Concern raised as cross border workers lose out on tax benefits

first_imgConcern has been sparked following revelations that workers from Donegal are losing tax benefits in Northern Ireland following changes introduced by the British government.Sinn Fein Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, who has written to both the British and Irish governments, outlined his concern on Monday.He said: “Over recent weeks, I have learned that with the introduction of the Universal Credit system by the British government, workers are now being asked to provide a postcode of residence within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom to avail of tax credits. “Of course, workers from Donegal can’t provide such information and have found themselves being denied these vital financial supports.“I have made representations to the Minister for Social Protection and Employment Affairs, Regina Doherty asking that the Irish government seek an urgent resolution to this problem and my Sinn Féin colleagues Karen Mullan, MLA and Alex Maskey MLA have made similar representations to the British government.“Workers from Donegal working in the six counties or in the North of Ireland are denied access to supports like Family Income Supplement in the 26 counties because they are working in another tax jurisdiction,” he added.“This is bad enough but to also deny them tax benefits like any other worker in that jurisdiction is just plain discrimination and it has to be resolved and stopped as soon possible.” Concern raised as cross border workers lose out on tax benefits was last modified: July 29th, 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

Man receives serious eye injury in vicious Letterkenny attack

first_imgA young man was left with a serious eye injury when he was attacked in Letterkenny.The attack happened around 3.15am on Sunday morning last at Lower Port Road.The man was knocked unconscious after he was set upon and sustained a serious eye injury. Gardai are trawling through CCTV footage as part of their investigation.They are keen to speak to a man who was seen with blood on his nose and possibly wearing a blue shirt who may have been involved in the attack.Garda Sgt Eunan Walsh said “The victim suffered a serious eye injury as a result of the attack and we are keen to speak to anybody who may have witnessed the incident.”Anybody with any information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 91 67100. Man receives serious eye injury in vicious Letterkenny attack was last modified: August 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:attackeyeInjuryletterkennylast_img read more

Penza: From Redwoods to the Redwood Bowl, it was a Saturday worth being in the rain

first_imgHaving there be rain here on the North Coast is basically like it being sunny and 75 down in San Diego 12 months out of there year.It’s a constant. It’s not a surprise.With that said, if you are a Humboldt County football fan, this Saturday was for you. Yes, even if it meant busting out more than just your parka and rain boots just to make sure you weren’t drying your clothes two days later.Whether it was at College of the Redwoods or the Redwood Bowl, it was quite a good football Saturday …last_img read more

Local athletes named to all-star teams

first_imgREDDING >> Simpson University will host the Redding Breakfast Lions Club’s 22nd annual boys and girls high school All-Star basketball games on Sunday, April 2, at 2211 College View Drive.Sixty athletes from throughout far Northern California, including two girls and four boys from Tehama County schools, will participate under the guidance of four volunteer coaches. Lexi Pritchard and Allyson Drury will represent the Red Bluff Spartans on the girls South team. Drury led the Eastern League with …last_img read more

