankton off Signy Island, South Orkneys, the Antarctic

first_imgMarine planktonic primary production was studied in Borge Bay, Signy Island, the Antarctic, during the period January 1972–February 1974. Productivity was measured in situ by the radiocarbon uptake method. In 1972–1973 and 1973–1974, respectively, 86 and 289 gC m-2 a-1 was fixed in 16.5 m of water. The seasonal production cycle consisted of a rapid increase of a diatom standing crop dominated by Thalassiosira antarctica Comber, to a peak crop of 0.381-1 m-2 standing cell volume, 605 mg chla m-2 and 23.5 gC m -2, by the first week of January. Mid-summer productivity was high, 4.8 gC m-2 d-1 being fixed on occasion but specific fixation rates were relatively low (maximum 1.12 mgC mg-1 chla h-1). In late February the standing crop declined abruptly and during the winter period productivity and standing crop was small. Productivity and standing crop was greatly influenced by light climate and water stability.last_img read more

News story: Robin Walker: Securing the future of MRPQ

first_imgGood morning and thank you for your kind introduction.Represented here today are people from a huge range of sectors – from health professionals to architects, to lawyers, vets and dentists.It’s great to have this opportunity to explain the government’s approach to the negotiations and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the future partnership.British services and medical professionals have a global reputation for quality.And that global reputation has been made possible, in part, by the freedom you have had to work and practice outside of the UK and attract key talent from the EEA.For many of you, your work takes you right across Europe, and the world — supported by a system that recognises your professional qualifications, whether you earnt them here or elsewhere.You will have seen your own businesses and professions grow and develop thanks to the ability to access professional expertise within the EU, and the ability to provide your own services in another Member State.And I know the same can be said for businesses in the EU.Making sure that you can continue to practice and work across Europe, after we leave the EU, will be an important aspect of the new partnership we want to agree.Because as the Prime Minister has said, whilst we are leaving the European Union, we are not leaving Europe.Our European neighbours will continue to be friends and allies, and our trading partners.Brexit should not be about pulling up the drawbridge. It is about putting our relationship with the European Union on a new footing.The approach we need to take is one that respects the result of the referendum — and reflects the many decades of cooperation between the UK and other European states. Very beautifully illustrated I thought Baroness by your point about cooperation since the war.In the future, UK citizens will still want to work in other EU countries – just as EU citizens will want to do the same here.And that’s something I want to focus on a bit today in my comments.I’m sure many of you are keen to hear more about the government’s approach to the future partnership discussions.But first, I would like to make a few points about the progress of negotiations so far.In March, we agreed the terms of a time limited implementation period with the EU, that will start the day we leave the EU and end in December 2020.During that implementation period though we will no longer be a Member we have agreed that British people will be able to travel and work in the European Union, and European Union citizens vice versa during this period.And businesses will be able to carry on trading on the same terms they do now.Importantly for people and professions represented in this room, we have also agreed that common rules will remain in place — this includes the EU’s existing rules on recognising qualifications.This means that, in practice, professionals will be able to move easily according to their needs between the UK and the EU, and that they will be able to have their professional qualifications recognised.Just as they do now.I’ve heard from many different stakeholders in both public and private sectors how important this is, to give certainty about the arrangements that will apply immediately after our exit.And to make sure that where there may be changes in the future there should only be one set of changes at the end of an implementation period rather than multiple sets of changes.We have also made rapid progress on the details of the Withdrawal Agreement.We have reached agreement on much of the legal text and locked down full chapters on citizens’ rights and the financial settlement.Now, our aim is to finalise the rest of the Withdrawal Agreement by October, and develop the framework for our future partnership.So, the key question is — what does this mean for you?We talked about the importance to citizens and professionals who are already here and operating on the basis of their qualifications. Rightly the Prime Minister has put citizens’ rights as the first priority for negotiations. And that includes rights relating to the recognition of professional qualifications.And this is a commitment that we are delivering.The deal on citizens’ rights secured in the Withdrawal Agreement will give UK and EU nationals living in each other’s jurisdictions much needed certainty. And we have agreed full legal text on this including on residence, pensions, healthcare and social security coordination.As part of this, we have also agreed to continue recognising qualifications for residents and frontier workers if their qualifications have been recognised, or are in the process of being recognised, before the end of the implementation period. So right up until December 2020.This will cover everything recognised under the MRPQ directive, as well as lawyers practising under host title and approved statutory auditors and toxic product handlers.It means that EU professionals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU will have their rights preserved so that they can carry on living their lives broadly as they do now.Now there were some issues that we would have liked to get covered in the Withdrawal Agreement but which the EU determined related to the future relationship, particularly on services and we will return to those issues as we focus on the future partnership.Now, as we look towards the future, we are seeking a bold and ambitious agreement that goes further on services than any of its predecessors or precursors.It is our intention that the future economic partnership includes further provisions for professions such as yours, to continue working and sharing your knowledge with partners in the EU.As the Prime Minister herself has said, UK qualifications are already recognised across the EU, and vice versa. So it would make sense to continue doing so in the future.Encouragingly, this is an objective that is shared by the EU and one that is reflected in their own guidelines for the future relationship, where they refer to “ambitious provisions” for MRPQ.That is not surprising given the benefits that the current system are benefits to UK and EU professionals, public services, and businesses alike.In fact, since 1997, the UK has recognised over 142,000 EU qualifications under the MRPQ Directive. And over 27,000 decisions to recognise UK qualifications have been taken in the EU and its Member States.An ambitious agreement on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications will mean for example, UK architects can continue to design buildings in Paris, or Berlin.That lawyers right across the EU27 can continue advising clients in the UK and that enormous international expertise and value of UK law is available to EU citizens and companies in their international dealings.That Spanish nurses and doctors can continue to care for British patients in our hospitals and our NHS.This next stage of negotiations will also include discussion of topics such as the ability of professionals to provide services on a fly-in fly-out basis.We will be outlining our position for the future economic partnership in the forthcoming White Paper. This will offer detailed, precise and ambitious explanations of the UK’s position on our future relationship with the EU and I would welcome your views from all the professional bodies around this table following its publication next week.Because we want to make sure that the future system for continued mutual recognition works in practice — not just in principle — for both professionals and regulators.Because this is in all of our interests.And I know that you all have valuable networks and connections with business, regulators, professionals, and public services across Europe.Your voices are important in this debate.Just as we listen to British businesses and professional networks, we know the European Commission and its Member States are doing the same.Existing EU arrangements with third countries — for example the EU’s Free Trade Agreement with Canada — don’t go far enough in providing the level of mutual recognition that we believe our professionals need.So we hope that you will use your platforms to engage with your European networks to emphasise that an ambitious agreement, going beyond its precursors on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, is in everyone’s best interest.In this context I particularly welcome the open letter to the Prime Minister regarding the key asks of the professional and business services sector that was sent yesterday by the PBS Council. And that’s something that closely reflects the discussions I have had with that council in terms of what the sector wants to see.The feedback, engagement and support we are receiving from businesses professionals and regulators and all the bodies represented around this table, is invaluable.Because it is vital that as we negotiate our exit and our new relationship with the European Union, we continue to work together, so that we can reflect your needs, and your interests, at the negotiating table.And ultimately get the right deal for you — which I strongly believe will be the right deal for the country.Thank you.last_img read more

