Award of almost €20,000 to security staff

first_imgWhatsApp Advertisement Linkedin Print NewsLocal NewsAward of almost €20,000 to security staffBy admin – January 24, 2012 659 AN appeals tribunal has awarded a total of almost €20,000 to Limerick employees of a Dublin company who, it found, had not been paid their full entitlements. 15 people took cases to the Employment Appeals Tribunal against Federal Security Newco Limited, Hilton House, Ardee Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6. The claims were taken under the Minimum Notice and terms of employment act and of the 15 claimants, four did not appear to have their cases heard.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The workers were represented by the Dell Redundant Workers Association in Limerick while the security firm had a representative of the Dublin based Management Support Services (Irl) Ltd appear on their behalf.Making awards of between €510 and €3,860, being the equivalent of between one and five weeks pay, the tribunal noted that none of the claimants had signed a waiver which the company presented to the Tribunal on its own behalf.“The Tribunal is satisfied that all claimants received one week’s notice by way of letter dated 22 January 2010 and accordingly awards minimum notice,” the findings said.The total of the awards came to €19,420.40center_img Facebook Email Twitter Previous article€260,000 theft by law firm clerk leads to prison sentenceNext articleCertainty sought on future of Shannon Airport adminlast_img read more

Michelle Obama eats 1,700-calorie meal: Is she a hypocrite?

first_img Share Can you preach healthy eating and order a 1,700-calorie lunch at a burger joint? A lot of people are saying ‘no’ because the person in question is the First Lady, a role model, and her primary focus while inhabiting the White House has been to urge the country to eat and live healthier. For the record, she was at the new D.C. location of the popular Shake Shack, and the calories were spent on a hamburger, fries, chocolate shake, and Diet Coke. If it was me, I’d probably ditch the Diet Coke, maybe share the fries, but if that’s what’s going to round out the meal for her, who are we to stop her? I believe that balance is a virtue. Eating salads and sustainable fish everyday leaves a person with a lot of greasy, repressed cravings that I don’t want for myself or my leaders. Enough with all this ‘our candidates and their wives have to be specimens of perfection.’ Our country is overweight, so she’s been sharing a message of healthy eating. But Michelle has admitted her own salty weakness. “Look my favorite food in the whole wide world is French fries,” she has said. Have you gotten a different message from her? Do you think she’s asking us to be more perfect than she is?by Sarah Fuss Share Sharing is caring! 23 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Food & DiningHealthLifestyle Michelle Obama eats 1,700-calorie meal: Is she a hypocrite? by: – July 13, 2011last_img read more

COC review: Man City and Everton ease through, Stoke see off Sheffield Wednesday

first_imgManchester City took their place in the Capital One Cup semifinals with a 4-1 win over Hull City.City went ahead as Kevin De Bruyne’s low shot struck the post, and Wilfried Bony buried the rebound in the 12th minute.The Premier League leaders had to wait to make the game safe, but two goals in two minutes from Kelechi Iheanacho and De Bruyne in the final 10 gave them a cushion before De Bruyne bagged his second from a free kick and Andy Robertson pulled one back late on.Everton eased through with a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough thanks to an inspired performance from Gerard Deulofeu.The former Barcelona starlet scored a stunning solo goal after running from his own half and slaloming through the Boro defence to slot home. He then put the ball on the head of Romelu Lukaku for the second before 30 minutes had expired.Stoke eased through as goals from Ibrahim Afellay and substitute Phil Bardsley secured a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Sheffield Wednesday. Afellay put the Potters ahead in the 30th minute, the summer signing registering his first goal for the club with a delightfully-executed volley.Bardsley then smashed home a low effort from outside the box in the 75th minute — also opening his Potters goalscoring account – to seal what will be Stoke’s first League Cup semifinal appearance since 1971-72, the year they raised the trophy.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Woods back on top in golf