South African rugby photographer honoured in NZ

first_imgRay Maota This picture of the first test betweenSouth Africa and New Zealand in 1970won Wessel Oosthuizen the SA SportsPicture of the Year at that time. Oosthuizen released his career chroniclingcoffee-table book, Portrait of Rugby,in 2010.(Images: SA Sport Picture Agency)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wessel OosthuizenSA Sports Picture Agency+27 83 443 7111RELATED ARTICLES• SA shines at Precision Flying Champs• Afrika takes top sevens accolade• Rugby sewing initiative kicks off • Rugby World Cup: back the BoksSouth African veteran sports photographer Wessel Oosthuizen has been honoured at an exhibition in New Zealand, where his image was rated second out of 120 submissions.Oosthuizen’s photo was part of the Union: The Heart of Rugby exhibition at Auckland City Hall, which took place during the recent Rugby World Cup. The display was viewed by more than 6 000 people.A coffee table book of the same name will be published in November 2011.Oosthuizen’s image, which shows an off-duty Western Cape police officer playing rugby and ready to make a line-out throw, was rated by exhibition viewers as the second most iconic shot that captures the essence of the sport.This image is one of six that were published in Oosthuizen’s book, Portrait of Rugby, in 2010.Oosthuizen said: “It is a great honour for me and the picture was published on the back page of the New Zealand Herald this week together with Ross Land’s winning picture of Richie McCaw, of the All Blacks, bleeding after a game against the Springboks.”Included in the exhibition were audio-visual interviews from outstanding World Cup players over the years like John Kirwan, Nick Farr-Jones, Joel Stransky, Martin Johnson and Philippe Sella.Kelsen Butler of Sports Inc said at the time of the event: “Union: The Heart of Rugby is a unique exhibition. The Auckland Town Hall is one of the city’s most iconic and historic buildings and is an ideal venue to showcase a world-class event to a large number of people.”Butler added that the two most photographed players featured in the exhibition were former New Zealand player Jonah Lomu and Sebastien Chabal of France.For New Zealanders onlyDuring the exhibition New Zealanders were invited to submit images from amateur rugby settings, which were entered into a competition.The images had to show one of the characteristic rugby values: heroism, pride, glory, passion, teamwork, courage and friendship.There were two categories: “College” for high school pupils and tertiary education students, and “Open” for all other amateur photographers.Laura Leach won the College category for an image of muddied youngsters playing rugby, while Wayne Dowd took the Open section for his image of two youngsters walking hand-in-hand after a match.Hall of FameOosthuizen was inducted as a member of the South African Sport and Arts Hall of Fame in 2009 and has over 50 years of experience as a sports photographer.He has covered a variety of sporting codes, including football, rugby, golf, gymnastics, boxing and tennis.He was named the SA Hockey Photographer of the Year in 2005 and 2010, and the Sasol Springbok Photographer of the Year in 2007 and 2008.In 1970 he took the SA Sports Picture of the Year, which showed Frik du Preez and the All Blacks’ Chris Laidlaw in action during the first test between South Africa and New Zealand of that same year.Oosthuizen said about the photo: “I had captured two other dramatic pictures in the same game. People seem to have forgotten about it.”Although he has covered most types of sport, rugby is his first love.It is believed that his only rival as a rugby photographer is New Zealand’s Peter Bush.A portrait of rugbyOosthuizen’s photographic career is well documented in the limited-edition Portrait of Rugby, an A3 landscape-size book of which only 1 000 copies were printed.Oosthuizen said: “When I page through the book I am still astounded that I have actually been to all those venues: from Twickenham in London to Westpac Stadium in Wellington, from Beervlei Dam in the Karoo to Stewart Island, the southern-most rugby field in the world, below New Zealand’s South Island.“I have worked with the best rugby photographers in the world and the last chapter, ‘Friends and Colleagues’ was dedicated to them and to our friendship. They are kindly allowing me to use some of their greatest pictures.”The book, a collector’s item, is priced at R4 500 (US$ 576).last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, September 20, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sunny, warm and dry today. In fact, we are looking at the warmest day of the week, and likely the warmest day of the rest of the year. That’s not just us being pessimistic, but realistic, as we see pattern change coming behind frontal boundaries over the next week to 10 days. So, today, it will feel like summer again, while we get ready to flip the calendar into fall. Today will feature low humidity and excellent evaporation to go along with warm south winds.A cold front moves through the state tomorrow. The front is not all that impressive, at least in terms of moisture content. We see scattered showers bringing a few hundredths to .4 inch in most areas that see rain. We still won’t rule out some higher amounts of course, but our concern over thundershowers or has decreased considerably in the past 24 hours. Coverage tomorrow into the evening will be around 70%.Dry weather is back for the weekend in most of the state. We see heavy rains staying south of the Ohio river, but a recent model run is trying to make a case for taking some rains, particularly on Sunday, north of the river into the southernmost counties of the state. We are not ready to make that change in our forecast yet but will be looking closely at this tomorrow morning and will make a decision on any forecast change then before we get to the weekend.Rain is back with moderate to heavy rains for Monday and Tuesday. We see rain totals of half to 2” combined over nearly 100% of the state. These rains will come in bands, so it may not rain constant for the period, but we will see good rain on multiple occasions. There can be some morning showers on Wednesday before sun returns, and the sun will work in from north to south. In fact, we can see some additional rains up to .4” south of I-70 for Wednesday before everything ends. Then we are fully dry for next Thursday.Friday brings our next system a little faster than our previous forecast. That event has potential for half to 1.5” rains over 90% of the state. There is a threat of stronger thunderstorms as well. However, unlike the early week system, the moisture does not hang around long, and will be gone by midnight next Friday night. The map at right shows rain totals from tomorrow through next Friday night….this includes the 2 big system, and tomorrow little minor batch of moisture.A longer-term dry pattern kicks off next Saturday to end our 10-day forecast window, and then continues all the way through the 11-16 day forecast period. We have strong Canadian high pressure slowly meandering across the central and eastern corn belt in the period, and we should see low humidity and good drying again. The difference there vs what we have seen here recently will be temperatures…we should be significantly cooler as we finish September and move into October than right now. Looking past the end of the 11-16 day period, we see a strong front building to the west, and that should bring rains of at least 1 inch back in for the October 6th and 7th time frame.Temps are well above normal today (like we already covered at the start of our forecast). We go to near and slightly above normal behind tomorrow’s front for the weekend and early next week. The behind the Monday-Tuesday rain event, we see our most significant drop in temps, as we spend the rest of the week normal to below normal. We make another move lower in temps behind next Friday’s system. We are tentatively looking for our first frost in Ohio around October 1st-3rd. (map of potential morning lows  for October 1 is below). This would be about a week to 10 days ahead of normal, if it happens. That is a big if right now. We expect a pattern shift…but there is plenty of time for the airmass to modify.last_img read more