The State Inspectorate is finally bringing order. The eVisitor system compares ads on Booking.com to catch illegal renters

first_imgApart from the fact that illegal renters lower the price, they do not pay taxes (thus earning more than you) damage directly to you, as well as to the entire tourist destination. The new State Inspectorate has consolidated the tasks of 17 inspections within eight ministries. Thus, market, sanitary, veterinary, agricultural, hunting, forestry, phytosanitary, tourist, mining, inspection of pressure equipment, energy, management of toxic chemicals, labor, construction, environmental protection, nature protection and water inspection are united. Those who do everything according to the Law do not have to be afraid or intimidated by inspections. Recall, in accordance with the new amendments to the Law on Hospitality, which, among other things, requires that tourism inspectors have the opportunity to apply the principle of opportunity, ie the possibility that minor violations can be warned, with a deadline to correct irregularities, not to they immediately print out fines. So, if someone has listed their apartment on Booking.com, it is easy to see if the same landlord is also registered in the eVisitor system. On the other hand, all those who respect the Law and settle all their obligations to the State, turn out to be “fools” towards those who do not. So accordingly, the question arises whether you will report your “colleagues”, friends, neighbors who rent illegally? On the other hand, illegal renters are unfair competition and a big problem of our tourism. In addition to not paying taxes and all other levies, by lowering prices, they destroy the market and thus are unfair competition to all those who pay everything regularly and according to the law. RELATED NEWS: As the inspections merged and with the reorganization of the independent State Inspectorate, the work of the inspections should have been more efficient and functional. In tourism, it should enable a clearer and more concrete fight against the black and gray economy. Certainly, it is in everyone’s interest to suppress the black market, because they are unfair competition to legal landlords. It is in everyone’s interest to combat illegal landlords. Why would they be “smart” and you “fools”. Yes, that is exactly what everyone who pays according to the law turns out to be. center_img Report illegal landlords as well as anyone else who does not comply with the Act. “Advertising on platforms such as Booking.com and Airbnb can also be a reason to conduct inspections. Namely, the Law on Catering stipulates that when advertising and advertising services and displaying messages in promotional materials, the landlord may use only the designation of the prescribed type and the category and type of special standard of the facility determined by the competent office, and when advertising and advertising services with taxpayers from the European Union must indicate the tax number, ie VAT identification number”, They explain in the inspectorate for Poslovni dnevnik. TAX ADMINISTRATION MOVES FISCALIZATION SUPERVISION IN THE ACCOMMODATION SERVICE SECTOR Everyone must pay taxes and all levies prescribed by law, including landlords. We need fair market competition, so let the one who is better, more creative, more proactive, more capable “win” and the one who invests more in quality and gives his personal contribution as a host. Non-payment of taxes, non-registration of workers and illegal landlords are the cancer of the wound of our tourism, and the State Inspectorate will focus on that. In order to carry out better control and bring order to the black zone, under the new law, inspectors will be able to enter facilities that have not reported renting accommodation. It is the tourism sector, renters and catering facilities, announced by the State Inspectorate, that will be in focus before the start of the peak tourist season. The unified State Inspectorate began operations on Monday (April 01st). How to find illegal renters? Simply. Assistance to the State Inspectorate will be eVisitor data where all renters must register, and illegal renters will be compared with data / advertisements on the strongest booking portals, such as Booking.com and Airbnb.com. Illegal renters are unfair competitionlast_img read more