first_imgRECLAIMS TOP SPOT–Tiger Woods waves to fans as he walks off the 18th hole after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament, March 25, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)  by Doug FergusonORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The moment was vintage Tiger Woods, and so was his reaction.Seconds after Rickie Fowler made a 40-foot birdie putt on the 12th hole to pull within two shots of the lead, Woods posed over his 25-foot birdie putt until he swept the putter upward in his left hand and marched toward the cup as it dropped for a birdie.Fowler, standing on the edge of the green, turned with a slight smile as if to say, “What else can I do?”Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Monday and returned to No. 1 in the world for the first time since October 2010, the longest spell of his career. After all that time, after so much turmoil with his personal life and his health, Woods looks as good as ever.Maybe better.“It’s a byproduct of hard work, patience and getting back to winning golf tournaments,” Woods said.He essentially wrapped up his eighth title at Bay Hill with an 8-iron out of a fairway bunker on the par-5 16th that easily cleared the water and landed safely on the green for a two-putt birdie. Woods dangled his tongue out of his mouth as the ball was in the air, another sign of his swagger.Just like his other two wins this year, Woods never let anyone get closer than two shots in the final round. With a conservative bogey he could afford on the final hole, he closed with a 2-under 70 for a two-shot win over Justin Rose.Woods walked off the 18th green waving his putter over his head — truly a magic wand at Bay Hill — to acknowledge the fans who have seen this act before. His eighth win in the Arnold Palmer Invitational tied a PGA Tour record that had not been touched in 48 years.This win had extra significance. He’s back to No. 1.“If I get healthy, I know I can play this game at a high level,” Woods said. “I know I can be where I’m contending in every event, contending in major championships and being consistent day in and day out — if I got healthy. That was the first step in the process. Once I got there, then my game turned.”A year ago, he came to Bay Hill without having won in more than 2½ years. He left this year having won six times in his last 20 starts on the PGA Tour.Next up is the Masters, where Woods will try to end his five-year drought in the majors.“I’m really excited about the rest of this year,” Woods said.Woods fell as low as No. 58 in the world as he coped with the collapse of his marriage, a loss of sponsors and injuries to his left leg. One week after he announced he was dating Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn, Woods returned to the top of golf.“Number 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!” Vonn tweeted moments after his win.Asked if there was any correlation to his winning right after going public with his relationship, Woods smiled and said, “You’re reading way too much into this.”Like so many other victories, this one was never really close.Fowler pulled to within two shots with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole, but after he and Woods made bogey on the 15th, Fowler went at the flag on the par-5 16th and came up a few yards short and into the water. Fowler put another ball into the water and made triple bogey.“I was swinging it well.  I made a few putts, and trying to put a little pressure on them, let them know I was there,” Fowler said. “Just would like to have that 7-iron back on 16. Just kind of a touch heavy.”Woods played it safe on the 18th, and nearly holed a 75-foot par putt that even drew a big smile from the tournament host.Woods tied the tour record of eight wins in a single tournament. Sam Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times from 1938 to 1965 at two golf courses. Woods tied his record for most wins at a single golf course, having also won eight times at Torrey Pines, including a U.S. Open.“I don’t really see anybody touching it for a long time,” Palmer said while Woods made his way up the 18th fairway. “I had the opportunity to win a tournament five times, and I knew how difficult that was.”Rose, who played the first two rounds with Woods, closed with a 70 to finish alone in second.He pulled to within two shots of Woods with a birdie on the 16th. Woods was in the group behind him in the fairway bunker on the par 5, and hit 8-iron over the water and onto the middle of the green for a two-putt birdie to restore his margin.“He plays every shot like he plays them on Sunday,” Rose said. “His intensity is the same on Thursday often as it is on Sunday, and that makes Sunday a lot less different for him. He plays in that kind of atmosphere far more regularly than a lot of guys do, and it’s an adjustment for most of us. It’s a known for him.”Fowler had to settle for a 73 and a tie for third with Mark Wilson (71), Keegan Bradley (71) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (72).Rory McIlroy had been No. 1 since he won the PGA Championship last August. He can reclaim the No. 1 ranking by winning the Houston Open this week. Woods heads home to south Florida for two weeks before the Masters.Asked the last time he felt this good going to Augusta National, Woods replied, “It’s been a few years.”This was the fourth time in his career that he already had three PGA Tour wins before the Masters — he didn’t win a green jacket in any of the previous years (2000, 2003 and 2008). More telling, perhaps, is that Woods has won back-to-back starts for the first time since the Buick Open and Bridgestone Invitational in August 2009.“I think it shows that my game is consistent,” he said. “It’s at a high level.”Woods finished at 13-under 275 and won for the 77th time on the PGA Tour, moving to within five of Snead’s record.Fowler, his first time playing with Woods in the final group, opened with eight pars when he needed to be making up ground. And when he finally had a few openings on the back nine, Woods refused to let him through.Woods salvaged a two-putt par with a 7-footer on the 11th hole to keep a three-shot lead. On the next hole, Fowler looked to gain some momentum when he made a 40-foot birdie putt only for Woods to match him with that 25-foot birdie.Woods produced some absurd statistics with the putter this week, making 19 of 28 putts from between 7 feet and 20 feet.He walked off the green to share a handshake with Palmer, along with a big smile and some words that Woods said were best kept private. He left the course in that familiar blue blazer that goes to the winner.And he left as the No. 1 player in the world.It’s the 11th time that Woods has gone back to No. 1, tied with Greg Norman since the ranking began in 1986. Still to be determined is how long Woods stays there this time.last_img read more

Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence

first_imgIn this May 23, 2014, file photo, Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during an news conference in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season.Critics of the NFL’s arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it’s time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women.Three members of Congress wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reconsider Rice’s suspension, the governor of Maine says he’ll boycott the league, and numerous groups that advocate for women and families condemned the penalty as too lenient.League officials may soon take action on the matter. A person familiar with the NFL’s plans says the league is looking into increasing punishments for players involved in domestic violence. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made on such a decision.“The first time with marijuana is different from the first time you are knocking your wife unconscious,” said Judy Harris Kluger, executive director of Sanctuary for Families and a former judge in New York City. “It’s not what they did was such a small sort of slap on the wrist. Punishment to me, they should have suspended for a season at least and let him appeal. At least you send a message that this is not tolerated, that this matters.”Rice’s suspension begins Saturday, a punishment handed down after grainy video showed him dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator unconscious Feb. 15. He has not divulged what happened in the elevator except to call his actions “totally inexcusable.”His assault charges could be expunged once he completes a diversion program. So the NFL gave him the only punishment he likely faces in a suspension and a fine that totals more than $500,000.“My daughter is 2 years old now. One day she’s going to know the power of Google. Me having to explain that to her, what happened that night, that’s something I have to live with the rest of my life,” Rice said at training camp.By comparison, Washington safety Brandon Meriweather was handed a two-game suspension for a hit during an exhibition game for a sixth violation of player safety rules. Broncos kicker Matt Prater has been suspended four games for violating terms of the league’s alcohol program as a repeat offender. Gordon was suspended for two games last season, and his appeal of his one-year ban for violating the substance abuse policy at least a third time was rejected Wednesday.The NFL has guidelines bargained with the NFL Players Association setting out penalties for using illegal and performance-enhancing drugs. Domestic violence, covered under personal conduct, has been left to the discretion of the commissioner.The NFL’s personal code of conduct makes it clear that domestic violence will not be tolerated, Kluger says. But she says the league didn’t follow that code in punishing Rice.“It boggles the mind that they did not act in a way that … sent a message that this is more serious,” said Kluger, who helped oversee New York putting in courts that deal specifically with domestic violence.This is not a new issue for the NFL. Since January 2000, 77 players have been involved in 85 domestic violence incidents with six being cut by their teams, according to USA Today’s NFL Arrests Database. The NFL suspended six players for one game each, and Rice now is the second player to be suspended for two games.Goodell has defended the Rice suspension, saying the league can’t just “make up the discipline” and needs to be consistent. He also said Rice took responsibility and had not been in trouble before.U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin sent a letter to Goodell and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome decrying Rice’s punishment and suggesting the Ravens also discipline the running back.“The decision to suspend Mr. Rice for a mere two games sends the inescapable message that the NFL does not take domestic or intimate-partner violence with the seriousness they deserve,” the letter said.The NFL has yet to punish Carolina Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy, who is awaiting a jury trial on his conviction for attacking his ex-girlfriend in his apartment in May. A judge gave him a 60-day suspended jail sentence and 18 months’ probation, which he is appealing.What the NFL does next is being watched closely, according to a consultant who helps train police, lawyers and judges on domestic violence.“I hope they reflect and self-assess themselves and come out and say, ‘We want to be the national standard for how we feel about violence against women,’” said Mark Wynn, a former Nashville police lieutenant working to prevent violence against women for 30 years.Goodell emphasized Rice’s punishment was for a first offense. Wynn says a crisis line director told him victims don’t usually call for help until the fifth incident.“The stronger voice of the NFL about this that we have no tolerance for violence against women, no tolerance of coercion, no tolerance of objectifying women, that to me would be a real pivotal moment for professional sports where they say enough is enough,” Wynn said.___AP Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich and News Researcher Judith Asubel contributed to this report.___Online:AP NFL website: and .last_img read more