MSC Bank loan scam: police file FIR against directors

first_imgThe Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai police on Monday registered a first information report (FIR) against directors of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank for allegedly disbursing fraudulent loans leading to losses to the tune of crores of rupees. While no one has been named in the FIR yet, the bank’s directors, at the time of the alleged offence, include senior Nationalist Congress Party leaders like Ajit Pawar, Vijaysinh Mohite Patil and Anand Adsul.Joint Commissioner of Police (EOW) Rajvardhan Sinha confirmed that the FIR was registered on Monday. The Bombay High Court (HC), which is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) regarding the case, had last week directed the EOW to register an FIR in the matter within five days. “We have only mentioned directors of the bank as the accused in the FIR for now, and further action will be based on investigations,” Mr. Sinha said. The FIR has been registered under the relevant sections for cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code.The HC issued the directive on a PIL filed by activist Surinder Mohan Arora, who alleged lack of police action on his complaint regarding the fraud.The PIL was filed on the basis of a National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development inspection report in 2011, which indicated widespread malpractices while granting loans amounting to crores of rupees by the bank to various cooperative sugar factories. The report indicates that the losses caused to the MSC Bank were to the tune of ₹2,061 crore.The HC Bench had last week observed that the report indicates bank records were forged and profits were fraudulently declared, and that non performing asset accounts were kept hidden while sanctioning illegal loans.last_img read more

Multiplatform TV search and recommendation firm Th

first_imgMultiplatform TV search and recommendation firm ThinkAnalytics said it had a “record-breaking financial year” for the 12 months ending June 30 after almost doubling its subscriber base from 70 to 130 million licenses.The firm also said it expanded its customer portfolio to 52 operators worldwide, introduced support for five new languages bringing the total supported to 17, and recorded 100% growth in both revenues and profits.“We think our growth is proving that as recommendations solutions get more and more sophisticated, the value of bringing ten years of real field deployment is very important to our customers as they continue to build the best proven solution for their customers and marketing objectives,” said Eddie Young, Chairman ThinkAnalytics.Peter Docherty, founder and chief technology officer, ThinkAnalytics, added: “We see a significant lift in VOD and live TV viewership after our recommendations platform is deployed. Our service provider customers are given a great deal of flexibility in how the recommendations interface with their customers, 50 percent lift is not unusual, with some operators seeing even higher returns.”ThinkAnalytics offers its recommendations engine as both a traditional, on-premise solution and as a cloud-based service. Its customrrs include Liberty Global, Cox Communications, BSkyB and Virgin Media.last_img read more