O’Neill: No contact for Ireland job

first_img It is, however, understood the Ulsterman is open to an approach, while former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, currently in charge at Ipswich, has not distanced himself from speculation linking him to the vacancy. Whoever the new Ireland manager is, he could face a baptism of fire in Germany. Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney has admitted that, in an ideal world, he would like to have Trapattoni’s replacement in place in time for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Group C leaders Germany – who won 6-1 at the Aviva Stadium in October last year – and Kazakhstan. Delaney told Sky Sports News: “Ideally it would be nice to have a manager in place for the games in October, but that’s not a must because it’s 12 months until we play our first European qualifiers in September. “It’s important that we get the right man in so we qualify for France 2016.” Ireland’s hopes of reaching the World Cup finals in Brazil are virtually over with a six-point gap behind second-placed Sweden with two games remaining. Norwich boss Chris Hughton and Leeds counterpart Brian McDermott, who were both mentioned – along with O’Neill, McCarthy and Roy Keane – by Delaney as prospective candidates in a radio interview on Wednesday, have ruled themselves out. The Keane camp was remaining tight-lipped on Thursday, and Delaney would not be drawn on his chances of being appointed after his infamous departure from Saipan before the 2002 World Cup finals. Former Sunderland and Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill says he has not been contacted over the vacant management role with Ireland. Delaney said: “It would be an interesting appointment, but it’s probably inappropriate for me to comment on individuals because if I start talking about one being ruled in or ruled out, that wouldn’t be correct for me. “We are going to get a new manager and that manager’s objectives will be to get us to the European Championship in 2016. “Football, as we all know, tends to surprise us, but I wouldn’t read anything in to someone being a favourite or not being a favourite.” Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes O’Neill is an ideal candidate. He said: “There’s no doubt about it, he could do the job standing on his head. No problem. “I’ve always said he’s a fantastic manager and it would be up to him whether he’d want to go into international football or go back to club football. I don’t know but whoever takes him has got a great manager.” The 61-year-old Northern Irishman, who represented his country 64 times as a midfielder, has been out of work since leaving the Black Cats in March and became the overwhelming bookmakers’ favourite to replace Giovanni Trapattoni as Ireland boss when the Italian was sacked on Wednesday. But when speaking to Sir Clive Woodward on BBC Radio Five Live on Thursday evening, O’Neill gave the link short shrift, saying: “I have had no contact whatsoever from anyone at the Irish FA at this moment and there’s not much more I can say about it.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Sars bid to win All Ireland title this afternoon

first_imgThurles Sarsfields are bidding to win the All Ireland Junior B hurling title this afternoon.They take on Kilnadeema Leitrim from Galway in Raheenagh Limerick at 2pm.Jamie Barrett, who’s part of the Sars management team, says they’ve a tough task on their hands… Photo © Tipp FMlast_img

Nurkic in Denver until 2017?

first_imgBH basketball player Jusuf Nurkic, who is currently playing for the NBA team Denver Nuggets, should stay in this team until 2017; it was published yesterday on the official site of the club.Namely, Denver decided to take advantage of the option in the contract of Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris, which refers to their staying in the club in the season 2016/2017.Information was published by the Deputy Sports Director of the club Tim Connelly.It was stated on the official site of the club that Nurkic was the 16th pick at the NBA draft in 2016, while Harris was the 19th pick.In the past season, Nurkic recorded an average of 17.8 minutes per match, 6.9 points and 6.2 rebounds.(Source: klix.ba)last_img