Pill Pedalers ride the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge to help in the fight against MS

first_imgHowever, due to road construction on Highway 6, the route has been modified.The new route means the ride begins in Nelson travels to Salmo before returning back to Rotary Lakeside Park for the traditional Save-On-Foods Celebration Dinner.Sunday, riders leave Lakeside Park, head over the Big Orange Bridge on Highway 3A for Proctor and back to Nelson.When the Pill Pedalers take to the road next week, they’ll have a special person in mind.“Andrew’s father, Eugene, recently passed away after a 30-year fight against MS, so it is a cause that is close to our hearts,” von Diebitsch explains.“As healthcare providers, we also want to ride to support our clients and others in our community struggling with MS.”“The fight is always easier when you know you have people on your side,” she said.Multiple sclerosis (MS), also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata, is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged.This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental and sometimes psychiatric problems.Proceeds from MS Bike fund vital MS research and programs and services that enable those affected by MS.To participate, all you need is a bike and a passion to end MS. “This tour is run by the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society and the money raised supports the programs and services offered in West Kootenay and Boundary areas to people living with MS and their caregivers,” said Leona Dimock, West Kootenay Glacier Challenge Bike Tour Coordinator.von Diebitsch said the Pill Pedlars consist of co-worker, family and friends, some who have never ridden road bikes before.“We are fortunate enough to be able to (ride),” von Diebitsch said.“We are a team, at work, at home and in the fight to END MS!”For more information on the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge go to or contact Leona Dimock at 1-866-352-3997 or [email protected] There are individuals participating in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge ride to conquer MS (Multiple sclerosis) and there are teams.The latter generally pools friends, co-workers and family together for encouragement during the long 154-kilometer journey, but also to raise funds necessary to allow research to find that elusive cure.The Pill Pedalers is one such team, that also garners Mallard’s Source for sports Team of the Week status.Most of the Pill Pedalers have never ridden road bikes before.So overcoming the enormous distance, no matter if the trek is split up over two days is a daunting task to say the least.However, the Pill Pedalers are all in for the August 22-23 test if it means one person may benefit from the funds raised.“We thought it would be a fun opportunity to raise awareness of MS, while taking on a great physical challenge as a team,” said team spokesperson Ayla von DiebitschThe team of Teressa Hodsall, von Diebitsch, Bill McDonnell, Jennifer McDonnell, Andrew Hoffert and the youngest team member, Lucas McDonnell-Hoffert, von Diebitsch said, was inspired by Dr. Jim Noiles, a local physician in Nelson.Noiles is one of the major fundraisers for the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge.“Every year he does an amazing job at fundraising and since we are beside him in the clinic, he easily inspires those around him,” von Diebitsch said.The West Kootenay Glacier Challenge usually takes participants from New Denver to Nelson and Nelson to New Denver via Kaslo.last_img read more

NMHA drives away with donation from Nelson Ford during Drive 4UR Community fundraiser

first_imgLaunched in Canada in 2010, the Drive 4UR Community program is a Ford’s pillar test drive fundraising program.The program is a fun and exciting way to engage schools and local community causes and support their fundraising efforts.Ford Dealerships partner with a local school or community organization to conduct a test drive event together. For every valid test drive completed at the event, Ford of Canada donates $20 to the cause – up to a maximum of $6,000.Nelson Minor Hockey was the recipient of a donation of $2600 to help the program through the upcoming season.On hand for the presentation were Ike Braga and Gerry Cesa of Nelson Ford andLisa Upper, Brad Ouchi, Derrick Bruce and Kim Osika from Nelson Minor Hockey. Gerry Cesa, Ike Braga and the friendly staff at Nelson Ford were all too quick to help out Nelson Minor Hockey with the recent Drive 4UR Community fundraiser.last_img read more

Warriors Hall of Famer is no fan of Rockets’ style and here’s why

first_imgDisclaimer: The Rockets have given the Warriors all they can handle — and then some — through four games of their playoff series. They are talented and driven and have won two games on merit. They should be pleased with themselves.That said, the Rockets play such aesthetically displeasing basketball that I fear for my corneas should this series go the distance.That’s not just my opinion. I’m bringing a Hall of Famer in for backup. Surely you remember Rick Barry.Barry played most of his …last_img read more

Firefox 3.5 Takes the Top Spot Worldwide

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Browsers#news#web mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… While IE still dominates the browser market – with 55% of people using some version – all combined versions of Firefox occupy 32% and have been steadily gaining ground. Released at the end of June, version 3.5 of Firefox has quickly climbed the charts. IE 8, on the other hand – which was first released in beta more than a year earlier, with a full release in March 2009 – now holds a similar 20% of the market to that of Firefox 3.5’s 22%. It would seem that a majority of Firefox 3.5 users were already using 3.0 and upgraded, as the 20% drop in 3.0 use almost directly correlates to the 22% increase in 3.5. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Firefox hit a new milestone today, as version 3.5 overtook Internet Explorer 7.0 with nearly 22% of the browser market, according to statistics from web analytics service StatCounter. This comes on the heels of statistics we saw earlier this month, which showed Firefox overtaking IE for overall usage in Germany.last_img read more